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The small and pleasant city of Inverness is easily explored on foot in about half a day. The city museum provides a good introduction and usefully lies beside the visitor centre, while most other points of interest can be linked by a lovely two-hour waterside walk that follows the River Ness south, and then crosses to the opposite bank via a couple of islands. Here, you'll find the lovely Botanic Gardens, and from these it's a short walk west to the Caledonian Canal whose footpath takes you back north. Cut east from here and you're back in the centre of Inverness.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

History Museums

Castle Gallery

Art Galleries

River Ness

Bodies of Water

Inverness Botanic Gardens

Gardens

ShipSpace

Speciality Museums

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Inverness Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

Culloden Battlefield

Battlefields, Historic Sites, Visitor Centres, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rosemarkie Beach

Beaches

Groam House Museum

Speciality Museums

Chanonry Point

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Christian W's City Tips

  • Central Inverness has a good range of cafes and restaurants, though its pubs serve reasonable food too and are often the most fun. Ask at the visitor centre about live music.
  • Inverness' attractions can be comfortably explored on foot. Out of town you'll need your own transport to visit Culloden, while Rosmarkie is served by public bus.
  • Be sure to drop in to the Inverness visitor centre for the latest information on local buses, tides and closures.
  • Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
    History Museums
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    Christian W Says:

    A great place to get your bearings, start here to find out about the city's history and get an insight into Highland traditions. The display on Pictish (medieval Scottish tribe) history is of particular interest if you're heading up to the Black Isle.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum cafe serves good soup and has a fine range of cakes.
    • There's also an art gallery here, which frequently hosts good visiting exhibitions.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 49 things to do in Inverness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free Museum 02/12/2018
    • A little gem. Actually two. no, three 22/11/2018
    • Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
    Address:
    Castle Wynd
    Inverness
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 237114
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    12:00 - 16:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Castle Gallery
    Art Galleries
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    Christian W Says:

    This small, relaxed gallery lies in the shadow of the castle, and its broad range of art (paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glassworks and fine jewellery) by regional artists – and lack of pressure to buy anything – makes it well worth a stop.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A great spot for unique local gifts and souvenirs (if your budget allows).
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 49 things to do in Inverness
    • What a lovely lovely place! 23/11/2018
    • Vega 09/10/2018
    • Castle Gallery
    Address:
    43 Castle Street
    Inverness IV2 3DU
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 729512
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • River Ness
    Bodies of Water
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    Christian W Says:

    The photogenic River Ness cuts Inverness in two and has lovely leafy paths that wind past dignified townhouses on either side. There are islands to explore too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The small island at the centre of the Ness is occasionally closed, so to be sure check first at the visitor centre (beside the castle).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 49 things to do in Inverness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful River Walks 09/12/2018
    • Just Magical 28/11/2018
    • River Ness
    Phone:
    +44 1456 450551
    Other:
  • Inverness Botanic Gardens
    Gardens
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    Christian W Says:

    These gardens have a lovely array of exotic plants and cacti, and as many are in glasshouses, they're well worth a visit whatever the weather.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The pleasant cafe has a wide selection of scrumptious cakes.
    • Regularly used as a wedding venue, the gardens are often closed to the public – call or ask at the visitor centre before you head out here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 49 things to do in Inverness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A cafe to head for on a river walk 25/11/2018
    • A little gem. Free entry, but donations very welcome. 17/11/2018
    • Inverness Botanic Gardens
    Address:
    Inverness Botanic Gardens Bught Lane
    Bught Park
    Inverness IV3 5SS
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 713553
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • ShipSpace
    Speciality Museums
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    Christian W Says:

    This eccentric attraction is the work of one man with a passion, and includes an intriguing 1:10 scale model of the Titanic along with several other vessels; fishing boats, trawlers and life boats among them. Kids will particularly love it as they are free to clamber at will!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • It's free, but donations are requested (which go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Inverness
    • Bonkers but in a good way! 04/04/2018
    • Feel the love 14/02/2018
    • ShipSpace
    Address:
    16 Clachnaharry Road
    Inverness IV3 8QH
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 716839
    Hours:
    Fri
    10:00 - 15:00
    Other:
  • Merkinch Local Nature Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
    Christian W Says:

    This modest nature reserve is worth a visit if you have a little time on your hands towards the end of your walk around Inverness. You should see plenty of birdlife here – like herons and oyster catchers – and might be lucky with a seal, dolphin or otter sighting too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The best time to see wildlife is around two hours after low tide. (Check tide times at the visitor centre.)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 49 things to do in Inverness
    • A gem 26/07/2018
    • Lovely place for a walk... 05/07/2018
    • Merkinch Local Nature Reserve
    Address:
    4 Grant Street
    See Facebook page Friend of Merkinch Local Nature Reserve
    Inverness IV3 8BL
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 718989
    Other:
  • Inverness Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Christian W Says:

    While not terribly old by Scottish standards (1869), this cathedral is nonetheless worth a stop for its beautiful stained glass windows, Russian icons and Irish marble pulpit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The church guidebook is inexpensive and useful if you have an interest in art and architecture.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 49 things to do in Inverness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Cathedral 27/11/2018
    • A bit disappointing 07/11/2018
    • Inverness Cathedral
    Address:
    15 Ardross Street
    Inverness IV3 5NS
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 225553
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Culloden Battlefield
    Battlefields, Historic Sites, Visitor Centres, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Christian W Says:

    It was here on windswept Culloden Moor that the last battle on British soil took place – on April 16, 1746. Some 1500 Scots perished in what became a turning point in Scottish history. Walking around the moor is moving and thought-provoking, and its visitor centre, with its actors and multi-media reconstructions, is really well designed.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The Culloden Moor Inn (on the way to the Clava Cairns) is a good place for something to eat.
    • Clava Cairns, a prehistoric stone circle, lies close by and is worth a look. Visitor Centre staff can give you directions.
    • There's no public transport to Culloden Moor. Take a taxi if you don't have your own transport.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Culloden Moor
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit in Inverness 10/12/2018
    • The last proper Battle of Britain 03/12/2018
    • Culloden Battlefield
    Address:
    Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
    Culloden Moor IV2 5EU
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 796090
    Other:
  • Rosemarkie Beach
    Beaches
    Christian W Says:

    This pristine sand beach is a lovely place to wander whatever the weather. There are some rock pools to explore too and at low tide you can often see dolphins just off shore.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Facilities include a good playground and a cafeteria run by local volunteers. They serve good coffees and homemade soups, scones and cakes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Rosemarkie
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful sandy beach stretching round the bay 27/10/2018
    • Spotless! 26/10/2018
    • Rosemarkie Beach
    Address:
    Marine Terrace
    Rosemarkie IV10 8UL
    Scotland
  • Groam House Museum
    Speciality Museums
    Christian W Says:

    This is a great little museum devoted to the interesting 8th and 9th century Pictish carved stones found locally. One of the interesting exhibitions here concerns George Bain, the man who used mathematics to work out how the intricate carvings were created.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The gift shop is well-stocked with books on the Picts and replicas of their art.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 4 things to do in Rosemarkie
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing stones 26/10/2018
    • Excellent visit 22/10/2018
    • Groam House Museum
    Address:
    High Street
    Rosemarkie IV10 8UF
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1381 620961
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 - 16:30
    Sat - Sun
    14:00 - 16:30
    Other:
  • Chanonry Point
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Christian W Says:

    Chanonry Point, a spit of land below a lighthouse, is often an excellent spot to watch bottlenose dolphins close-up.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Arrive at or just after the tide changes for the best chance of seeing the dolphins.
    • Parking at Chanonry Point can be problematic, so arrive early or late in the day, or walk here from Rosemarkie or the Black Isle Leisure Centre.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Fortrose
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spotting dolphins 07/11/2018
    • Great spot 26/10/2018
    • Chanonry Point
    Address:
    Chanonry Ness
    Fortrose IV10 8SD
    Scotland
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