Destination: Inverness


Home to an enjoyable city and the loch ness monster


Inverness Tours with Great British Trips

Introducing Inverness

Inverness, the attractive capital of the Highlands and Scotland's millennium city, makes an ideal base for exploring the area. The city is thought to date back to the 6th century as the Pictish capital and a trading centre for fish, wool and furs. Today it is dominated by the pink sandstone castle which has been built and restored over the centuries due to various battles over the years which left the castle in need of repair. The city is largely modern looking with plenty of shops, places to eat and drink, and plenty of peaceful areas close to the centre for relaxing. Inverness also hosts the largest Highland Games. Surrounding the city is some awesome countryside with hillsides and lochs in plentiful supply and dolphins cruises available in the nearby Moray Firth. Just south of Inverness is the world famous Loch Ness and of course the Loch Ness monster lurking somewhere within!


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Region: Scotland

Time to spend here: 1/2 day

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What's nearby? Scottish Highlands, Fort William

What transport do you recommend? Inverness town centre can be navigated on foot but the local area requires a vehicle to explore properly.

Did you know? The Proclaimers were discovered in Inverness, in the upstairs of the Market Bar, one of the city's best (and smallest) live music venues.

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What can I see in and around Inverness?

Inverness Castle

Right in the heart of the city centre and dominating the River Ness, Inverness Castle was built in 1847 to replace the previous medieval castle blown up in 1746 by the Jacobites. Today it is the Court house and is not open to the public.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Inverness Cathedral

Built in 1866, Inverness Cathedral can be found on the riverside.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery give you the opportunity to explore the heritage of the Scottish Highlands, including contemporary arts and crafts.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Culloden Battlefield

At Culloden Battlefield (5 miles east of Inverness) you can explore the moorland battlefield where the last battle on mainland British soil took place between Bonnie Prince Charlie and his supporters and the government troops and supporters in 1746.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Clava Cairns

Clava Cairns is the site of some well-preserved prehistoric burial cairns from about 4,000 years ago.
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Loch Ness Cruise

You can take a cruise on Loch Ness and go in search of the Loch Ness Monster. You can also include a visit to the Urquhart Castle, the ruins of which are situated on a rocky peninsula on the banks of the Loch. Once one of Scotland's largest castles, the remains include a tower house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen. The visitor centre has a number of fascinating artefacts discovered during excavations on the site.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Glen Affric

Glen Affric (20 miles west of Loch Ness) is a very special place and has been described as 'the most beautiful glen in Scotland'. It contains one of the largest ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland as well as lochs, moorland and mountains. It is also a haven for wildlife including many rare birds.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Cawdor Castle

The fairytale Castle of Cawdor dates from the 1300s and includes some interesting artefacts and outstanding tapestries. As well as three gardens and a big wood, there is a 9-hole golf course and there's also the chance to do some salmon fishing on the river Findhorn amidst some stunning highland scenery.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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