Our Top Recommened Things To Do In and Around Inverness
An area of such outstanding natural beauty is the perfect backdrop for the outdoor activity extravaganza which beckons here. Whether on horseback, on wheels, on foot or on water it's not just about fantastic choice it's about quality. World class wintersports. Some of the world's top 100 golf courses. Some superb and lesser known. We particularly recommend Strathpeffer, Brora, Boat of Garten and Muir of Ord, plus the renowned Royal Dornoch links course. Sensational walking and trekking with the famous Lairig Ghru in the Cairngorms acting almost as a magnet - an unrivalled trek through a stunning mountain cleft. And The Great Glen Way which runs 73 miles from Fort William to Inverness.
Rothiemurchus Estate at Aviemore and its incredible range of safe and quality controlled outdoor activities from fly fishing tuition to safaris and great 4 x 4 driving. Even mini-highland games. Exhilarating adventure opportunities.
Great watersports at nearby Loch Morlich and Loch Insh. Wonderful horseback trails, kayaking treks down the River Spey with a picnic on the way. Rock-climbing, ice-climbing, mountain-biking, ranger-led trail hiking. Climb over 60 neighbouring Munros including The Cairngroms, the Fannichs, Ben Wyvis, Ben Dearg group and An Teallach. The mountains of Torridon and Glen Affric are also within easy reach.
Salmon and sea trout fishing on the Spey or in stocked lochs on the nearby estates. Husky dog-sledding with or without snow. Clay-pigeon shooting, gliding. Local swimming and go-karting. Family fun and so much more. No better enjoyed too than in the neighbouring Cairngorms National Park region, well worth a visit.
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The undoubted excellence of the highland golf product was truly epitomised and well recognised by the selection of Castle Stuart as the venue for the Scottish Open. Just one of a number of world class Scottish golf courses around Inverness. Royal Dornoch always has, and still is, rated by the Americans in particular as one of the best courses in the world. Its neighours, Brora, Golspie and Tain are all sensational 18 hole links golf experiences. Fortrose in Cromarty is a 'must play', as are the many great courses east and south, including Nairn, and te outstanding parkland course at Boat of Garten.
Walking and cycling
Are you a keen walker or do you prefer a stroll? There are plenty of different walks available all around us, from leisure paced walks to more adventurous terrain walks in the Scottish Highlands.
There is a plethora of cycle rides around Inverness. And The 80 mile Great Glen Cycle Route runs from Fort William to Inverness. The whole surrounding area is world class big country touring, especially ideal for motor bike and cycle clubs visiting and touring Scotland from both the UK and overseas, notably from Western Europe and the Netherlands.
Excellent fishing opportunities exist in The Great Glen, running from Inverness to Fort William (linked by the Caledonian Canal) and encompasses the River Ness and Loch Ness and a number of smaller tributaries. The nearby river Spey is immortal, and there are fabulous loch and river fishing opportunities in Caithness and Sutherland - Sutherland's lochs are diverse, ranging from high acidic tarns to vast lochs over a sandstone base - and most have a good head of trout ranging from 1/2lb to some exceptionally large trout with ferox characteristics
And Inverness-shire, the heart of the highlands offers the visitor a wonderful variety of shooting and stalking experiences, from Red, Sika & Roe deer stalking, to superb mixed and rough shooting on local estates
Nature and wildlife
Inverness provides an excellent centre to explore a range of both highland and lowland habitats and wildlife.
Right on the doorstep is the Moray Firth, stars of which are the bottle-nosed dolphins, one of only two resident populations in Britain. Chanonry Point by the village of Fortrose on the Black Isle is an excellent viewing spot in the summer months, or there are various boat trips available. If you are crossing the Cromarty Bridge on the A9, watch out for seals basking at low tide.
Enjoy some of the most exciting adventure activities in Scotland on land, in the water and in the air. With a beautiful landscape filled with mountains, hills, lochs and rivers, Inverness and the surrounding areas are the perfect destination for a range of activities. From white water rafting to kayaking, archery to 4x4 driving, climbing to canyoning, clays to quads, there are a range of activities to suit everyone, whatever your skill or taste. Follow the link below to get our best recommefnations for safe, accredited adventure sports companies, many suitable for family adventure and fun too.
Thanks to our proximity to Cairngorms National Park, we are close to the epicentre of the some of the finest mountain climbing, ice climbing, skiing and snowsports in the UK. A magnificent playground for the winter or summer mountaineer, Especially in winter you can enjoy serious mountaineering routes and climbs of an Alpine nature. Early starts, efficient climbing, fitness and careful navigation are the order of the day. In any season, you must take these mountains seriously as they are very unforgiving of mistakes. For skiing, The Cairngorms offer some of the best skiing in Scotland, with a great record for good snow-conditions running late into the season. The modern facilities at this well-designed ski area offer outstanding opportunities for a wide range of abilities and a great deal of fun in the snow to be had by all!
A wonderful mixture of new attractions and traditional events ensures that the City of Inverness Highland Games is always one of the highlights of any summer in the Highlands. And amongst the gfreat gardnes of Scotlsnd around inverness are Abriacahn Nurseries and Garden, with great views of the legendry Loch Ness and 3 acres of highland gardens to explore make this a real breath of fresh air. You’ll find a huge variety of unusual and beautiful plants here – many of which are for sale. The perfect place to keep horticulturalists happy! The thress great gardens of Cawdor Castle are also well worth a visit.