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Visit Inverness, Loch Ness and the Highlands of Scotland

To do

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.


To see and visit

Simply forget the perception that Inverness is remote. Indeed it is a remarkably accessible destination at all times of the year, not to mention the wonderful journeys through beautiful Scottish scenery that can be enjoyed whether by car, train or coach, in getting here. And at journey's end, a very special Highland hotel.

Its location in the centre of the city, guarding the railway station, makes it almost unmissable. 

Inverness is the largest town in the Highlands of Scotland, its capital,  and the busy and prosperous hub of the region. All main routes through the Highlands pass through here at some point, so it's a hard place to avoid! The town's position at the head of the Great Glen and on the shores of the Moray Firth have made it a firm favourite with tourists, who flock here in their legions during the summer months to look for the evasive Loch Ness Monster. Though Inverness has little in the way of major sights, it's a pleasant place to base yourself as you explore the other, more visible attractions on offer in the surrounding area, including the resident population of dolphins in the Moray Firth. The town, though, is not without its own appeal, particularly the leafy banks of the River Ness, which runs through its heart, linking Loch Ness with the Moray Firth. 

Discover the very best Scotland has to offer - Highland scenery, a beautiful coastline and attractive towns and villages. Visit the eight distilleries and cooperage on the Malt Whisky Trail, the Cashmere Visitor Centre, craft centres, castles & gardens and Baxters of Speyside. Play on championship golf courses, fish, sail, go dolphin watching or follow the Speyside Way footpath from the coast to the shadow of the Grampian Highlands.

Welcome to Inverness – the capital city of the highlands where you’ll always find the warmest of welcomes – whether you choose to visit, explore, shop, relax – or really ‘live’ Inverness.

Inverness is an exceptional place – the real ‘in’ place to be – a busy, modern, vibrant city with a real buzz. Looking for the perfect destination for short breaks and holidays in the highlands? – look no further.

Discover Culloden, Loch Ness and the monster Nessie, fantastic scenery and Highland glens, lochs and mountains. Enjoy Loch Ness cruises and tours, dolphin spotting trips, visitor attractions, restaurants and shops. Visit the beautiful west coast, the Cairngorm National Park, the Isle of Skye, Orkney and Royal Deeside. Explore castles, Stone Age ruins, Pictish and Whisky trails, standing stones and circles, distilleries, wild life, gardens, forests and quiet beaches.

And we'll help you arrange it all.

  • Event diary

    Event diary
    What's on, when, in vibrant Inverness

    Everything from art, music, dance and culture – to theatre, cinema, sport and highland games

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  • Loch Ness Tours

    Loch Ness Tours
    Real Nessie watching cruise tours!

    Experts point out that Loch Ness is 23 miles long and 750ft deep – plenty of room for him to hide

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  • Distillery Tours

    Distillery Tours
    Explore the 'water of life'

    We’re surrounded by distilleries, the question is how many can you do (and sample) in a day

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  • Guides and itineraries

    Guides and itineraries
    You're in great hands with great guides

    Even Inverness taxis go through Welcome Host courses, such is the focus on local tourism excellence

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