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Inverness

Known for Tour, Sightseeing and Castles

Inverness has all the attractions of a major city, including quality museums and heritage sites, as well as a perfect placement for Highland exploring.

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Lively urban life and stunning country landscapes come together in Inverness, a city that mixes modernity and tradition to create a unique Highland experience. Visit the town center’s galleries, museums and theaters and explore the historical city buildings. Experience Scotland’s famous wilderness in the surrounding mountains or discover the nature contained within the town itself.

Saints and Shakespearean kings have all reportedly lived here at the mouth of the River Ness, where a city has existed since the 12th century. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Inverness flourished as a port. Remnants of this period are still evident in places such as Church Street, where many buildings date back to this era. Step into Abertarff House, one of the city’s oldest buildings, for a glimpse of life during this time.

Follow the historic trail around the city, stopping at Inverness Castle, which today functions as the courthouse, and Victorian buildings such as the Town House and Public Library. Buy souvenirs in the Victorian Market, a traditional arcade containing shops.

Learn about the history of the old town in Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, which traces the story of the Highlands and displays art by local painters and sculptors. Eden Court Theatre and Cinema provides evening entertainment for the city's culture enthusiasts.

Disappear into the wooded riverside walks of Ness Islands, a swath of nature cutting through the middle of the city. Look for salmon jumping and otters gamboling in the water.

Find historical sights outside the city limits too. Climb the tower of stunning Urquhart Castle on the green banks of Loch Ness or reenact a battle at Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.

Inverness has a station served by regular trains from the rest of Scotland and an airport with connections to most of the U.K.'s major cities, including London and Belfast. Visit in winter for skiing in the nearby mountains or arrange your trip for summer to enjoy warm days and light evenings.

Activities in Inverness

A setting in one of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedies, this crenellated castle sits on a hill overlooking the River Ness.

Visit one of the most scenic heritage attractions in Scotland, a set of majestic ruins on the banks of the glittering waters of Loch Ness.

See a performance, watch a movie or take a creative class at this important cultural venue.

Discover the intriguing art and artifacts housed inside this controversial cathedral in the city center.

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Learn about the mysteries and myths of Loch Ness, visit Scottish estuaries, and gaze at some of the most breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Scotland is famed for its monstrous lake inhabitant and outstanding natural beauty; uncover both on this tour.

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On this day trip through the Highlands, take in the natural beauty of Loch Ness, try to spot the famed Nessie, and a get a snippet of Scotland's rich history at dramatic Glencoe. Admire several natural marvels such as the mighty Ben Nevis and the Great Glen before visiting Perthshire.

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Venture out to the Isle of Skye and drive through the natural beauty of Scotland on this day-long tour. Travel past sights like the Moray Firth before arriving in Skye, where your guide shows you breathtaking landscapes.

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Uncover the allure of the Scottish Highlands with a guided tour over land and water. Visit the Great Glen and Corrimony Cairns by bus, then stop by the Loch Ness Exhibition Center and the ruins of Urquhart Castle.

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Get a true taste of the Scottish Highlands on this day-long tour. Drive through the scenic Black Isle, explore the mysterious Loch Ness, and taste the wares of the Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery. On your way back, pass through charming Scottish villages to sightsee and learn about history.

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Get to know the secrets of Loch Ness with this adventure that puts you right on the surface of its famously murky waters. Your half-day tour takes you to the remains of the castle that stands on its shores and reveals the legends and fascinating history that surrounds the beautiful site.