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Destinations > UK > Scotland > Invernesse guide

Inverness itself lies at the top of the Great Glen Fault, which literally cuts this part of Scotland in half from Inverness to Fort William. The stunning landscape was created by the last ice age, which has created majestic glens and mountains. The town itself is nestled among some stunning scenery and a short journey by car will take you to some of the most stunning sites and views in Scotland. Inverness is a great central base to explore the whole area, from the shores of Loch Ness to the Maroy Firth to the majestic Glen Affric, plus many more amassing places to visit. You can explore the area by foot, cycling or by car to see some amazing countryside and wildlife, from dolphins, to seals and wild dear.
A short drive by car or a bus journey into the surrounding area can open up many amazing places to discover and things to explore. Culloden Battlefield is only a short drive from Inverness town center, the site of this famous battle can be explored in great detail. Why not take the Loch Ness Trail, which takes you around the shores of the great Loch, you might even see 'Nessie'. There are also many historical castles to discover were you can stand in the place of many famous and historical important people, from William Wallace to Mary Queen of Scots. To combine both Castle exploring and 'Nessie' watching, a visit to Urquhart Castle near Drumnadrochit is a must, the views across the Loch from the Castle shores are said to be the best for 'Nessie' watching. In Drumnadrochit you can also visit two Loch Ness exhibitions designed to explore the myth of 'Nessie'; one also includes original equipment used in some of the scientific searches.
Inverness is set in a land shaped by a colorful history and thriving culture that is reflected throughout the center and surrounding area. It is a great town, with plenty to entertain you what ever your interest or age. There is everything from historical castles and houses, great architecture, attractions to boating on the Loch Ness. Inverness is the capital of the highlands and has everything you would expect in facilities, fine restaurants ranging from traditional Scottish cuisine to world cuisine's. There are also many excellent pubs and bars were you are sure to enjoy a friendly greeting.

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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Location: Castle Wynd, Inverness
Telephone: 01463 237 114

Eden Court Theatre
Location: Bishops Road, Inverness
Telephone: 01463 234 234

Scottish Showtime
Location: Swordale, Evanton, Dingwall
Telephone; 01349 830 930

La Scala Cinema
Location: Strothers Lane, Inverness
Telephone: 01463 233 302

Warner Village Cinema
Location: Inverness Retail *amp; Business Park
Telephone: 01463 711 208

The Art Gallery
The Green, Drumnadrochit
Telephone: 01456 450 695



Loch Ness Exhibition
A 500 million year old story told using 21st century technology, including lasers, special effects, and original expedition equipment, plus much more.
Location: Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire
Telephone: 01456 450 573

Moray Firth Dolphin Cruises
The MV 'Miss Serenity' is 51 feet in length and will carry 90 passengers in to the Bay of Moray Firth in a memorable cruise to watch the Moray Firth dolphins. Its crew is experienced and friendly and is the only Inverness based cruise operator recognized by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.
Location: Shore St, Quay, Inverness
Telephone: 01463 71 79 00

Culloden Battle Fields
An amassing and emotional battlefield were so many lost their life. Here you will see the site of the 1746 defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie. A clear picture is given of the various positions of the sides in battle, with markings and descriptions as you wonder through this reconstructed site.
Location: 6 miles to the east of Inverness on the B9006

Brodie Castle
Explore this amazing 16th century castle, which contains fine collections of furniture, porcelain and art.
Location: 24 miles to the east of Inverness off the A96

Glen Affric
A Truly amazing beauty spot. This popular glen is well known for its Scots pine forest and mountain scenery. Watch out for the dears and other spectacular wildlife.

Urquart Castle
Explore the remains of one of the largest castles in Scotland. It dominates a rocky outcrop on Loch Ness and is a famous 'Nessy' spotting site.
Location: Near Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire
Telephone: 01456 450 551

Carriemony Cairn
This burial cairn is enclosed by 11 standing stones.
Location: Off the A831, near Buntait

The Clansman Center
Discover how Highlanders lived in the past.
Location: Canalside, Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire
Telephone: 01320 366 444

Castel Garrison Encounter
Explore the last Jacobite uprising.
Telephone: 01463 243 363

Highland Wildlife Park
For over 200 years wolfs have been extinct in Scotland now their back in the Highland Wildlife Park. This attraction is set in acres of parkland were you will not only meet wolfs but other animals that have been extinct in Scotland for many years.
Location: Kincraig, Kingussie, Inverness-shire
Telephone: 01540 651 270



Scotland is renowned for its Whiskey, and the pubs and Inverness will not disappoint, with many of the pubs and bars having great 'top shelves'. If whiskey is not your thing then there is plenty of real ale pubs and trendy lively bars to choice from in the center of the town. There are also many village pubs too choice from outside Inverness, a lot of which serve good food in a friendly atmosphere, you may even here talk of the 'wee beasty of Loch Ness.




There are many sporting activities to enjoy in Inverness from ice skating to sailing. There are golf courses and places were bikes are available for hire. There are plenty of cycling routes to enjoy which take you through some amazing scenery and wildlife. Due to the wide variety of terrain the area offers a range of walks from high mountain traverses to leisurely woodland, riverside, loch side and seaside strolls.Barneys Bicycle Hire shop
Location: 35 Castle Street, Inverness
Telephone: 01463 23 22 49Aquadome
Flumes, wave pool, lazy river, health suit, outdoor pool, children's pool, hydrotherapy beds and a 25 meter competition pool.
Location: Bught park, Inverness
Telephone: 01463 66 75 00Torvean Golf Course
18 hole municipal course situated on the A82 Inverness - Fort William Road.
Location: Glenurqhart Road, Inverness
Telephone: 01463 71 14 34



Inverness is a great shopping area with part of it pedestrianised for extra safety and enjoyment in a car free area. Plus there is an indoor shopping center offering great household names and designer shops. There is everything from high street names to unique boutiques, with plenty of shops selling arts crafts and unusual gifts and souvenirs. There is everything on offer in the capital of the Highlands.
The whole area has a wide variety of local arts and crafts worth visiting. You can watch the experts work, in fact you will be welcome to drop in to studios and workshops and watch the crafts people at work. Many other of the shops bring together a wide range of highland and Scottish crafts, great to browse through and always a colorful collection of high quality gifts. In Drumnadrochit village there is an excellent small studio and shop, with beautiful and unique glass works, were you can watch the skilled craftsmen work.
There are also plenty of places to buy a traditional Scottish kilt in a variety of clansmen Tartan's. Plus quality tartan rug to keep you extra warm in the winter nights, or to picnic in a park on in the lovely summer days.




Just outside Inverness on the A96 is Inverness airport, here you can get most connections to the rest of the U.K. The nearest largest airport is Aberdeen.
Once in the city center the public transport runs at regular intervals, and provides a good service.


Inverness is easily accessed by car from the A9, A82 and A96. Ones in the center there are a number of car parks to choice from in different part of the city, all of which are sign posted and pay and display.


Inverness bus station in near the center of the town. National Express Coach services run all over the U.K. offering a good service from a wide range of pick up points and destinations. The Local bus service that serves the town itself and the surrounding area is good and goes to most destinations.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


Inverness Train Station is situated in the center of the town, and there are services to Inverness from all over the U.K., if not a direct line service then with good connections.
Telephone: 0345 48 49 50


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