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The Tourist Information Office on Bridge Street is a useful starting point if you are visiting the area.
There are details of local events and tours, plus many free leaflets about nearby attractions. It also includes a bureau de change, Internet access and gift shop.
Why not take one of the guided walking tours to explore the historic city centre of Inverness? Check the boards outside the tourist office for times and prices. A ghost tour is also operated in the evenings.
Places to Visit in Inverness
Inverness Castle was built on the site of an earlier fortress in 1835 and sits on a low cliff overlooking the river. Today it houses the Sheriff's Court.
Saint Andrew's Cathedral sits on the riverside almost opposite the castle. It has no spires as the funds ran out before they could be completed. The font is a copy of Thorwalden's font in Copenhagen Cathedral. Look out for the Russian gold icons. The teashop in the old schoolhouse is open from Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm in the summer months.
|Walk along the river banks from the castle and you'll find the Ness Islands where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the shops. Cross the river on the little bridges and you can visit Bught Park. Close by between the ice rink and the sports centre is the Floral Hall - a sub-tropical horticultural extravaganza with small waterfall, fish and alsorts of plants/trees (open all year round). Continue into the children's play area, miniature train and boating lake in Whin Park. If you walk further you can go along the picturesque Caledonian Canal heading towards Loch Ness. This is the start of the walking trail called The Great Glen Way which goes all the way to Fort William on the west coast.|
Loch Ness is one of the most popular places to visit in this part of the Highlands. Take a guided coach tour, drive around the loch yourself or go on a boat trip from Inverness, Drumnadrochit or Fort Augustus.
The atmospheric ruins of Urquhart Castle are open to the public all year and there are several other local attractions including the visitors centres about Loch Ness and its famous monster.
For a scenic drive, don't forget the less-travelled southern shore of the loch or head west into the beautiful scenery of Glen Affric.
There's lots more to explore around Inverness including Culloden Battlefield (seen here on the left), the Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, Fort George, the Black Isle, Aviemore, the Cairngorm mountains and historic towns such as Nairn, Elgin, Beauly, Dingwall and Strathpeffer. Dolphin spotting boat trips are another popular excursion.
Inverness is an excellent base for touring if you wish to go further afield - Fort William, the Isle of Skye, Wester Ross and Orkney are all accessible on day trips. See our Transport & Travel Page for info on guided coach tours if you don't have a car.
Local Events in Inverness
In July and August, there are various events for tourists in Inverness city including performances of Highland Dancing and the Inverness Legion Pipe Band.
You are also likely to see a piper or two busking in the streets of Inverness and sometimes other musical entertainment around the Eastgate shopping centre.
Most nights there's traditional Scottish music at Hootananny in Church Street (tel: 01463 233651) and some of the other pubs in the city centre. For ceilidhs, try Hootananny on Saturday afternoons and The Phoenix Ale House on a Sunday afternoon. See the notice board in the tourist information office.
Concerts and other spectacles take place at Eden Court Theatre (pictured here) near the cathedral on the river.
A multi-screen cinema is situated just outside the city off the main road heading to Nairn & Aberdeen.
The Farmers' Market is usually held on the first Saturday of each month, with stalls of local produce (meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese, homebaking) in the Eastgate pedestrian area of Inverness city centre.
Events for 2015 - Year of Food & Drink (dates to be confirmed):
- June - September: Inverness Summer Festival
- 1 - 6 September: Nairn Book & Arts Festival
- 2 - 5 September: Scotland's Salmon Festival
- 3 - 5 September: Northern Meeting Piping Competition at Eden Court
- 4 - 12 September: Blas Traditional Music Festival (various venues around the Highlands)
- 5 September: The Prime Four Beast Race around Aldourie Castle Grounds, Loch Ness
- early September: Doors Open Days in Inverness
- 11-13 September: Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George
- 13 September: Kirking of the Council - Town House & Old High church
- late September tbc: Agricultural Working Vintage Rally & Display at Daviot Estate near Inverness
- 26 September: Loch Gu Loch Swim Run - 63.5 km of running and 8.5 km of swimming from Urquhart Castle to Fort Augustus (Loch Ness)
- 27 September: Loch Ness Marathon plus 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.
- 2 - 18 October: Highland Archaeology Festival - events throughout the region. Conference at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.
- 10 October: World Porridge Making Championship at Carrbridge
- mid October: Inverness Street Theatre Festival
- 30 - 31 October: Halloween show at the Ness Islands, Inverness
- 4 - 8 November: Inverness Film Festival
- 5 November: Civic Bonfire and Fireworks at Bught Park
- 11 November: Remembrance Day 11am Ceremony
- 15 - 17 November: christmas Craft and Food Fair with Exclusively Highlands at Eden Court Theatre. Free admission.
- 22 November: Christmas Lights Switch On
- 11 - 13 December: Winter Wonderland
- 31 December: Wee Hot Highland Fling & Red Hot Highland Fling
Events for 2016:
- January: Aviemore Sled dog rally organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain in Glenmore Forest Park
- February: Snowman Rally (Highland Car Club)
- February: Inverness Fiddlers' Rally at Eden Court
- 27 February - 11 March: The Inverness Music Festival
- 13 March: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
- April: BID Easter Treasure Hunt in Inverness City Centre
- April: The Nip – Whisky & Gin Festival
- April: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
- May Brew at the Bog (Bogbain Farm)
- May: BID Classic Car Show in Inverness City Centre
- May: Inverness Science Festival
- May: HappyNess - Inverness Comedy Festival
- June: XPO North Festival
- 11 June: Highlights concert by performers from The Inverness Music Festival
- June: TruckNessie at Dores on the shores of Loch Ness. Proceeds to charity.
- June: The Nairnshire Challenge is a 30-mile sponsored duathlon organised annually to raise money for charity
- July: Armed Forces Day - Northern Meeting Park
- 16 July 2016: Inverness Highland Games.
- July tbc: Caledonian Ceilidh Trail at various venues in and around Inverness
- July tbc: Loch Ness Film Festival, various venues
- 30 July 2016: Nairn Show with livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements is held at Kinnudie Farm, Auldearn.
- early August: Black Isle Show at Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord (tel: 01463 870870). This is the largest agricultural show in the North of Scotland. It attracts over 2,000 cattle, horse and sheep entries, more than 300 trade stands and over 25,000 visitors to the show each year. There is plenty to see and do, craft fair, food fair, 'On the Farm' exhibition for the kids, agricultural stands, vintage rally and sheep shearing.
- 5 - 6 August 2016: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall (between Aviemore and Inverness). Tel: 01463 232618.
- early August: Belladrum - Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, by Beauly. Family-orientated outdoor festival of rock, country, blues and world music.
- mid August: Nairn Highland Games
- August tbc: North Hop beer festival at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
- August tbc - Glenurquhart Highland Games at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
For additional events listings, see:
- The Inverness City Advertiser - detailed events listings covering music, nightclubs, cinema, theatre, sports, exhibitions, restaurants, etc.
- What's on list for Inverness
- Visit mi inverness for savings, discounts and deals on restaurants, retail outlets, visitor attractions and local events
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