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River Ness, Inverness, Scotland

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Local Sightseeing & Events

The Tourist Information Office in High 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. Why not take one of the guided walking tours to explore the historic city centre of Inverness? Check the sign for tour times by the church steeple on the corner of Church Street and High Street.

WiFi is available in many places around the city centre (hotels, pubs, etc). Ness WiFi is a council scheme offering free WiFi around the Victorian Market Place, Eastgate shopping centre, railway station and bus station, Spectrum Centre, Inverness Castle, Museum and Eden Court.

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery is free to visit and has lots of local artefacts and information, as well as touring exhibitions, plus a small cafe area and gift shop.

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
Inverness Cathedral Cathedral on the River Ness

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, but you can visit the viewpoint at the top of the castle tower (95 steps) for magnificent views over the city (open from April to October daily 11am to 6pm, extended to 10am to 7pm in June, July and August).

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/swimming pool is the Botanic Gardens - a sub-tropical horticultural extravaganza with small waterfall, fish and alsorts of plants/trees (open all year round, free admission). Continue into the children's play area, crazy golf, 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.

You can read more about walks in Inverness and sightseeing on our other web site: www.visit-inverness.com

River Ness, Inverness River Ness

Inverness Area & Loch Ness

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.

Castles & Historic Sites

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.

Brodie Castle, Scottish Highlands Brodie Castle

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 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 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.

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Eden Court Theatre

Events for 2017:

  • 28 - 29 January: Aviemore Sled dog rally organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain in Glenmore Forest Park
  • 21 - 22 January: The Strathpuffer - 24-hour endurance mountain bike event at Strathpeffer
  • 18 February: Snowman Rally (Highland Car Club)
  • February: Inverness Fiddlers' Rally at Eden Court
  • 25 February: North Hop Aviemore - beers, ciders, gin, craft spirits, whisky, cocktails, street food, sweet treats, live music and much more!. Venue Macdonald Aviemore Resort.
  • 25 February - 8 March: The Inverness Music Festival
  • 12 March: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
  • 1 April: OutDores - The Loch Ness Garden Party Inverness - music gigs at Dores Inn/beach
  • 14 - 15 April: The Great Easter Egg Hunt in Inverness City Centre
  • 18 - 22 April: Whisky & Gin Festival, Bogbain Farm, Inverness - food, music and drink!
  • 23 April: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
  • 28 April - 12 May: Inverness Science Festival
  • 5 - 7 May: Cromarty Crime & Thriller Festival
  • 13 May: Inverness Classic Vehicle Show
  • 19 May: UB40 in concert at the Northern Meeting Park
  • 21 May: annual Race For Life
  • 27 May: The Beach Boys in concert at Inverness Leisure Centre
  • 28 May: The Nairnshire Challenge is a 30-mile sponsored duathlon organised annually to raise money for charity
  • 3 June: Truckness at Bogbain Farm
  • 7 - 8 June: XPO North Festival
  • 10 June: Quest Adventure Series - Loch Ness: running, cycling and kayaking
  • 20 June: Armed Forces Day Flag Raising
  • 20 June: Status Quo in concert at Inverness Leisure
  • 23 - 24 June: Northern Roots Festival - music festival by Bruce MacGregor at Bogbain Farm
  • 24 June: European Pipe Band Championships in Forres - the biggest piping event in the Highlands!
  • 8 - 9 July: NessCon at Eden Court. This brand new comic convention for Scotland will include movies, gaming, comics, anime, TV, gadgets, etc.
  • July - August: Caledonian Ceilidh Trail at various venues in the Highlands
  • 14 July: Inverness City Centre eve of Games entertainment
  • 15 July: Inverness Highland Games at Bught Park
  • 16 July: Bryan Adams concert at Bught Park, Inverness
  • Sunday 16 July: Inverness Gala featuring the Highlands Strongest Man and Strongest Women's competition at Northern Meeting Park
  • Sunday 16 July: Inverness Shinty Sixes at Bught Park
  • 28 - 29 July: Loch Ness Film Festival
  • 29 July: Nairn Show with livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements is held at Kinnudie Farm, Auldearn.
  • 3 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.
  • 3 - 5 August: Belladrum - Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, by Beauly. Family-orientated outdoor festival of rock, country, blues and world music.
  • 4 - 5 August: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall (between Aviemore and Inverness). Tel: 01463 232618.
  • 13 August: Strathpeffer Highland Gathering
  • 19 August: Groove Loch Ness
  • 19 August: Nairn Highland Games
  • 19 August: Nairn Half Marathon
  • 25 August: Viking Festival
  • 26 August: Viking Festival and Parade, Inverness
  • 26 August: Glenurquhart Highland Games at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
  • 29 August - 2 September: The Scottish Salmon Festival
  • 31 August - 1 September: Northern Meeting Piping Competition at Eden Court
  • 1 - 9 September: Blas Traditional Music Festival (various venues around the Highlands)
  • early September: Doors Open Days in Inverness
  • 8 - 10 September: Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George
    This is a spectacular Scottish show which runs for approx 100 minutes. This year will celebrate the 75th birthday of the RAF Regiment, as well as Scotlandís Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The programme will include an aerial display from an SE5A World War 1 biplane, a flypast of Typhoon jets, marching and drill display by The Queenís Colour Squadron of the RAF Regiment, Armed Forcesí Competitions, the Massed Pipes and Drums, plus historical vignettes, Highland Dancing, Gaelic singing, clarsach and fiddle music, all rounded off by a spectacular fireworks display and the Lone Piper. Click here for full programme. There are also local craft and food stalls. Tickets are available for 4 shows (evening performances on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, plus a matinee on Saturday). Tickets can be bought online from Ticketline.co.uk, at the Fort George Highlander's Museum shop, from local tourist information centres and from Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.
  • 10 September: Kirking of the Council - Town House & Old High church
  • 12 - 17 September: Nairn Book & Arts Festival
  • 13 - 14 September: Vintage Car Event
  • 16 September: Camanachd Cup Final (Shinty)
  • 24 September: Loch Ness Marathon plus 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.
  • 30 September: Agricultural Working Vintage Rally & Display at Daviot Estate near Inverness
  • 30 September - 15 October: Highland Archaeology Festival - events throughout the region.
  • 5 - 8 October: NessBookFest - Inverness book festival
  • 7 October: World Porridge Making Championship at Carrbridge
  • 12 - 14 October: Inverness Street Festival
  • 13 - 15 October: Loch Ness Knit Fest
  • 21 October: Marine Harvest Shinty/Hurling International - Scotlandís top shinty players versus their Irish hurling counterparts in a unique international match at Bught Park in Inverness.
  • 28 - 29 October: Halloween at Ness Islands
  • 4 November: Fireworks Display and Bonfire at Bught Park
  • 8 - 12 November: Inverness Film Festival
  • 12 November: Remembrance Sunday
  • 19 November: Inverness Christmas Lights switch on, and carol service
  • 1 - 2 December: Elf on the Shelf 2017 at the Victorian Market (children's festive event)
  • early December: Cromarty Film Festival
  • 15 - 17 December: Winter Wonderland at Whin Park
  • 31 December: free Hogmanay concert - Red Hot Highland Fling

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