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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 a performance of Highland Dancing at the Town House on Thursday evenings at 7pm and the Inverness Legion Pipe Band every Tuesday at 7pm in the city centre.
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.
Concerts and other spectacles take place at Eden Court Theatre (pictured here) near the cathedral on the river.
Live music sessions are held at the Scottish Ceilidh Bar called Hootenanny in Church Street (tel: 01463 233651). For other venues, see the notice board in the tourist information office.
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 Calendar for 2014 ('Year of Homecoming Scotland'):
- June - September: Inverness Summer Festival
- 2 - 7 September: Nairn Book & Arts Festival
- 3 - 6 September: World Sheep Dog Trials (Fearn Farm, by Tain)
- 4 - 6 September: Northern Meeting Piping Competition at Eden Court
- 5 - 7 September: Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George, just outside Inverness
- 5 - 13 September: Blas Traditional Music Festival (various venues around the Highlands)
- 6 - 7 September: Culloden Homecoming: A celebration of Highland culture at Culloden Battlefield
- 6 - 7 September: Doors Open Days in Inverness
- 7 September: Highland Poppy Run charity event at Fort George in aid of Poppy Scotland
- 11 - 14 September: Highland Homecoming 2014 including the Highland Clans gathering, Kirking Parade and the inaugural Inbhir Nis Homecoming Highland Games (featuring the 2014 Masters World Championships) plus the climax of the 2014 Blas Festival and Shinty's Camanachd Cup Final.
- 11 September: Masters World Championships Hall of Fame
- 11 September: Highland Homecoming Show – Eden Court Theatre
- 12 September: Masters World Championships Day 1
- 12 September: The Highland Meeting
- 12 September: Camanachd Hall of Fame Show
- 12 September: Parade of the Highland Clans
- 13 September: Masters World Championships Day 2
- 13 September: Camanachd Cup Final
- 14 September: Masters World Championships Day 3
- 14 September: Kirking of the Council - Town House & Old High church
- 20 - 21 September: Inverness Craft Festival
- 21 September: Highland Traditional Strength Festival
- 27 September - 12 October: Highland Archaeology Festival - events throughout the region. Conference at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.
- 27 September: Agricultural Working Vintage Rally & Display at Daviot Estate near Inverness
- 28 September: Loch Ness Marathon plus 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.
- 1 - 3 October: Tomatin 54 Hole Pro Am Golf
- 4 October: 21st World Porridge Making Championship at Carrbridge
- 10 - 18 October: Royal National Mod - Gaelic competitions
- 10 October: Parade of the Gaels
- 11 October: North of Scotland Highland Dancing Championships
- 11 October: Cùil Lodair Wargames Fair at Culloden Battlefield
- 16 - 18 October: Inverness Street Theatre Festival
- 18 October: End of Mod Massed Choirs
- 26 October: The Culloden Run
- 30-31 October: Halloween Show at Whin Park
- 31 October – 9 November: Inverness Curling Festival at Inverness Ice Centre
- November & December: Inverness Winter Festivals
- 5 November: Civic Bonfire and Fireworks in Bught Park
- 9 November: Remembrance Sunday
- 14 - 16 November: Exclusively Highlands Art & Craft fair at Eden Court
- 16 November: Christmas Lights Switch On
- 5 - 7 December: Exclusively Highlands Art & Craft fair at Eden Court
- 12-14 December: Winter Wonderland
- 13 December: The Scots Trad Music Awards at Inverness Leisure Centre
- 31 December: Red Hot Highland Fling - Hogmanay concert with Craig Hill, The Julie Fowlis Band, Manran, Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Gates open at 8pm and the show will start at 8.30pm. Admission is free.
Events for 2015 (dates to be confirmed):
- late January: Aviemore Sled dog rally organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain in Glenmore Forest Park
- late February: Snowman Rally
- late February: Inverness Fiddlers' Rally at Eden Court
- March: The Inverness Music Festival
- 8 March: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
- early April: Inverness Whisky Festival at Bogbain Farm
- April: BID Easter Treasure Hunt in Inverness City Centre
- early May Brew at the Bog (Bogbain Farm)
- early May: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
- early May: BID Classic Car Show in Inverness City Centre
- May: HappyNess - Inverness Comedy Festival
- June: Northern Roots Festival at Bogbain Farm
- June tbc: Rockness
- June: GONORTH Festival
- June: Inverness Monster Science & Technology Festival
- late June tbc: TruckNessie at Dores on the shores of Loch Ness. Proceeds to charity.
- late June: Armed Forces Day - Northern Meeting Park
- 18 July: Inverness Highland Games. Web site includes video and photos from previous Games.
- July tbc: Caledonian Ceilidh Trail at various venues in and around Inverness
- July tbc: Loch Ness Film Festival, various venues
- 2 - 8 August: Scottish 6 Days Orienteering with races in the Inverness area and Moray
- early August: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall (between Aviemore and Inverness). Tel: 01463 232618.
- 6 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.
- 6-8 August: Belladrum - Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, by Beauly. Family-orientated outdoor festival of rock, country, blues and world music.
- August tbc: Monster Swim
- August tbc: Inverness Book Festival at Eden Court Theatre
- late August - 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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