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Local Sightseeing & Events
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.
Around the corner is the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.
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, 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 in 2013:
- November & December: Inverness Winter Festivals
- 13 - 15 December: Winter Wonderland with Santa and his Reindeer in a beautifully illuminated Whin Park
- 31 December: Red Hot Highland Fling party for Hogmanay at 8.30pm with Craig Hill, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Dorec-a-belle and Skerryvore. Children's event in the afternoon.
2014 ('Year of Homecoming Scotland'):
- late January: Aviemore Sled dog rally organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain in Glenmore Forest Park
- 22 February: Snowman Rally
- late February: Inverness Fiddlers' Rally at Eden Court
- 1 - 14 March: The Inverness Music Festival
- 16 March: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
- 18-20 April: BID Easter Treasure Hunt in Inverness City Centre
- 4 April: Inverness Whisky Festival at Bogbain Farm
- 3 May: Brew at the Bog (Bogbain Farm)
- 4 May: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
- 10 May: BID Classic Car Show in Inverness City Centre
- June - September: Inverness Summer Festival
- 30 May - 1 June: Northern Roots Festival at Bogbain Farm
- 6 - 8 June: Rockness annual music festival at Dores (Loch Ness)
- 14 - 22 June: Inverness Monster Science & Technology Festival
- June: Marymas Fayre - Northern Meeting Park
- 28 June: Armed Forces Day - Northern Meeting Park
- 19 July: Inverness Highland Games. Web site includes video and photos from previous Games.
- 1 - 2 August: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall (between Aviemore and Inverness). Tel: 01463 232618.
- August tbc: Inverness Book Festival
- 6-8 August: Belladrum - Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, by Beauly. Family-orientated outdoor festival of rock, country, blues and world music.
- 7 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.
- 9-10 August: Celebration of the Centuries at Fort George
- August: Monster Swim in Loch Ness
- late August - Glenurquhart Highland Games at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
- late August: Inverness Flower Show at Inverness High School, Montague Row, Inverness
- September tbc: Nairn Book & Arts Festival
- September tbc: Loch Ness Film Festival, various venues
- 3 - 6 September: World Sheep Dog Trials (Fearn Farm, by Tain)
- 4 - 6 September: Northern Meeting Piping Competition at Eden Court
- 4 - 15 September: Blas Traditional Music Festival (various venues around the Highlands)
- 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.
- 14 September: Kirking of the Council - Town House & Old High church
- September: Inverness Raft and Duck Race. This popular event was first staged in Inverness in 1978 and has since become a firm favourite with both locals and visitors. Organised by CHILDREN 1ST - Tel: 01463 794477.
- 28 September: Loch Ness Marathon plus 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.
- October: Inverness Street Theatre Festival
- 10 - 18 October: Royal National Mod - Gaelic competitions
- October tbc: Highland Archaeology Festival - events throughout the region. Conference at Eden Court Theatre.
- 26 October: The Culloden Run
- 30-31 October: Halloween Show at Whin Park
- November & December: Inverness Winter Festivals
- 5 November: Civic Bonfire and Fireworks in Bught Park
- 9 November: Remembrance Sunday
- 16 November: Christmas Lights Switch On outside the Town House, followed by Carol Concert at 6.30pm
- 12-14 December: Winter Wonderland
- 31 December: Red Hot Highland Fling - Hogmanay concert
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
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