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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

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.

Inverness Cathedral by the River Ness
River Ness 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.
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.

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness
Culloden Battlefield
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.

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.

Eden Court Theatre

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.

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