Five Great Ways to Explore Inverness

The Highland Capital is an exciting and vibrant city with a rich history and vibrant personality – well worth taking the time to explore during a visit to the North of Scotland.

Discover Inverness in Your Own Style


The city of Inverness is relatively compact, making a walking tour of the city a great idea for those who like to discover new places under their own steam. Walking in Inverness offers access to a range of attractions with something on offer from everyone. Pick and mix from the following walking highlights to really make the most of your Inverness experience:

  • City Centre and Inverness Castle – from the shopping opportunities available around Falcon Square and the High Street, to the amazing views up the Great Glen and out to Ben Wyvis from Castle Brae, to the churches that sit alongside the river, the city centre offers a diverse walking experience for visitors.
  • Ness Islands – sitting in the middle of the River Ness and connected by bridges, these islands are a magical place to explore and offer a haven away from the bustle of city life, just a short walk from the heart of the old town.
  • Craig Phadraig – towering over the city, this ancient Pictish Fort is a great walking destination and offers great vistas over the city and surrounds
  • Merkinch Local Nature Reserve – a hidden gem just outside the city centre, with amazing flora and fauna.
  • Calendonian Canal – Thomas Telford’s famed construction gives character to part of our city and offers some great walking routes for all abilities – the perfect place to explore on foot.

Open Top Bus Tour

If you prefer to sit back and relax while seeing the sight of Inverness, then an open top bus tour is a great way to discover the city. Operating from outside the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street, with stops at points of interest throughout the city this tour is a great way to familiarise yourself with the city and all that it has to offer.

The hop on, hop off tickets are valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase, allowing you to discover the city’s attractions at your leisure before travelling in style to see the next sight. Highlights of the tour include:

  • St Andrews Cathedral
  • Inverness Leisure (Leisure Waters and Inverness Botanic Gardens)
  • Dochgarroch (Loch Ness by Jacobite Cruise Departure Point)
  • Torvean Golf Course
  • Muirtown Locks (Caledonian Canal)
  • Ness Bank (River Ness)
  • Inverness War Memorial


Cycling is a popular way of getting about in our area, with the local planners committed to creating a city that is bike-friendly and easy for cyclists to explore. Bring your own bike and check out our guide to cycling Inverness Loch Ness or simply hire bikes in Inverness so you can explore under pedal power once you arrive.

By Night

If Inverness is amazing by day, it is equally as inspiring by night! In the summer the long days mean light evenings, perfect for a stroll by the river before you head for one of the city’s excellent eateries. When the plates are cleared, there is a wonderful choice of venues to while away the evening with many local bars offering live entertainments, as well as scheduled entertainments at venues including the Highlands flagship arts centre Eden Court.

When the sun does set enjoy the changing face of the city after dark as lighting brings to life local landmarks such as Inverness Castle and St Andrews Cathedral, and the Ness Bridge


Want to discover Inverness but can’t get here quite yet? You can start your explorations now online! Browse this website to plan the attractions your will visit, events you might attend and decide where you would like to eat and stay! Got questions? Our team are on hand ready to answer, simply drop us a line using this contact form.

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