Ten Great Indoor Activities Around Inverness and Loch Ness

While we know that one of the great appeals of our area is the great outdoors, it is also true that from time to time the Highland weather makes this harder to enjoy that it ought to be!

However, if you wake to a rainy day during your Loch Ness Holiday don’t despair, as there are a wide range of indoor attractions to enjoy across our area!

Fun Indoor Activities Near Loch Ness


1: Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm in the summer season, this FREE attraction is a great way to pass a day. The museum has a selection of area charting local history and culture, with interactive exhibits including a gaelic language wall, picture stone rubbing and Viking board games. As well as being home to a range of art works, the gallery plays host to a range of exciting shows throughout the year – check out their website for details of the latest offerings. There is a Cobbs cafe on site serving drinks, light meals and tasty treats.

2: Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

Seven theme areas chart five hundred million years of history, mystery and legend looking at the wider significance of the loch to the local area. The story of the Loch Ness Monster is explored in multimedia using lasers, project and special effects, while other exhibits explore other aspects of our areas appeal from the geology to local folklore. In the summer season hourly cruises on the loch in the centre’s Deepscan research vessel are available.

3: Inverness Leisure Swimming Pool and Leisure Waters

Families looking for a fun day indoors should look no further than Inverness Leisure’s swimming pool and leisure waters. Known locally as the Aquadome, the facility boasts and choice of flumes as well as a river with jets and geysers, a wave pool, and toodler pool (in better weather there is also a thistle shaped outdoor pool available) The site is also home to the largest indoor rock climbing facility in the Highlands.

4: Inverness Botanic Gardens

Formerly known as the Floral Hall, the highlight of this attraction has to be the Tropical House – the perfect place to warm up when the Highland weather is being less than hospitable! The Tropical House mimics the worlds warmer climes to showcase a range of flora from across the globe including rainforest plants, showy tender plants and orchids. There is an indoor pond filled with Koi Carp and an on site cafe offers treats to tempt all the family.

5: Nessieland

An entertaining look at our area’s most important legend – with Loch Ness Monster models, a Nessie cave and the exciting Nessieland adventure playground – always a hit with the younger visitor. Visitors are invited to imagine themselves beneath the waters of the loch as they explore to find out what might be lurking in the depths.

6: Inverness Ice Centre

Year round skating, with all equipment available for hire – skating sessions at allotted times so please check before travelling. Younger children will appreciated the penquin shaped skating aids that help them stay on their feet, while sporty groups may wish to try their hand at curling (not recommended for under 10s) with a bookable special trial package for groups of eight or more! An on site cafe serves drinks and snacks during most sessions.

7: The Clansman Centre

Open seven days a week 10am to 6pm from April to October the Clansman Centre is a housed in an old schoolhouse at Fort Augustus. Meet with a kilt-clad Clansman in this faithful recreation of the interior of a Highland Turf House and learn about life in the past here in the Highlands – from what they ate to how they lived and died – often at the hands of rival clans.

8: Caledonian Canal Visitors Centre

Open seven days a week from 10am – 5.30pm throughout the summer season (closed from 1.30pm to 2pm for lunch) this small centre with free admission offers an insight into the importance of the Caledonian Canal to the identity of our area. From the first ideas to Thomas Telfords amazing engineering, right through to the canals present day usage for business and leisure.

9: St Andrews Cathedral

If you find yourself looking for inside attractions in Inverness, St Andrews Cathedral on the banks of the River Ness is well worth a visit, with its inspiring architecture and stunning stained glass. Open to the public with free entry outwith service times, when all are welcome to attend.

10: Eden Court

This flagship arts centre sits on the banks of the River Ness, and can easily be combined with a visit to the nearby St Andrew’s Cathedral. Offering a selection of entertainments for all the family from film and theatre to exhibitions and events, all of which are listed in the What’s On pages of this website.

Free exhibitions are on offer in public spaces the centre also boasts a great restaurant and bar area, perfect for meals or coffees, cakes and chats in a pleasant modern setting.

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