pedestrian bridge over the River Ness

Top 10 things to do in Inverness

Suggestions for things to see and do

I have put together a few ideas for things to do in Inverness and there are actually fifteen items below - I couldn’t get it down to ten! Even so, I will have to write a part two as there are so many things I’ve missed out this time. Most of the things here don’t need a wallet, a car or any real planning, just a fair wind, fine weather and a bit of spare time, which hopefully most of you reading this will have.

1. Visit the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery and explore the art, heritage and history of the Highlands – entry is free! It is in the centre of Inverness, so access is easy.

2. Cross the River Ness on one of the bouncy suspension bridges - there are two near the city centre and a favourite place for getting a selfie! Walk in either direction from the river bank below the castle and you will come to a suspension bridge for pedestrians.

3. Take a walk around the Ness Islands in Inverness - it makes a lovely half day relaxing walk without need for hiking boots! See the Blog

4. Visit Culloden moor - site of the last battle to be fought in Britain. There’s an excellent visitor centre and interactive exhibition and there’s regular buses from the city centre. Perhaps go on to see the nearby Clave Cairns, a well preserved pre-historic site with stone circles and burial cairns.

5. Walk up to Craig Phadraig in Inverness and see the remains of a vitrified fort on top of the hill – you get some amazing views over the Beauly Firth, too!

6. Visit the beautiful Inverness Botanic Gardens – sit in the walled garden on a sunny day or warm up in the cactus house if it’s raining!

7. Walk up Tomnahurich Hill, the mysterious “Hill of the Yew Trees” in Inverness – now a modern cemetery. This hill is supposed to be “home of the fairies”.

8. Explore the hidden and unique Merkinch Nature Reserve in Inverness, the only local nature reserve in the Highlands and comes highly recommended!

9. Salmon and seal spotting on the river Ness. Take a picnic and have lunch on the riverbank in Inverness, relax, get mesmerized by the water and you just might be lucky.

10. Take an open-top bus tour around Inverness, the administrative, distribution and cultural centre of Northern Scotland. In December 2000 Inverness became Scotland’s newest city.

11. Explore the history of Inverness’s Old High Church – spot the marks left by bullets on the gravestones where Jacobites were executed after the battle of Culloden!

12. For a bit of culture, watch a play or enjoy a concert at Eden Court Theatre.

13. Find King Duncan’s headstone…at the back of Kingswell Filling Station!

14. Research your family history at the Highland Archive Centre. Trained and friendly staff are on hand to help and advise. See blog

15. Have a fun day out at Whin Park (sunny day option) or Inverness Leisure (rainy day option) with the kids.

Many of these ideas and more can be found on our Places of interest page

Gardens and bridges in Inverness