When you visit Inverness and Loch Ness, perhaps shopping is not the first thing you plan to do, a boat trip out on to Loch Ness or visit to Castle Urquhart is probably more likely. But, when you have spent time exploring the area and are ready for a few relaxing hours, a day shopping in Invernesss could be very theraputic! You may be looking for a gift to take home to friends and family, or that outdoor gear that is hard to get back home. Inverness has plenty of shops from all the main high street stores in the Eastgate Centre to the more bespoke shops of the Victorian Market.
But the shopping is not just in Inverness. The village of Beauly, a short 20 minute drive from Inverness has a delightful selection of village food and gift shops as well as The Highland Tweed House, established by Campbell and Co. back in 1858 where Highland dress or a tailor made tweed suit can be purchased.
Bustling, busy Drumnadrochit close to the shores of Loch Ness has a number of small gift shops for the perfect ‘Nessie’ memento such as Loch Ness Gifts as well as The Whisky Shop at the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre.
At Fort Augustus at the south end of Loch Ness, the Caledonian Canal dominates the village but either side of the canal are a variety of small independent shops that offer gifts and more mementos of your visit to Loch Ness. And finally there is South Loch Ness, sparsely populated but dotted with a number of small independent craft and gift shops, artist studios as well as a Whisky distillery at Tomatin!