There’s no better start to the New Year than writing a bucket list of things to see and do. So, why not add a trip to Loch Ness and Inverness to your travel bucket list? Here we have fascinating attractions, fun activities and spectacular landscapes. So, here are our top five attractions in Loch Ness and Inverness to add to your list:
Famous for being the home of the legendary Loch Ness monster, this beautiful loch (lake) is one of the most popular Scotland tourist attractions. Stretching 23 miles long, the loch is 230 metres deep and is surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Great Glen. While its dramatic landscapes draw thousands of annual visitors, so does the mystery of the loch’s famous Nessie monster. With the first photograph of Nessie emerging in 1933, many have claimed to have seen this long green creature in the vast loch for centuries. You can take a boat trip and Nessie tour, or enjoy the stunning views with a picnic on the banks.
Sitting on the banks of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle is one of the most popular attractions in Inverness. Here, you can explore the historic ruins of a castle that has seen centuries of political, religious and regal activity. Perched on a peninsula, Urquhart Castle boasts panoramic views of the vast sparkling loch and lush rolling hills. Start at the visitor centre where you’ll learn about its turbulent history. Then, take a tour of the stony ruins that date back 1,000 years. Next, enjoy a tasty homemade treat and castle views in the café. Finish by heading to the gift shop to pick up a Scottish souvenir.
Falls of Foyers
These majestic waterfalls look like something out of a fairy-tale and are one of the region’s best places to visit. Here, the River Foyers drops 140 feet into a deep gorge which then runs into Loch Ness. Start in the car park at the top and follow the trail down to the cascading falls. Then, carry on the path, following it down to the Loch Ness shores and soak up sweeping lake views. After, take in the views while walking back to the café, and enjoy a warm drink or tasty treat. These falls are one of Scotland’s best natural attractions.
Great Glen Way
The Great Glen Way runs for 80 miles across the Scottish Highlands from coast to coast. One of the best things to do in Scotland is walking, and this trail promises outstanding natural rewards. Here, you can choose to walk any length along the path where Fort William is linked to Inverness. Along the way, you’ll see soaring mountains, four huge lochs, and dense forested slopes. You can enjoy activities like canoeing, cycling or walking, while absorbing the sounds and smells of Mother Nature’s finest.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
This fascinating museum is one to add to your bucket list trips in Inverness and Loch Ness. Here, you can learn about the Highland’s history, people, environment and local culture – all under one roof. This family-friendly attraction sits at the bottom of Castle Hill in Inverness. Here, you’ll see examples of Jacobite artefacts, ancient silverware, and Highland weapons, kilts and bagpipes. After exploring the exhibitions, art displays, talks and workshops, head to Cobbs Tea House for tea and home-baked cakes.
Travel Bucket List
With so much to see and do in Inverness and Scotland, you’ll want to add more places and activities to your travel bucket list. So, take a look at our attractions and natural sights and discover this beauty and historic culture of our Scottish Highlands.