Have Fun Whatever the Weather

As summer turns to autumn here in Inverness and Loch Ness, we’re seeing a few more rainy days. But that isn’t stopping us from having fun! Our region offers a huge choice of indoor attractions and activities you can enjoy in all weathers!

Castles and Museums

The first indoor activity that comes to mind for a rainy day is visiting a castle or museum.

They have the added bonus of usually offering a coffee shop where you can enjoy a hot chocolate to warm up! A good start is a visit to beautiful Cawdor Castle, east of Inverness, and the famous Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness. Even though Urquhart Castle is a ruin and has no roof, there is a fascinating visitor centre where you can stay dry and find out all about the castle’s history. If history is your thing, head out to Ardersier to explore Fort George and the Highlanders Museum.

If the holiday budget is already a bit stretched, try Inverness Museum and Art Gallery in the city centre. Entry is free and you can spend time exploring the history of the Highlands.

Inverness Castle and Museum

Exploring Loch Ness

A wet day should not put you off one of the main attractions of the area – Loch Ness! You can sit in the heated saloon of one of the cruise boats on the Loch, enjoy a coffee and look out for Nessie without getting your waterproofs out.

While you’re in the area, take some time to visit Drumnadrochit and its Visitor Centre to find out more about the Nessie legend – needless to say there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a coffee or a wee dram of whisky in the village to keep the chill out!

Head over to our Things To Do page to find out where you can catch a Loch Ness cruise and find out more about Nessie!

Cruise Loch Ness

Whisky Distilleries

Speaking of a dram of whisky, another fantastic way to spend a rainy day is to visit one of the area’s whisky distilleries and find out how the famous drink is made. After all, without rain there would be no water to make whisky!

Tomatin Distillery, south of Inverness and Glen Ord Distillery, near Beauly, offer informative guided tours and whisky tastings.

Glen Ord Distillery

Catch A Show

And finally, why not see a show or movie at Eden Court? This is the main theatre and entertainment venue in the Highlands of Scotland. Set on the riverside in Inverness, Eden Court has two theatres and two cinemas. Plus a cafe-bar and restaurant. Check out what’s on at Eden Court.

Inverness and Loch Ness Indoor Activities

So, you can still have fun on a rainy day in Inverness and Loch Ness, with these great indoor activities. You can also wrap up warm and enjoy the outdoors too! (Remember the old saying that there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing!)