Have Fun Whatever the Weather

Indoor Activities for a Rainy Day in Inverness and Loch Ness

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

Historic Scottish castle surrounded by beautiful gardens

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

Exploring Loch Ness

Exterior shot of Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit

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!

Whisky Distilleries

Samples of whisky lined up on a bar for tasting

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.

Catch A Show

Arts venue in Inverness

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!)