Inverness, Loch Ness Essential Travel Tips

Your decision to visit our beautiful destination may depend on a few different factors and we are sure it will include whether you want to visit when it is less busy or if you want to visit when everything is open to making the most of your trip. With some useful industry research, we have been able to gather the following information for you to help you with that decision! Here are our Inverness Loch Ness Essential travel tips to pick the best time to visit.

Lets start with how busy it will be….

Seasonal Visitor Numbers

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Visitors30%43%43%54%76%73%83%83%77%56%42%35%

The same with probably most destinations around the world, generally we see the highest visitor figures during the summer months of July and August. The shoulder months of Aril, May, June, September and October can still be a busier time depending on events and good weather. The off-peak months of January, February, March, November and December are the quieter times but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad time to visit! There are many benefits to visiting when it is a little more peaceful, you will experience fewer crowds at the visitor attractions meaning a more personal experience, the Autumn and Winter seasons give you some of the most spectacular scenery with the changing of the colours in Autumn to the arrival of the snow on the hilltops.

Scottish Canals 2012..The locks at Fort Augustus

Inverness & Loch Ness Visitor Attractions

Month JanFebMarAprMayJunJulyAugSeptOctNovDec
Attractions70%75%90%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%75%75%

The above chart gives you an idea of the percentage opening times of our top local attractions. Between April and October, all of our top attractions and activities are open with some, but not many, closing during the winter months. That said this depends on what you are visiting our area to do as the miles of stunning scenery, landscape and wildlife are available all year round! So if you are coming to escape, switch off and recharge your wellbeing in the fresh air on walks, cycles or just pure relaxation then, of course, you can come anytime, plus there is always somewhere open for a cup of something warm, delicious home baking or a dram on a really cold day!

Visit Britain Couple Hiking Loch Ness 360 Trail

Inverness and Loch Ness Weather

If you are basing your travel decision on the weather then for Scotland you must get to know this famous saying.

“There is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing”

Scotland is renown for having four seasons in one day weather conditions and locals will say if you don’t like the weather right now, just wait ten minutes and it will change. This can be very true. Take a look at our weather blog for more detailed weather information but our biggest advice is pack layers of clothing and something waterproof and you will always be prepared.

The Best Scottish Holidays

Inverness and the surrounding areas including the iconic Loch Ness really are special to visit at any time of the year. The vibrant Highland city of Inverness has many cafes, restaurants and pubs open all year round, so after a day exploring you can soak up the culture with some tasty food and great live traditional Scottish music.

The majority of the top attractions and activities are available whatever the month or whatever the weather, so if you need to keep yourself or your family active and entertained there is everything from walks, cycles and hikes along the Loch Ness 360 Trail or if your after some more adventure you can do everything from paddle boarding, horse riding to a dolphin and wildlife cruise ….of course not forgetting a spot of Nessie spotting on Loch ness too.

If peace, quiet and tranquillity is what you need to switch off and relax, its not far out the city centre that you will find an abundance of B&B’s, Hotels and self-catering accommodation to hide away to recharge with a book and your favourite drink or even just to stare out into the amazing views that will surround you.

There is something for everyone all year round.