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The Best Al Fresco Dining in Inverness and Loch Ness

The Highlands may not be known for al fresco dining. But really, it’s time to change this! As summer approaches, there are some wonderful places to eat in Inverness and around Loch Ness with outdoor dining space. The perfect way to relax and enjoy Scotland’s clean, fresh air. Inverness Restaurants for Al Fresco Dining Down by the […]

Highland cow in Scotland

Explore Our Highland Wildlife

Meet our fantastic wildlife! Are you looking to explore Highland wildlife? If so then read on and see where to can catch a glimpse of a variety of Scottish species. With an abundance of unspoilt countryside, nature reserves, beautiful forests and lochs and rivers, we have thriving habitats and a vast array of wildlife within! […]

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Spring has Sprung in Scotland

Events this Spring in Inverness and Loch Ness Spring in Inverness and Loch Ness has arrived! And just in time for our first major local event. Etape Loch Ness on Sunday 28th April 2019. And the 5,000 cyclists are in for a treat! By the end of April, Scottish wildflowers will be in full bloom. The gorse, with its bright […]

The Best Hiking Trails Around Inverness And Loch Ness

Our Top Three Hiking Trails We often get asked by visitors where the best places to hike in the area are. Well, we had a good think and here’s our ‘top 3’ hiking trails around Inverness and Loch Ness. One short 2-3 hour hike, one full day hike and one multi-day hike! 1. Meall Fuar-mhonaidh […]

The Best Lochs To Go Kayaking In And Around Loch Ness And Inverness

Kayaking Holidays in Scotland The Inverness and Loch Ness region is known around the world for amazing scenery and beautiful landscapes. And visitors and locals alike can enjoy the great outdoors on foot, by bike and, of course, on the water! So when it comes to kayaking holidays in Scotland, there are a large number […]

Whisky barrels in a distillery

Highland Whisky Distilleries: Mastering the Single Malt

When thinking about Scotland, there is a fair chance that whisky will be a prominent feature. Indeed, it is so synonymous with Scotland that people around the world often call it “Scotch”. From a simple recipe of malted barley, yeast and water, Highland whisky distilleries can create a myriad of subtle flavours from the sweet […]

Beautiful green walkway in the Scottish Highlands

Explore these Hidden Highland Treasures

Hidden Gems in the Scottish Highlands Inverness and Loch Ness welcomes thousands of visitors every year. All eager to experience the magnificent scenery, culture and history of the Highlands. Most people head straight for the well-known visitor attractions around our famous Loch. But we locals know a few amazing spots off the beaten track that […]

Scottish Highlands Landscape, Mountains, Green Field of Scotland

Oh Bonnie Bonnie Scotland!

Scotland, the Most Beautiful Country in the World Once again, Rough Guide readers have voted Scotland the most beautiful country in the world. And here in the stunning Inverness and Loch Ness area, it’s easy to see why. So today, we are going to let you into a little secret, with our top 4 most […]

Greig Street Bridge in Inverness at Night

What’s on in Inverness Winter 2018-19

What’s on this Winter in the Highlands? The winter season has definitely arrived as daylight hours get shorter and temperatures drop. But at this magical time of the year, there’s plenty Christmas cheer to warm us all up. So, we thought we would take a look some of the upcoming events and attractions in Inverness […]

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Winter Activities to Get the Blood Pumping

Our Favourite Winter Activities in Scotland The Highlands is a truly magical place for a winter break in Scotland. The air is cold and crisp and the mountains are covered in fresh white snow. In winter, temperatures hover around 4°C and often dip below freezing. There are so many winter activities in Scotland and things […]

Best Places in Inverness to Wrap Up Your Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping in Inverness Are you planning on doing your Christmas shopping in Inverness and Loch Ness this year? Along with the big-name brands and our great Inverness shopping centres we have of the best shops in Inverness for you to find some unusual or hand-crafted gifts. So join us, pick up some quirky stocking […]

The Highlands on Your Doorstep

Tours from Inverness Thanks to improved travel connections into the capital of the Highlands, Inverness has become the perfect base for exploring Scotland. With daily flights from London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Belfast and many more, tours from Inverness are the perfect way to see the Scottish Highlands. Today, our friends at Rabbie’s Trail Burners share with […]

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Where to go Wild Swimming in the Highlands

Wild Swimming in Scotland near Inverness and Loch Ness First things first, we do not recommend you go wild swimming in Loch Ness. Apart from the small matter of Nessie lurking deep beneath the surface, the water is bitterly cold all year round – only around 5°C. In these low temperatures, you will quickly get hypothermia. […]

A SUPer day out on the water!

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Inverness and Loch Ness What do you get when the Visit Inverness Loch Ness team spend a day mastering Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)? A SUPer day out! For good reason, Inverness and Loch Ness is a top destination for outdoor and active holidays. Activities like hiking, mountain biking and canoeing are […]

Five Loch Ness and Inverness Attractions for your Bucket List

Our Highland Travel Bucket List 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 […]

5 Things to Look Forward To At Loch Ness KnitFest 2017

This October, Loch Ness KnitFest 2017 returns to Inverness and Loch Ness and we are already getting a little bit excited! Knitters and hookers (that’s someone who likes to crochet in case you didn’t know!) from all over the world will be coming to the Highland Capital for all things woolly and crafty. So we’ve […]

Highland Military Tattoo 8-10 September 2017, Fort George, near Inverness

One of Scotland’s favourite events is coming back to Fort George near Inverness this September – our friends at the Highland Military Tattoo tell us all about it! “Culture. Tradition. History. That’s what the annual Highland Military Tattoo is all about. It’s a celebration of the best of Highland and military culture and traditions. An extravaganza of […]

Haunted Highlands: Places to Visit if you Dare

Highland Ghost Stories That’ll Give You The Chills In a country full of ancient castles, Scottish battlefields and stone circles, is it any wonder that Inverness and Loch Ness has a few ghost stories to tell? We have all heard of Scotland’s haunted castles, but here we have found you three spooky Inverness ghost stories […]

Xmas Breaks in the Highlands: What to look forward to this Festive Season

Christmas in Scotland doesn’t get much better than a Highland Xmas breaks. The Highlands are special all year round and Christmas is no exception. It is truly magical in the city of Inverness with canopies of Christmas lights creating a cosy feel over some of the city’s oldest streets. The often-photographed nearby River Ness, with […]