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Exciting Highland Events in 2020

What’s on in the Highlands in 2020? As a new year begins, our thoughts turn to upcoming events and what we can really look forward to. Well, here in the Highlands, there is plenty going on. From Skye to Fort William, or Drumnadrochit to Inverness there are once again many great Highland events and festivals […]

Inverness to Beauly, Glen Affric & Drumnadrochit – North Loch Ness Itinerary

The beautiful northern shore of Loch Ness is a perfect route to take to experience Scotland’s history, culture and essence. Travelling from Inverness to Drumnadrochit via Beauly and Glen Affric is a beautiful trail. Here’s how to make the most of it. Taking a northern route around the top of the loch from Inverness to […]

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

Scotland doesn’t get much more magical than when you go on Christmas breaks in the Highlands! The Scottish Highlands are special all year round, but they take on a special feeling around Christmas. It is truly magical in the city of Inverness with canopies of Christmas lights creating a cosy feel over some of the […]

Christmas Events around Inverness

A great choice of Christmas Events around Inverness for all ages! When the days shorten and the first snowflakes of winter start to fall, that’s the perfect time to start finding Christmas events around Inverness that you would like to go to. In fact, it’s time to investigate all the “christmassy” goings-on around our area! […]

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What’s Happening at the Inverness Film Festival?

What’s Happening at the Inverness Film Festival? The 17th annual Inverness Film Festival kicks off in the city in November. 2019 looks like one of the most exciting lineups yet! With a special preview on the 4th November, the Festival kicks off properly on the 8th and runs until the 14th November.  This is an unmissable […]

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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 […]

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Exploring Glen Affric’s Autumn Colours

Glen Affric Walks this Autumn After a lovely summer around Loch Ness and Inverness, autumn has definitely arrived now and the trees are changing colour. And when you think of autumn colours in the Highlands, the first place that will probably come to mind is beautiful Glen Affric. In autumn, Glen Affric walks are simply spectacular! […]

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Autumn Adventures in Inverness and Loch Ness

Things to do in Autumn around Inverness and Loch Ness Well, summer has passed and the days are getting shorter. But, did you know that autumn is a great time to visit the Scottish Highlands? The crowds have gone and the roads are much quieter. Thus it is generally a much more peaceful and relaxing […]

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5 Things to Look Forward To At Loch Ness Knit Fest 2019

From 16th to 20th October 2019, Loch Ness Knit Fest comes to Inverness Leisure Centre and we are already getting a little bit excited! Knitters, stitchers, weavers and crocheters from around the world will be arriving in Scotland for all things woolly and crafty. So, we’ve stitched together five things you can look forward to […]

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A Nature Reserve in the Heart of the Highland Capital

Explore this hidden gem in Inverness – a must-do for wildlife enthusiasts! If you are a wildlife enthusiast then come and see a Highland Nature Reserve which is a hidden gem! Of course, the most famous Nature Reserve in our area is the amazing Glen Affric. However, there is another hidden gem for nature lovers right […]

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Beautiful Glen Affic in Autumn, view of a loch

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Explore Inverness and Loch Ness on Two Wheels!

Cycle Around Loch Ness and Inverness The Inverness and Loch Ness region offer cycling routes for all abilities, from easy family rides to challenging cycling sportives! For Beginners and Families There are many cycle routes suitable for beginners and groups of mixed ability. One good example is the “Dochgarroch Loop”, which starts from Tomnahurich Bridge […]

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A Journey through Time

Explore the many prehistoric sites and standing stones near Inverness. As you will know, Stone Circles have been getting a lot of attention recently thanks to ‘Outlander’. So here we will explore the pre-historic sites and stone circles we have in our area. And there are more of them than to be expected! Clava Cairns For those […]

A view of mist over the Beauly Firth from Craig Phadrig

A Short Winter Walk To A Very Historic Site

Visit the ancient fort of Craig Phadrig and enjoy stunning views over the Beauly Firth Here in the Highlands, days are a little shorter in winter than summer. To point out, daylight hours in deep winter are 8 am to 4 pm! But that is no excuse to stay indoors. There are plenty of short […]

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Everything You Need To Know About The South Loch Ness Trail

For anyone visiting Loch Ness, one of the best ways to enjoy the majesty and wonder of the Scottish Highlands is on foot. Luckily, for the avid explorers or adventurers out there, walking routes in the region are many and varied. And one of our favourite Loch Ness hiking trails has to be the South […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Clan Mackintosh burial stone at Culloden Battlefield

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 Highland ghost stories to tell? We have all heard of Scotland’s spooky castles.  Below we have found you some spooky haunted Inverness ghost […]

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Follow the River Nairn from the Seaside to Cawdor

Riverside Path from Nairn to Cawdor We have already introduced you to a few walks around Inverness and Loch Ness, but don’t miss a visit to the villages and visitor attractions east of Inverness! This area has got much to offer. For example, famous Culloden Battlefield, Fort George and Cawdor Castle. If you’d like to combine your visit to […]

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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. […]

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Beautiful Gardens Around Inverness and Loch Ness

Come and Explore our Loch Ness and Inverness Gardens At this time of year, our Loch Ness and Inverness gardens are lush and green. They’re looking their best, with amazing displays of colourful flowers and hardy Highland plants. Green-fingered visitors are spoilt for choice when looking for gardens to visit in our area. Cawdor Castle Gardens […]

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Explore Loch Ness with Google Maps

Virtual Tours of Loch Ness This great video from the people at Google Maps explains their motivation in mapping Loch Ness for the internet audience, as well as giving you a little taster of what you can expect when you explore the area online with their amazing over and underwater tours of Loch Ness. Using […]

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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 […]

Romantic sunset over the waters of Loch Ness

The Perfect Romantic Highland Getaway

Fall in Love with Romantic Holidays in Scotland We can offer a whole host of different romantic holidays here in Scotland. A crackling log fire on a winter’s night, snow falling, oh so lightly, onto the window frames. The faint smell of pine smoke in the air and the flickering shadows dancing all around you, […]

New, exciting challenges for the New Year!

Runners and cyclists love Inverness and Loch Ness for the scenic routes to explore and fantastic races to enter, but are you ready for a new sporting challenge in Scotland this year? Perhaps you want to take on a marathon, ultra-marathon or even a duathlon in Scotland? We’re very excited about Scotland’s newest long-distance trail […]