A destination perfect for all seasons!

Unlike many destinations that peak during the summer months, Inverness and Loch Ness is a compelling choice for travel all year round our landscapes, history and culture captivates visitors no matter the season. This unique seasonal versatility means visitors can enjoy a different experience with each visit, ensuring that no two trips are ever the same.

Below we explore the destination in seasons and provide top tips on when would be the best time for you to visit and why.


As the chill of winter fades, Inverness and Loch Ness bloom, a beautiful time when life starts to blossom again and the transition from winter into spring begins. Wildlife awakens, spring flowers begin to appear and new born lambs leap into life across the green fields. Visitors can enjoy the peace and tranquillity from the peak season crowds


Spring visitor information


  March April  May
  • Attractions Open
 90% 100% 100%
  • Visitors 
 40% 50% 75%
  • Weather average temperatures
 1-8 degrees 2-10 degrees 5-13 degrees
  • Accommodation Cost guide 

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Inverness - River Ness Spring

Top tips and reasons to visit during Spring

Visitors returning but still quiet and days getting longer so more time to explore the area.

Visiting in spring means you can enjoy the attractions with fewer crowds compared to the busy summer months.

There may be April showers (well it is Scotland) but what does that matter when there are so many attractions to visit. Just bring layers, a water proof and sunglasses to cover all weather bases!


Culloden Battlefield

Spring is a great time for good availability and lower accommodation prices.

90 - 100% of the attractions are open. 

Spring brings some great events, from Easter activities to sporting challenges, find out What's on! 

Getting outside feels a little more attractive with the spring weather and plenty of activity opportunities, nature lovers can enjoy the vast number of walks available in the area. Woodland tracks, beach strolls or hill walking are just a few ways to experience the glorious first rays of spring sunshine.

woman looking over loch

Spring Inspiration

Be inspired to visit Inverness and Loch Ness in stunning Spring!

What's on in Spring

Explore all the Spring events happening in Inverness and Loch Ness

Spring Accommodation

Find the perfect place to stay for your Spring break in Inverness and Loch Ness.


With wonderfully long Summer days, you can pack in as much as possible, enjoying extended daylight hours to explore iconic landmarks and partake in summer festivities like the Inverness Highland Games, Under Canvas at Eden Court, or the Belladrum Festival. These summer events feature vibrant music, dance, and a celebration of Scottish culture, making summer an exciting time to visit.


Summer visitor information

  June July August
  • Attractions Open
 100% 100% 100%
  • Visitors 
 75% 90% 95%
  • Weather average temperatures
 8-16 degrees 9-17 degrees 9-17 degrees
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Glen urquhart highland games

Summer in Scotland doesn't always guarantee perfect weather, but a bit of rain never stops the fun or the creation of amazing memories with friends and family. There will be smiles all around after family-friendly adventures with so much to see and do! Enjoy activities like cycling, gorge walking, dolphin spotting, paddle boarding, beach picnics, woodland archery, and axe throwing. Embark on adventure trail walks and wildlife spotting, including the legendary Nessie. These are just a few of the many summer activities available to ensure everyone has a fantastic time.

Top tips for visiting during Summer 

Book in advance! If you are planning to visit in the peak Summer season you will discover that accommodation can be limited and more expensive if you book close to your visit. So make sure to plan ahead!

The same goes for attractions and activities, by booking in advance you will save time and money! There are many bookable experiences you can plan ahead for.

Family cycling

Plan your visit

Plan well ahead for a Summer trip to Inverness and Loch Ness, here is all you need to know!

Bookable experiences

Book all the top attractions and activities in advance to save time and money!

Be Inspired and discover more...

Fill your itinerary to the max and don't miss a thing by discovering everything there is to see, do and experience in our useful guides.


Autumn in the Highlands is a sight to behold, with the landscape awash in reds, oranges, and golds. This season offers a quieter, more reflective experience, ideal for hiking or enjoying the harvest season's culinary delights. The cooler temperatures and reduced visitor numbers make it a fantastic time to explore popular attractions without the Summer rush.


Autumn visitor information

  September October November
  • Attractions Open
 100% 100% 75%
  • Visitors 
 75% 60% 40%
  • Weather average temperatures
 7-15 degrees 5-12 degrees 1-8 degrees
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Glen Affric view

Top tips and reasons for visiting in Autumn

This is an outdoor enthusiasts season, as well as enjoying your favourite activity you will be surrounded by incredible Autumn colours. 

Visitor numbers decrease during Autumn but the majority of attractions are still open.

A popular season for couples and a great time for a post Summer or pre-Christmas recharge of the batteries in stunning surroundings. 


Ness islands with Calum Maclean

Top 5 reasons to visit in Autumn

There are far more reasons than just 5, so find our more about visiting in the Autumn.

Autumn well being break

Inspiration for the perfect well being get away in Inverness and Loch Ness

What's on in Autumn

Take a look at the events on during Autumn, you may find something perfect to use as an excuse for a getaway to the Highlands.


Winter in the Highlands often brings snow, creating a magical backdrop for relaxed walks in the crisp air. Explore the snowy surroundings before curling up by a roaring fire with a coffee, homemade cake, or a dram. 

Embrace the opportunity to "Coorie in," a Scottish term meaning to cuddle up or nestle in, perfect for a cosy romantic Winter getaway. Romance is abundant, whether it's an intimate dining experience at a local restaurant or a cosy night in a glamping pod with your adventure partner and a fish supper.


Eagle Brae Cabin in the snow

Winter visitor information

  December January February
  • Attractions Open
 75% 75% 75%
  • Visitors 
 35% 30% 40%
  • Weather average temperatures
 0-6 degrees 0-5 degrees 1-8 degrees
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Northern lights over a old cairn

Top tips and reasons to visit in the Winter

Winter is the quietest season for visitors, but this presents a great opportunity for those considering a visit. Accommodation availability is higher and prices are typically at their lowest, while most attractions remain open. Plus, we specialise in wet weather activities!

Winter is also an ideal time to catch the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. They are at their strongest between October and March, when the skies are at their darkest, offering a magical spectacle for those lucky enough to witness it.

The Highlands are renowned for their festive celebrations, offering a perfect blend of peaceful retreats amidst stunning scenery and lively gatherings.


Celebrate Christmas in Inverness and Loch Ness

Celebrate a magical Christmas in the Scottish Highlands

Hogmanay in the Highlands

Bring in the new year and celebrate Highland Hogmanay style!

Discover amazing dark skies

The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down, it just gets more exciting!