With so much to do and see in the Scottish Highlands, exploring all that Loch Ness, Inverness and the surrounding area has to offer is no mean feat. But with our free area maps, finding your bearings and starting your ultimate Highland adventure couldn’t be easier.
Want to hunt for Nessie? Or would you rather spend the day shopping? Perhaps you wish to take in some heritage and culture? We have it all. Inverness and Loch Ness are steeped in history and ancient Scottish culture. Famous for our Scottish hospitality and scenic beauty, you are sure to have an experience of a lifetime.
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A vibrant city with the wonders of the Scottish Highlands on its doorstep – what’s not to love about Inverness? As the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is a combination of cosmopolitan comforts, beautiful spaces and historical treasures. Enjoy some retail therapy with shopping in Inverness. Take in the sights and sounds of Inverness city centre, such as the impressive St Andrew’s Cathedral. Marvel at the views of this compact city from Inverness Castle, before going on a relaxing stroll along the banks of the River Ness.
From the city centre to the centre of Highland history, explore the vital role Inverness played in shaping Scottish History. Retrace the steps of the fallen Jacobite soldiers at the Culloden Battlefield. Visit the ancient cairns of a Bronze Age burial site at Clava Cairns and Corrimony and explore the many Inverness attractions and historic sites.Find Out Where to Stay & What to do in Inverness
No trip to the Highlands would be complete without a visit to Loch Ness. Located just six miles away from Inverness, Loch Ness and its famous resident monster have been shrouded in myth and mystery for centuries. From our many historic Scottish Castles to Fort Augustus, explore the charming villages, breath-taking scenery and abundance of wildlife Loch Ness has to offer.
With boat tours and cruises along Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal, hiking trails and cycle paths through one of the most beautiful parts of the world, nearby Highland castles and natural beauty as far as the eye can see, Loch Ness is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. You can also book a guided day tour around the key attractions and sights.Explore Loch Ness
When it comes to exploring Loch Ness and Inverness, there’s nothing better than a Scottish Highland road trip. Choose between enjoying the scenery from the comfort of your own car or from the luxury of one of the many guided coach tours from Inverness. Explore the multitude of villages, castles, viewpoints, picnic spots and historic sites across this rich, cultural heartland. A place where myths and legends abound that will captivate you for days on end. Our website will tell you the best things to do around Loch Ness, in Inverness and the surrounding area. You will also find information on the different ways to travel around, and where to stay.
Bringing your own car or hiring a car? When staying with us we recommend exploring the East of Inverness and Loch Ness (which can be driven round in a day trip, or you can explore one side and then the other, taking a little more time). Visit our Scottish Castles, Outlander sites and our many Scottish attractions.
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