Things to do in Loch Ness and Inverness

Plan the perfect holiday in Scotland around our Loch Ness and Inverness Attractions. This Highland region is the perfect place to give you an all-around experience of Scottish culture, wildlife, history and hospitality.  The area is steeped in history, surrounded by mystery and teeming with the untamed wilderness! What’s more, with the breath-taking scenery of the Scottish Highlands, you’ll find that even travelling to your next destination is an awe-inspiring adventure in itself. There is no end to the many things to do and places to see in Inverness and around Loch Ness. From ancient Scottish castles and other historic sites,to outdoor activities and tours and boat trips.

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Top Loch Ness and Inverness Attractions

Our most popular attractions and activities near Loch Ness and Inverness include:

1. Driving the North Coast 500, Scotland’s answer to route 66
2. Walking or cycling the Loch Ness 360° Trail, a full loop around Loch Ness
3. Whisky Tours at the Glen Ord Distillery
4. Visiting Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
5. Historic Tours of Fort George
6. Nessie Hunting Boat Tours and Cruises on Loch Ness
7. Exploring the ancient Urquhart Castle
8. Climbing Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh for spectacular views
9. Visiting Fort Augustus and the Caledonian Canal
10. Discovering the tragic story of Culloden Battlefield

Monster Hunting on Loch Ness

Here in the Highlands, we’re no strangers to myths and legends. The mystery surrounding our famous Loch and the elusive Loch Ness Monster is, well, legendary. It’s why visiting Loch Ness in search of signs of the world’s most beloved beastie is a favourite pastime for anyone visiting the area. Enjoy a bit of monster hunting for yourself with a cruise on Loch Ness. Visit the award-winning Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition to help you separate the fact from the fiction when it comes to the Nessie legend. Or, take the family to Nessie Land for some monster-themed fun.

But Loch Ness isn’t just about Nessie

Nessie hunting is fun, but as anyone who has ever visited the Scottish Highlands knows, there’s much more to Loch Ness and Inverness. The multitude of nearby attractions includes castles, historic battlefieldswhisky distilleriesbotanical gardens, walking trails, ancient burial sites, museums and galleries, scottish canals, great bridges, stunning waterfalls, tours and boat trips. military forts and so much more!

After a day out exploring all that Loch Ness and Inverness have to offer, what better way to relax and unwind than by spending an afternoon or evening at the theatre or cinema? For the seasoned shopper and bargain hunter alike, some retail therapy at the Eastgate Shopping Centre, old Victorian Market, charming boutiques, vintage stores and everything in between is a great way to spend a day in Inverness.

Outdoor Sports and Activities

The Loch Ness and Inverness area is famous for outdoor sports and activities, given the area’s rugged, yet beautiful and vast landscapes. If you’re looking for some outdoor activities we have plenty of watersports and outdoor sports. Plus our Highland region is inundated with natural wonders. We have many great walking trails, from gentle, easy paths to challenging climbs. The Loch Ness 360° Trail loops around the whole loch, It combines the two smaller routes of the Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness Trial into one epic journey, which takes up to six days to complete. But you can choose to tackle it in smaller sections.

Family Fun in Inverness and Loch Ness

When it comes to amazing Loch Ness and Inverness visitor attractions for the whole family, you won’t be disappointed! Family-friendly attractions include Whin Park, Nessie Land, Inverness Leisure Pool, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness by Jacobite and Frankie and Lola’s Soft Play. So, you can have fun with the kids, whatever the weather.

Annual Events and Festivals

Some attractions are only here in Inverness and Loch Ness at certain times of year. Popular annual events in our region include races and sports like the Etape Loch Ness. Loch Ness Marathon and the Glen Affric Duathon. Also, there’s plenty of arts and entertainment, such as the Inverness Film Festival, Bright Beauly Fair and Loch Ness KnitFest. Not to mention the amazing Inverness Highland Games. And our exciting festive events, including Inverness’s Christmas and Hogmanay Festivals. Whatever season you visit us, there’s always something happening. Check our annual events list for the latest festivals and events in our region.

En Route To Loch Ness And Inverness Attractions

A gateway to the rest of the Highlands, Loch Ness and Inverness is the perfect base for exploring further afield. For anyone looking to take the road less travelled, we have a number of wonderful one-day self-drive car tours. And of course, Inverness is part of the popular North Coast 500. This 500-mile driving route is known as the “ultimate road trip”, which travels through the six regions of Inverness Loch Ness, Sutherland. Eater Ross, Wester Ross, Back Isle and Caithness. Featuring some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!

Please enjoy researching the area through our website and remember, you can contact us any time if you need help or advice with anything. For more ideas on how to spend your time, download a visitor map showing all attractions around Inverness and Loch Ness.

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