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Villages & Historic Places of Interest

Highland Villages & Places to Visit in Inverness, Loch Ness

The area around Inverness and Loch Ness not only offers the best Scottish visitor attractions for all ages. You can also find a variety of interesting and historic Scottish places of interest to explore for free! Enjoy beautiful walks, true Outlander Highland scenery, the best of Scottish walks and Inverness nature reserves. Perfect for anyone who enjoys wildlife and the great outdoors. What’s more, you can make your Highland explorations as wild or tame as you please. We have something for everyone, from rugged hikes and rock climbing holidays for adrenaline junkies to picnics at the top of Falls of Foyers, and quaint Scottish pub lunches for a bit of a relaxing escape in Scotland.

Use the map below to plan your tour of our Highland Villages and places of interest as marked on the map.

Places of Interest in the Highlands for Free

Exploring these places of interest makes a great day out for the whole family. Visit the prehistoric stone circles at the Clava Cairns. Enjoy beautiful waterfalls at Foyer Falls and Plodda Falls and the Fairy Glen. Or explore our many historic Scottish buildings, churches and burial grounds. We also enjoy a number of stunning RSPB nature reserves for you to explore on foot. With so much to see and do for free around Inverness and Loch Ness, your only problem is fitting it all in!

Find details of our Scottish walks here. Pick from short strolls in Inverness along the River Ness, to longer hikes up to one of the best viewpoints around Loch Ness, on top of Meall Fuar-mhonaidh. You will also find a selection of walks and our favourite hidden gems in the Highlands in our blog section.

Visit Our Highland Villages

To help you plan your visit and where to stay in Inverness and Loch Ness, visit each of our Scottish Historic on the map above. Or simply click through each village on the carousel above for a little more insight. This will take you to a page about each of our lovely Scottish Villages around Loch Ness, their main characteristics and features. For more information around the City of Inverness, click here.

Being the remote Scottish Highlands, we have very few towns in the area. Loch Ness is a sparsely populated area of the Scottish Highlands. Much of the landscape consists of scattered communities and small villages, which you can visit on a day trip around Loch Ness. Many of our Scottish Villages have retained their original character to this day. Inverness too retains a “city in the country” feel about it. It is compact, unhurried and easy to cover on foot in a day with many interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Our Captial of the Scottish Highlands is so rural, you might even spot the odd hay lorry driving through!

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