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Inverness In August

When the weather is perfect, the best thing to do is get out and about to explore everything Inverness and Loch Ness has to offer. The days are still long, and the adventures are waiting to happen. Inverness in August is a magical time and a great place for a break.

If you’re looking for thrilling things to do around Inverness in August, then you are spoiled for choice. Consider going on a Beastie Boats tour on Loch Ness. This is a tour you won’t forget in a hurry! Blast along Loch Ness on a 12-seater RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) for a 1-hour speed boat cruise.

There are many different tour operators who can give you the exact trip you are looking for. You might want to spot dolphins, cycle your way around Loch Ness or even go on an Inverness food and drink tour.

Highland heather

August is the time to visit the highlands to see the heather in full bloom. If you’re looking to see the countryside at its brightest, then August is the time to come. Heather thrives on the peatland found around the Highlands, and colours range all the way from white to pink to gold and everything in between! A great place to see the heather is at Culloden Battlefield.

Belladrum Festival

The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival takes place every August and is a reason to visit Inverness all in itself. Franz Ferdinand, Manic Street Preachers and The Proclaimers have all graced the stage in the past. Get the family together for this amazing weekend!

August Activities in the Highlands

When August arrives, the air is that bit warmer and so is the water. It’s a great month to step outside and make the most of our beautiful country. Take to the water on a cruise or canoe, or get hiking up into the mountains.

the spey group taking out people on a kayak safari in summer near Loch Ness

Water activities

A unique activity to try when you are visiting Loch Ness is to go on a canoe safari. This is a great way to spot some local wildlife and see stunning scenery and geology, whilst making as little impact on the environment as possible. Take a trip towards the amazing Aigas Gorge and along the River Beauly.

You can also go on boating holidays and day trips to the Caledonian Canal. This beautiful stretch of water runs from Fort William in the south west up to Inverness in the north east. At 60 miles long, there’s plenty to explore along this waterway.

If you are looking for something different, join one of our outdoor activity centres for an exhilarating experience. From zorbing and paddle boarding, to gorge walking and so, so much more!

Dolphin Spirit rib boat ride on the Moray firth dolphin spotting

Dolphin Spotting near Inverness

Would you like to see a dolphin jump up alongside you as you zoom across the water on a boat? Then we’ve got the perfect trip for you! A Dolphin Spirit RIB boat ride takes you dolphin spotting along the Moray Firth, not far from Inverness. Your guides have keen eyes and will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Dolphins can also be spotted without taking to the water. Fort George is a good place to take your binoculars, and can be visited as part of the East of Inverness Heritage Trail. This is a great trip that takes in over 4,000 years of Highland history!

Team building on a group tour with a mini highland games

Group Activities near Loch Ness

Sometimes doing things in a group is just better. You might be visiting as part of a work team-building break. Or maybe you are celebrating on a hen or stag party. Whatever your reason, there’s plenty to do. Take a trip to Craggan Outdoors for their mini-Highland Games. Toss a caber, play tug o’ war and even wang a wellie! If you are looking for the real thing, be sure to visit Glenurquhart Highland Games.

Join a tour of your choice and explore our whisky distilleries like Glen Ord and taste the best flavours of Scotland. Visit historic sites with the inside knowledge of our local experts. This is the best way of experiencing and learning so much more of Scotland’s past.

A Visit Britain picture of two peoples feet out hiking across the heather on the South Loch Ness Trail.

Hiking the outdoors

Strap on your boots, heave on your backpack and set off out into the Scottish wilderness this August. There are so many viewpounts and trails that you could easily walk for days! A great trail to follow if the Loch Ness 360° trail which guides you round the whole circumference of the loch.

Suidhe viewpoint is a great place to aim for, as it gives you a wonderful view of the area. Loch Tarff is nearby and offers quieter shores than bigger lochs. On the opposite end of Loch Ness from Inverness sits Fort Augustus. Here you can stay at Fort Augustus Abbey, no longer an abbey but a beautiful collection of luxurious self-catering apartments.

Where to stay near Inverness

Inverness and the surrounding areas offer many different types of accommodation. Choosing the right one for you is made easier with our handy selection. The type of accommodation you choose can define what sort of holiday you have.

For example, if you are looking to get closer to nature and sleep under the stars in August, then consider a camping or glamping holiday. Or, you might want the home comforts of a building, but not want to only have a single room to stay in. In that case, consider self-catering accommodation. These can range from luxurious log cabins to self-contained apartments.

Many people choose to stay in Bed & Breakfasts or guesthouses when they visit. They are often run by families, and can give you local guidance on what to see and do in the area. Wherever you choose to stay and experience in Inverness this August you are sure to have the best time.


Explore our adventure blogs

Take a look at our ready-made holiday itineraries and road trips, or book a guided tour. Here are some blogs for this time of year to give you inspiration.

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