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Inverness in February

February is definitely the time to coorie in! What does coorie mean? It’s a traditional Scottish word that means to cuddle up or nestle in, especially when it’s cold outside and warm inside. This is exactly what you can do when visiting Inverness in February on a cosy romantic Highland getaway. From the northern lights (as captured by Highland photographer Tim Winterburn in the picture above). To drinks on your veranda, snuggled up at log cabins like Eagle Brae in the picture opposite. You are sure to be spoilt when looking for a special escape in the Highlands.

Romance comes in many forms so whether its an intimate dining experience in one of the many excellent local restaurants or tucked up in a glamping pod with your adventure soulmate and a fish supper, we have it all right here.

An added bonus for coming to the Highlands in February is there tends to be fewer visitors, meaning no queues for attractions, and immediate service in bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect time for those who like to live on the spur of a moment.

If you want to explore the Scottish Highlands in February, be sure to pack warm clothing. But also remember to bring binoculars for the abundant wildlife; a camera to help immortalise all your memories, and a hip flask of whisky (just in case!).

Winter Activities in the Highlands

There are so many things to see and do in the Scottish Highlands in February that you will be spoiled for choice. From loch cruises to reindeer spotting and a night at the theatre, there is surely something for everyone.

Crusie Loch Ness Boat experience tour on Loch Ness

Cruises on Loch Ness

You can see the famous Loch Ness from a boat any time of year, thanks to various cruise companies in the area. Loch Ness by Jacobite and Cruise Loch Ness both offer year-round trips. These are brilliant fun for all ages and offer spectacular views of the loch and surrounding scenery. You might even spot some wildlife on the water – including Nessie!

Depending on your choice of cruise, departures can be from Dochgarroch Lock, just a few miles from Inverness city centre, or Fort Augustus, on the south side of the loch. A Loch Ness winter can offer beautiful days on the water – just make sure to bring a scarf!

Deer in the Highlands with one looking at the camera

Wildlife Adventures

Many people visit the Highlands to experience the wonderful array of wildlife we have here. February is a great time to see wild deer as they come closer to towns and villages looking for food. If you are looking for some bird spotting activities, going on one of Eagle Brae’s black grouse safaris is an absolute must. With an experienced guide, you can trek out to see them lekking (when all the makes gather to show off!).

A Visit Britain photo of a restaurant in Inverness on the banks of the River Ness with outdor dining at dusk

Dining Out in Inverness

Inverness has everything from cafes to pubs to restaurants to cater for you. Whether it is sit-in or takeaway, you can find delicious food all the way through February.

Many local eateries pride themselves on sourcing only the finest local produce for your plate. For example, Table Manors offers outstanding food from award-winning chefs on the 5* Achnagairn Estate. For lovely river views, River House Restaurant offers outdoor space as you taste some of the finest seasonal and sustainable produce from Scotland.

Valentines Day in Inverness

Thinking about taking your significant other to the Scottish Highlands for Valentine’s Day? That’s a great idea! As well as a special dinner, you can also take them to afternoon tea. This is a delicious selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes, all washed down with some tasty tea. Or, if you prefer, upgrade to some bubbly! The wonderful Ness Walk, a 5* hotel on the banks of the River Ness, is a great place for this.

Why not also go for a special treat to the theatre? Eden Court has productions throughout February and offers a great alternative to the cinema. If you would rather go for a nice hand-holding walk around some gardens, then the Inverness Botanic Gardens are open. It even has a tropical house to keep you out of any inclement weather!

Enjoy February in Inverness

There are many things to do in February here in Inverness – and some may surprise you!

The Snowman Rally is one of the most popular motorsport activities in the area. Starting in Inverness city centre, it is 43 miles of scenic stage rallying over 5 special stages. This annual event often falls in February, and makes for a thrilling stay!

You are sure to have a fantastic stay in Inverness in February, both inside and out.


Explore our Winter blogs

Keep the adventures going and be inspired by some of these trip and itinerary ideas for throughout the year around Inverness and Loch Ness.

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