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Highland History

Inverness In April

If you are planning on visiting Inverness in April, you will want to take full advantage of all the tourist attractions and visitor centres and trails and outdoor activities in the area. It’s such a beautiful time in the Highlands, with fresh spring air. If you want to go for a walk, a cycle, car ride or bus tour, then Inverness and Loch Ness has everything you need – as well as boat tours too!

One of the most popular attractions near Inverness is that of Culloden Battlefield. This is where, on April the 16th 1746, the last battle fought on British soil took place. Around 2,000 men died in a battle for the throne. It is now an area for contemplation and education about the people and places that make up the Scottish Highlands.

April Activities in the Highlands

If you are looking for some more physical activities to take on in the Highlands, then there are plenty of choices for you. Looking for water adventures in the Highlands? From speeding down Loch Ness on a RIB boat to paddling the Great Glen Way, you can find it here. There are also great activities to undertake on land, including cycling tours to see everything you can on your Loch Ness holidays.

Urquhart Castle in summer sunshine on the banks of Loch Ness

Adventures near Inverness

Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s most popular lochs for visiting. It’s grand scale and sense of mystery keeps people coming to its shores year after year. But why stop at its shore? Take a tour on the Loch to see it from a fresh angle. And if you are looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush when doing so, then perhaps going out on a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) is what you are after. You can join the Beastie Boats for a one-hour speed boat tour of the loch. Hear stories, see the sights and let the water splash in your face!

Culloden is one of the stops on the East of Inverness Heritage Trail, which is a fascinating car tour to go on. It also includes the Clava Cairns ancient burial grounds, a 4,000 year old structure where people would bury their dead.

An ariel view of Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Fort Augustus Abbey and the Caledonian Canal on a sunny day

You can also find Cawdor Castle on the trail. Many of us will have read about this location at school when studying Macbeth. It’s used as a home today, and you can visit its beautiful gardens. There’s also a magnificent wood you can explore here, and a great nature trail to walk along. This is a great adventure for kids of all ages.

For a calmer water experience, consider taking a canoe out on the river. This is your chance to paddle through some of the most glorious and dramatic scenery in the UK, going along the Great Glen and Loch Ness. Keep an eye out for wildlife along your route which can include otters, osprey and red squirrel.

Beauly Priory ruins in spring great things to do loch ness

Outdoor Beauty

Holidays in Inverness are relaxing. Take time to enjoy the Highlands outdoors. Beauly Priory is set in beautiful surroundings by the Beauly River. Built in 1230, this now roofless abbey is wonderful to wander around and explore.

The Wardlaw Mausoleum is the burial place for the Lovat Frasers. This is a popular location for fans of the Outlander series. If you plan on visiting, make sure you book ahead for a private tour.

If you fancy getting sporty, Castle Stuart Golf Links is an award-winning course to try. Golf courses can be found all around the area, so why not try a few and see which is your favourite?

View of Inverness city and the River Ness from Inverness Castle

For those wishing to spend the day in Inverness, there’s plenty to keep you busy. You could have afternoon tea at Ness Walk, followed by a light lunch at Zizis or any number of the high street chains that you have come to know and enjoy.

In Inverness in April, there’s also plenty of local, independent retailers open to visit. Like Leakey’s second-hand bookshop. And why not got for a walk around the Ness islands before finishing off with a quiet pint on the Castle Tavern, with its beer garden? Put your feet up on your Inverness trip.

To make sure you are suitably attired for the outdoors in Scotland, perhaps pay a visit to Campbell’s of Beauly. This is where royals come to get kitted out! This tailors and outfitters can make sure you look the part in finest Scottish tartan clothing.

Castles in and around Inverness

Inverness Castle is a beautiful building which overlooks the River Ness. Most of the castle is closed to the public, however, you can access the north tower which gives you great views out across the city and beyond.

Take a trip around Loch Ness to see even more castles. These include the famous Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness. There is plenty of history to explore – and amazing photos to take!

Enjoy your trip to Inverness in April with so much here to do. And don’t forget to share your images with us on Facebook!


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