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Inverness In May

Thinking about taking a holiday to Inverness in May? This is a great time to enjoy the Scottish outdoors and the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.

If you are looking to explore the country and get the most out of your spring break here, then we’ve got some fantastic ideas to choose from. Whether your preference is staying dry on land with walking and cycling or getting wet in canoes and wetsuits, we’ve got it all.

An unmissable trip is to go around Loch Ness on the Loch Ness 360° trail. This is a circular route that takes in all the most popular sights – and many hidden gems – around the whole of the loch. It follows the Great Glen Way for some of its way. It’s a great route to walk or cycle. You can explore the famous Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. Take some time to admire the beautiful falls at Invermoriston. And make sure you visit Fort Augustus and enjoy the canals for a while.

May Activities in the Highlands

The weather in Scotland in May can be changeable, but that doesn’t stop us having a good time! May in Scotland brings with it a few bank holidays. These are days – usually Mondays – when people get the day off work to enjoy doing whatever they love. There are often festivals and events planned for these days. However there are plenty of things to do throughout the month to keep you busy!

Group of friends playing =kayaking in Scotland

Things to Do Loch Ness

Getting onto the water is sometimes the first thing people want to do when they come to Loch Ness. And it makes sense – the feeling of being out in the wilderness surrounded by nature is sublime. So pack your warm clothes and wetsuits because you’re going to get wet! Take a trip down the Great Glen Canoe Trail and the Caledonian Canal to experience some dramatic scenery.

Two great companies who offer this service are Explore Highland and Your Element. Adventures include a Canoe Safari, which takes you along the River Beauly towards the stunning Aigas Gorge amphitheatre. Here you can keep an eye out for wildlife like ospreys, otter, deer and other amazing creatures.

A lady doing archery at an outdoor activity centre near Loch Ness

Archery Activities

Archery is a popular outdoor sport up here in the Highlands. It’s a great way to spend a day with the family and make memories to last a lifetime. If you are looking for archery with a difference, why not bring the kids dinosaur hunting in the woods? May is a great time to do this as the forests are full of life and (prehistoric) activity!

For a spring break that is a bit different, bring some friends and initiate the Hunger Games. Capture the flag or last archer standing – it’s a great way to get outdoors and breath in that fresh air.

Is paintballing more your thing? You can do that here too. As well as paintball and archery, you can try lazertag and axe throwing! If you are planning a trip to Inverness during a bank holiday, this is a great idea to keep everyone entertained.

Golfing breaks

Are you coming to the highlands for a spot of golf? You won’t be disappointed in the range and quality of our courses. Golf holidays in Scotland are a great way to relax, and our Highland courses are situated in beautiful surroundings. Choices include Castle Stuart, sitting on the banks of the Moray Firth, and Inverness Golf Club, right in the heart of the city.

If you are looking to come to the Highlands specifically to golf, the Highland Golf Links is a great place to start when booking your accommodation and courses.

Meet our wildlife

Whilst we welcome visitors to our busy city centre and towns every year, it doesn’t take long to leave behind modern life and get immersed in the Highland wilderness. Wildlife in the Highlands includes deer that roam the countryside, as well as the birds of prey that soar above. Getting the most out of your trip is important, so consider booking onto a guided tour. See the wildlife from the comfort of a bus with WOW Scotland Tours, or on two wheels with 42 Cycling. If you know what you want, then Inverness Custom Tours can put a personalised package together for you.

And if it’s wildlife of the aquatic nature you are looking for, then we have guides for that too! Dolphin Spirit Inverness can take you to all the dolphin hotspots for your best chance at spotting one. And who knows – you might even see Nessie on your trip too!

Immerse yourself in the Highlands

If you are looking for an adrenaline-fuelled trip to the Highlands, then consider taking advantage of one of the many outdoor activity centres. For example Craggan Outdoors offers everything from clay pigeon shooting and mini-quads to rock-climbing and white water rafting.

One of the most magical experiences is to go horse riding through the glens of the Highlands. Loch Ness Riding offers experienced riders the chance to see the countryside from the back of a horse. What’s more, you can bring your own horse with you on holiday and they will take care of it for you. This is a wonderful way to experience the beautiful sights and sounds of Inverness in May.


Explore our Spring blogs

Make sure you explore our ready-made holiday itineraries and road trips. Or book a guided tour to get the most out of your trip to Inverness and Loch Ness.

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