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Enjoying Inverness in July

Loch Ness Things To Do

Visiting Loch Ness and Inverness in July means warm days, hours of adventure and great fun for all the family! The Scottish Highlands in July offers stunning landscapes and unforgettable excursions on and around Loch Ness.

As it’s the summer holidays, everything from hotels to restaurants are geared up for family breaks. There are special events and performances throughout this month in Inverness and the wider Highlands. This gives you an enviable choice of things to do. Or, of course, if you are looking for a relaxing break in the Scottish countryside, there’s plenty of room and options for you here too.

Adventurous outdoor activities

From walking around Loch Ness to cycling up mountains, there’s plenty of outdoor space and activities for everyone. If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous, you could try gorge walking. This amazing experience really gets you into the heart of the Highlands as you clamber over rocks in the water, and ultimately take a ten-foot plunge back in at the end! July is a fantastic time of year to try this, especially for children as the water is warmer, but is available year-round.

Relaxing summer fun

If you would rather spend time taking a break from your hectic life, then Inverness offers opportunities for relaxation and revitalisation. Stroll around our range of bars, cafes and restaurants, or take a walk along the Ness Islands. Take in a show at Eden Court, or take in the sights at Dunrobin Castle and its stunning grounds.

Summer Activities in the Highlands

Visiting Inverness in July is a great idea for everyone who loves spending time outdoors. From cruises to Highland Games and dolphin spotting to train rides, make this summer one for all the family to enjoy in Scotland.

A busy boat of tourists on a guided cruise with Cruise Loch Ness on a Summers day

Explore Loch Ness

Come and experience the beauty and mystery of Loch Ness yourself this July. Take a guided cruise out onto the water. Enjoy the stunning views and let the wind blow through your hair. And if you’re lucky, you might even see a particularly shy resident of the loch…!

You can take it easy on dry land too by coming for a fishing break. Whether you want to spend a week with a rod or just an afternoon, there are plenty of opportunities to fish. You don’t even have to leave Inverness city centre either. The salmon pools on River Ness can be fished with the appropriate permits, available on the day.

Enjoy your own mini Highland Games at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness

Inverness events in July

If you are coming to Inverness in July, then don’t miss out on one of Scotland’s most famous attractions – the Highland Games.

The Inverness Highland Games take place every July and is a great trip out for all the family. Under 12s get in free. There’s plenty to see, like Highland dancing, shinty, pipes and drums and, of course, tossing the caber.

July also brings the annual Loch Ness Film Festival to the city. For over ten years this independent festival has been showing some of the most original and diverse movies of the time.

People enjoying a guided tour and Rib boat ride on Loch Ness

Highland Wildlife

Wildlife spotting is a fantastic activity to do with the family. You can step on board a boat and go along with an experienced guide to try and spot dolphins. These majestic creatures often swim alongside and dive up through the water on the Moray Firth. You might even spot some seals and otters too.

If you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, bottlenose dolphins can sometimes be spotted at Fort Gorge. The fort itself is a great place to visit. Learn about the history of this 250 year-old garrison, and explore the newly refurbished Highlanders Museum.


Yachts descending the Caledonian Canal in summer to enter the tip of Loch Ness in the lovely village of Fort Augustus

Day Tripping

Perhaps you would like to take in the beauty of Loch Ness by driving all around it? You can stop at Fort Augustus, on the southerly tip, for a break and some refreshments. Pop into the Clansman Centre for a look at life in the 17th Century. This small town is a great place to stay awhile and watch the canal boats and yachts bob around on a lovely summers day.

Alternatively, head east from Inverness to see the majestic Culloden Viaduct which spans the River Nairn. It’s a remarkable piece of engineering, and you can take it in from the ground or buy passage on a train to take you over it.

Family Fun In July

No matter what sort of holiday you are looking for, summer in Inverness will meet your every need. Take your children stone-skimming by the lochside or find out more about Nessie at Nessieland. You can even fully immerse yourself in the Highlands by trying some wild swimming in some of the smaller lochs around the area. Inverness in July is definitely a great time to be outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.

Scottish Golf Holidays

Golf holidays in Inverness offer a good lungful of Scottish air whilst enjoying some of the best views around. Inverness Golf Club rests in the heart of the city, and there are many others scattered around Loch Ness and beyond, all offering a unique challenge to visiting golfers.

Inverness & Loch Ness Accommodation

If you are planning a Highland break in Inverness, be sure to book your accommodation early as hotels can fill up quickly. This is because the summer holidays are a popular time for tourists to visit. And remember, it’s not just hotels that are on offer – there are camping, glamping and hostels available too.


Explore our outdoors blogs

Remember to explore our ready-made holiday itineraries and road trips, or book a guided tour. Here are some blogs to give you even more inspiration for your visit!

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