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.
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.
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.
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.
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.