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Enjoying September in the Highlands

Enjoying the Highlands

Planning a visit to Inverness in September means staying in anything from one of our wonderful campsites to a luxurious hotel. You can choose to eat in some of the finest restaurants around, offering fresh, local dishes. You can also choose between an active holiday, a relaxing break, or something in between!

The Loch Ness 360° Trail

Finding your way around Loch Ness is easy, especially if you follow the Loch Ness 360° Trail. This is suitable for walking, cycling or driving and as autumn starts to draw in, you will see beautiful leaves turn browns and yellows along it. The trail takes you around the whole of the loch, visiting must-see places like the Falls of Foyer and Invermoriston Bridge.

If you would like to travel further afield, take a look at some of our one- and two-day car trips that can take you to other beautiful areas of the Highlands like the Isles of Skye.

Eat, drink & be merry

Inverness, Loch Ness and the Highlands are renowned for having some of the finest and freshest food anywhere. Try some of our local restaurants in Inverness, or any of the local tearooms. They will offer freshly cooked or baked food and always have a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Now that it’s September, the schools are going back so it’s a great time for couples to come away and enjoy some delicious food on their break. And if you have time for a trip to a local distillery to see how the magic is done, even better!

Autumn Activities in the Highlands

Although the days are starting to feel a bit cooler, September is a great month to combine indoor fun with outdoor adventure. Take a visit to some of our many castles, enjoy an afternoon tea and cosy up with a dram!

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Where to eat around Loch Ness

Delicious food, wonderful drink and terrific company. That’s all you need for a great night around Inverness, and we can provide two out of those three! If you are looking for restaurants in Inverness, you are spoiled for choice. From stylish restaurants to gastropubs, there’s something for everyone. For example, the Angel Share and Prime Restaurant are set over two floors offering a steak & seafood restaurant under one roof.

Further afield, there are some excellent choices to eat for lunch or dinner. The Struy Inn in Beauly is a traditional 19th-century country inn. It’s a small restaurant (so book in advance!) but offers wonderful home-cooked food on a daily basis.

lady having a hot stones massage in a Spa in inverness, the Kingsmillls hotel spa

Time for yourself

Life doesn’t always have to be dashing around and keeping to schedule. If you are planning on visiting us this September, treat yourself and book in for a relaxing massage or therapy. Massage treatments are available in places like Kingsmills Hotel, where you can stay for your break and also make use of their spa.

Sometimes, walking in beautiful countryside is all the relaxation you need. Hiking and walking around the highlands and Inverness in September is a great thing to do for you soul. Get beautiful fresh air on mountain tops, glens or lochside. We have it all. You don’t even have to leave Inverness city centre either – the Ness Islands are a great way to relax away from it all without needing a car.

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Couples breaks in Inverness

Now that the schools are returning, September is the perfect time for romantic breaks to the Highlands. Visiting Loch Ness and Inverness in September with your partner at this time of year can mean long strolls by Loch Ness, thrilling rides over the water and relaxing evenings sipping whisky. You might even want to go on a food and drink tour!

There are plenty of attractions too. The beautiful Inverness Botanic Gardens offer the opportunity to walk hand-in-hand through their cactus house and tropical house. Similarly, Cawdor Castle has three outstanding gardens, meaning whenever you visit there’s always something to admire. You could also walk around Cawdor Big Wood to really feel like it’s just the two of you around.

Urquhart Castle lit up in the evening with Loch Ness in the background

The beauty of Inverness and Loch Ness

This is a stunning area of the Highlands. In September, as the sun starts to dip lower in the sky, the evenings can glow. Taking a trip to some of the most famous attractions, like Urquhart Castle or Dunrobin Castle, is less busy now than at other times of the year. Less queuing, more doing! And top tip – if you are on the lookout for dolphins, then Fort George is a great place to start.

Fishing on Loch Ness and surrounding lochs is a great way to stop and admire the stillness of the area. For a more energetic way of enjoying the scenery, you could consider a canoe trail along one of our rivers.

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Stay in Scotland

If our beautiful scenery, warm hospitality and delicious food and drink hasn’t tempted you to visit us, then what will? Perhaps the prospect of seeing the northern lights? The darker nights, as we head into autumn, make seeing them more likely. You just have to cross your fingers and keep looking up!

You are sure to enjoy your holiday here, whether you plan on cycling the trails or golfing or even finding out the filming secrets of Outlander. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Inverness in September is the perfect time to join us and take a trip of a lifetime.


Explore our Autumn blogs

Don’t forget, you can be further inspired by our itineraries and travel guides. As we head into autumn, have a look at our blogs to give you more ideas on what to do here in September.

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