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Things To See And Do in Inverness

There are lots of things to see and do in Inverness and there are now some great restaurants in Inverness too. Some of the “must see” places of interest are Loch Ness with the world famous Loch Ness monster, “Nessie”, Urquhart Castle both of which can be enjoyed on a Jacobite Cruises and Culloden Battlefield. The Mustard Seed and The Kitchen are great venues on the River Ness for an evening meal.

Inverness City has its history set as a market town and it still holds a lot of this character today. Its location is central to the main points of interest most notably Loch Ness, Culloden Moor and the Black Isle. There are many excellent restaurants offering fresh, local produce and a selection of bars some with live music. Inverness has many shops including the obvious national names but many smaller more bespoke shops ideal for gifts and souvenirs. A short distance from Inverness you will find the world famous Loch Ness, the home of the Loch Ness Monster. “Nessie’s” reputation makes Loch Ness a must see for anyone visiting the Highlands a a cruise with Jacobite is without doubt the best way to experience Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.


Scotland’s Castles – There are many Castles in Scotland and they?are especially popular with tourists around the world. We have Inverness Castle and some of the more local ones include Cawdor Castle, Urquhart Castle, Brodie Castle, Dunrobin Castle and Eilean Donan Castle. For more information click the links.

Aldourie Castle – The Castle sits right on the edge of Loch Ness and is available for exclusive use, private hire and can be hired out for private functions, family occasions and weddings.

Highlands Golf – There is an amazing choice for Golf in the Highlands and there are some excellent Highlands Golf Courses including Inverness Golf Club, world famous Nairn Dunbar, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, Royal Dornoch and Boat of Garten. For a detailed list with distances from inverness click the links.

Jacobite Cruises – Jacobite has been sailing Loch Ness for over 30 years with a five-star fleet, a passionate crew and a choice of exciting cruise and tour options. Sailing to the heart of the mystery and legend of loch Ness is more unforgettable than ever. So, whether you want to go on a cruise, explore Urquhart Castle or visit the fascinating Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, Jacobite has the experience, the enthusiasm, and the fleet to provide ultimate, magical, Loch Ness experience!

River Ness – This wide peaceful river flowing through the city of Inverness is great for fishing salmon.

Glen Affric – West of Loch Ness about 40 minutes from Inverness by car Glen Affric offers spectacular scenery and a variety of walking routes ranging from half a mile to 16 miles and from easy to demanding. The lochs, waterfalls, mountains and woodland combine to create an area of great beauty and tranquility.

Culloden Battlefield – This battlefield marks the site of the historic 1746 battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Prince Charles (Bonnie Prince Charlie).

Ace Adventures – Ace Adventure are the Highland White Water Rafting Specialists providing outdoor adventure activities based from Aviemore, the River Findhorn and the Strathspey, home to the picturesque Cairngorm National Park.

Happy Tours – On foot tours of the City with Cameron who is both entertaining and informative.

James Pringle Weavers – Part factory tour, part outlet: find out how some of Scotland’s finest woolen wares are made, then buy what you like.

Leakey’s Second Hand Book Shop – This is THE place to try in Inverness for anyone who likes books and / or a great bistro-style cafe with home cooking and an open fire! The cafe also has changing exhibitions of local art.

Floral Hall – An indoor botanical garden featuring ponds and waterfalls.

Caledonian Canal – Scenic waterway surrounded by majestic mountains and meadows.

Aigas Field Centre – The Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Field Centre for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery – This museum combines fine art with historical and natural artifacts to give visitors a more complete picture of Inverness’s complex history.

Fort George & The Queen’s Own Highlanders Regimental Museum – The Museum comprises a unique collection of medals, uniforms and accoutrements, weapons, paintings and prints, colours and pipe banners, mess plate, ceramics, and other artefacts covering the history of the regiment back to 1778. The Museum also has a comprehensive library and archive collection to which researchers are welcome, and this includes original sources and published material on Fort George.


Mustard Seed – Situated on the River and is one of Inverness’ longest established and exciting restaurants.

The Kitchen – On the River and one of Inverness’ newest retaurants.

The Red Pepper – Coffee Shop, Cafe and Sandwich Bar located by Church Street.

The Riverhouse – Located on the River and dedicated to sourcing only the finest seasonal and sustainable local produce.

Cinnamon – Opened in 2003 the Cinnamon restaurant has built a reputation as one of Inverness’s premier Indian restaurants. Specialising in authentic Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. The Cinnamon combines wonderful food and excellent service in a tasteful relaxed atmosphere.

Rocpool Restaurant – A busy city-centre brasserie with sleek contemporary interior, riverside views and an energetic atmosphere

Riva – Riva restaurant is situated in the heart of Inverness where you can experience fine Italian cuisine with stunning views of the river and Inverness Castle.

Corner Grill – A Steakhouse that has a great reputation for its Burgers!!

Cafe 1 – Fmous for it’s good food, polite staff & warm welcome.

Glen Mhor Bistro – The Bistro offers a fine selection of local seafood and grill dishes making the most of local game, Aberdeen Angus beef, fish, shellfish and fresh produce.

Contrast Brasserie – The Contrast Brasserie has superb views over the River Ness and during the summer months you can dine alfresco for lunch or dinner.

Abstract – Named a Rising Star in the latest edition of the Michelin Guide, they serve superb modern French cuisine created using the finest Scottish ingredients.

Mavericks – Extensive, great value menu.

Number 27 – With a massive selection of draught beer from around the world and a modern take on the traditional ‘pub grub’ Number 27 Bar and Restaurant is proving itself as one of the most popular and upmarket eateries in Inverness.

Bars & Clubs

Johnny Foxes – Irish pub and restaurant

The Den – A unique new wine bar and night club located on the banks of the River Ness

Hootananny – Hootananny bring you the best in live music, superb Thai cooking and a range of the finest locally produced real ales.

The Room – The Room is an American style bar/diner and is located in the heart of the social scene in Inverness town centre and is one of the few remaining privately owned bar diners in Inverness City Centre.

Castle Tavern – Voted Inverness City Real Ale Pub of the year 2008. Has 5 cask ales on tap at all times.

Gellions – Apparently the oldest bar in Inverness, established in 1841.

Ironworks – The Ironworks is a purpose built live music, event and conference venue in the heart of Inverness boasting state of the art equipment and a fully professional team dedicated to bringing Inverness the best in live music entertainment.