Popular Things to do in Inverness, Scotland
If you have plans to travel to Inverness within the week or month, you might have already started your search for the best tourist attractions in the Scottish city. Luckily for you, Scotland’s northernmost city doesn’t run out of things to amuse visitors.
Thanks to direct flights from reputable airlines, such as Loganair, it only takes over an hour to access Inverness and its majestic scenery from cities such as Manchester, England. No doubt, anyone looking to have a much-needed outdoorsy break would find the city as a fantastic destination.
There’s a considerable amount of debate inside and outside Scotland over which represents the country best. Is it the vibrant city of Glasgow? The east cost’s cultured capital city of Edinburgh? Or maybe the home of the highlanders – the city of Inverness?
While it isn’t as popular as Edinburgh and Glasgow, it won’t be long before you start hearing everyone in the world say that they want to go to Inverness because of its stunning coast, abandoned castles, ancient legends, and rich highland history.
That being said, here are 5 of the things you can do in Inverness.
Leisure Strolling By The River Ness
Inbhir Nis is a Scottish Gaelic form, which means ‘Mouth of the River Ness,’ and it’s where the name of the city Inverness got derived from. So, if you have plans to explore the highlands capital, there’s no better way to do it than to start with the River Ness.
The shore situates most of the city’s main attractions, so you’ll pass by them as you take a leisure stroll by the banks of the River Ness.
You can also opt to walk upstream to reach the Ness islands, which you can find in the middle of the River Ness. It would be best to do it when the weather is fine, and it would take you an hour or two. As you take in and enjoy the river views, don’t forget to bring some snacks, or better, a book along with you to make your breaks worthwhile. There are also places along the route that you can stop to explore.
Wildlife also thrives in the Ness islands. It’s a natural park, so you might catch a glimpse of some of its animal inhabitants if you get lucky.
The Caledonian Canal is also worth the effort to explore. If you still have time, extend your walk or maybe rent a bicycle to reach it and do a full circuit around it.
Tour The Waters Of Loch Ness And Experience The Mystery Of Nessie
One of the most famous dinosaurs (at least it’s what they believe to be) in the world is Nessie, and it makes the loch as its home.
It was way back during the sixth century when a sighting of Nessie, the oldest resident of the water, got first reported. A clear shot of this mysterious monster didn’t surface, though, despite a host of hunters and even hoaxers following in her wake over the years.
It’s possible to tour the waters of Loch Ness on board cruises or boats. No doubt, the beauty of the north of Scotland has the loch as one of its prime examples. It’s not easy to shake the exciting yet heart-pounding feeling that there’s something under the water that stares back at you as you gaze into the deep and murky Loch Ness.
Photoshoot At The Inverness Castle’s External Grounds
If you’re familiar with ‘Macbeth,’ William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, then you would’ve already known about the Inverness Castle. It dates back to the eleventh century, sits on a clifftop that overlooks the River Ness, and of course, the most important information about it, it’s the location of King Duncan’s murder.
A succession of castles got built over the site of the Inverness Castle after King Rober I destroyed the original wood building. The Inverness Castle is a red-stone structure at present, built by architect William Burn in 1836.
The Inverness Castle houses the Sheriff court of the city, so they limit tourists to its external grounds only. Nevertheless, the beautiful views of the castle’s surroundings still make a good background for photoshoots and promo videos, making it worth visiting.
Learn About The Battle of Culloden
The Battle Of Culloden happened on the 16th of April in the year 1746. It was the last effort of the Jacobites to regain the British Throne for Stuart King James II.
You’ll have the chance to step into the past and understand the events leading to the fateful day of the Battle of Culloden through the interactive exhibitions in the battlefield’s center and museum. While you can enter the grounds for free, you’ll have to pay to get inside the center and museum and obtain a handheld audio guide that you’ll have to listen to while walking around Culloden.
It’ll only take 10 to 15 minutes to reach the Culloden Battlefield from Inverness by riding local buses.
Let The Eden Court Theatre Entertain You
The highlanders are always proud of their biggest entertainment venue – the Eden Court Theatre. From dance masterclasses, ballets, to musicals, it hosts many programs that you’ll surely enjoy.
Indie films, foreign language movies, and the latest blockbuster films also get shown in the cultural cinema. They also serve lunch and dinner once you get hungry.
The activities mentioned in this post are only some of the many things you can do when you reach Inverness. Of course, you can also go to the Old High St Stephen’s church, the Inverness museum and art gallery, Clava Cairns, and Leaky’s Bookshop, before ending the day by having a drink at Hootananny. Inverness is indeed a place worth visiting.