Inverness Castle across the River Ness, Inverness city centre
The High Street, Inverness
A competitor tossing the caber at Inverness Highland Games
Urquhart Castle on Strone Point, Loch Ness
On a city break in Inverness you can experience both worlds - soak up the friendly atmosphere of a Scottish city and marvel at the stunning scenery of the Highlands.
The Highland capital of Inverness is a friendly, thriving city on the banks of the River Ness with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. This compact city is ideal for exploring on foot, and you can also easily access the surrounding countryside to see battlefields and iconic lochs.
In Inverness you can choose from a range of fine restaurants, including the Mustard Seed, which combines French and Scottish cuisine with imaginative flair, and charming cafés which offer the chance to taste the great local produce on offer here. Enjoy homebaking at one of the quirky tearooms or spend a night sat by the fire in one of the traditional Highland pubs.
These places to eat benefit from the wide range of delicious food and drink produced in the local area. From salmon, venison and game to cheese, beer and wine, there are a great range of products for restaurants, bars and cafés to use on their menus. Don’t forget to sample Scotland’s “uisge beatha” or “the water of life” – whisky – either in local bars or in one of the nearby distilleries where it is created.
As well as the great live music scene and performances at Eden Court Theatre, there are also a number of large-scale events in and around Inverness throughout the year. From traditional Highland games to the popular RockNess music festival, there is always something going on.
The attractions in and around Inverness cater for children and adults alike, with special events and child-friendly activities. Just outside the city they too can have a go at spotting the Loch Ness Monster, and holding fort at Urquhart Castle!
There have been many historic and tumultuous events in the history of Inverness and its surrounding country side, with the Culloden battle site, castles and remnants of the past, such as the Clava Cairns, all within easy reach of the city.
Why not extend your city break to Inverness and use the extra time to explore the surrounding area? You can go on a tour of the Moray Firth to see the local dolphins, take a coach tour down to Loch Ness or visit Culloden Battlefield.