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  • A traditional music session taking place in the bar of Hootananny - a live music venue and public house
    Hootananny
  • A view of Inverness Castle from across the River Ness at night, Inverness city centre
    Inverness Castle across the River Ness, Inverness city centre
  • The Town House and other historic buildings on the High Street of Inverness
    The High Street, Inverness
  • A competitior tossing the caber at Inverness Highland Games
    A competitor tossing the caber at Inverness Highland Games
  • The ruins of Urquhart Castle on Strone Point as seen across the bay at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
    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.

Explore Inverness

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. 

Follow our Inverness itinerary

Attractions

Visit a range of attractions in Inverness including galleries, theatres and parks.

Explore Inverness Museum & Art Gallery to get hands-on with Scottish history: feel the weight of an Achavrail bronze amlet, learn Gaelic and wrap yourself up in an 18th century style Highland kilt.

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Places to eat

Lunch at the Kitchen, InvernessIn 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.

Eat out in Inverness

Nightlife

Enjoy a night out in Inverness with a drink in one of the traditional pubs or cocktail bars, at a music gig or watching a performance at Eden Court Theatre and Cinema. You could even take a spooky crime and punishment guided tour around town.

The Ironworks is a great purpose-built live music and event venue which regularly offers big name performances and local talent.

Shopping

Inverness boasts specialist and independent retailers in the historic Old Town and Victorian Market as well as popular high street names in the central Eastgate Centre.

Hit the city shops

Events

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.

Find out what's on in Inverness

Family things to do

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!

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History and heritage

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.

Explore historic Inverness

Nearby

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.

Explore more of Inverness, Nairn and Loch Ness

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