The Memorial Cairn at Culloden Battlefield


Experience Inverness in One Day

Small but mighty, Inverness is quickly becoming a popular city break destination for visitors from around the world. Experience some of the best attractions Inverness has to offer with this one day itinerary. From art galleries and museums to food & drink, Inverness has it all!


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In and around Inverness


Culloden Battlefield, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Clava Cairns, River Ness & Ness Islands and Inverness Botanic Gardens

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Day 1



Small but mighty, Inverness is quickly becoming a popular city break destination to visitors from around the world. Experience the best of Inverness in one day with this fun-filled itinerary. From a historic battlefield to dining out, plan a day trip now.

Culloden Battlefield

A prominent location during the Jacobite Rising in 1745. Head to the Battle of Culloden Visitor Centre and feel like you are right at the very heart of the action as you immerse yourself in the 360-degree immersion theatre experience. Discover the unfolding story of the Jacobite Rising as you learn more about the Jacobite and Government perspectives with unique artefacts on display around the museum on the series of events that occurred. Make sure to pop into the gift shop and take a small piece of history home with you ranging from the flowers of the Battlefield to Culloden whisky.

Duration of stay: 3 Hours

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

History buffs are in for a treat when they step inside the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Spend a few hours taking a look round its fascinating range of artefacts and collections that celebrate the very best of Highland life and its heritage.

Duration of stay: 2 Hours

Clava Cairns

Stop en-route to Clava Cairns. Take a wander around this Bronze Age cemetery where you will come across graves dating back as far as 2000 BC where you will have a fantastic insight to the Highlands remarkable history.

Duration of stay: 25 Minutes

River Ness & Ness Islands

Make the most of your one day in Inverness by heading to the River Ness and Islands. Make sure to pack your hiking boots as the area offers a range of challenging walking routes, perfect for the keen adventurer! If you don’t want to walk for miles and want to take things at an easier pace, there are many short walks to be enjoyed including the Inverness City Centre to the Ness Islands, a group of islands located in the middle of the River Ness each connected with suspension bridges to get from A to B. Fancy making the most out of your time here? The Ness Islands is a key spot for runners with its endless pathways and natural surroundings.

Duration of stay: 30 Minutes

Inverness Botanic Gardens

You might want to escape the busy bustle of the city centre but peace and tranquillity can never be found too far away at the Inverness Botanic Gardens. From exotic plants and trees to cactus houses, the gardens create the perfect little oasis for you to chill out!

Duration of stay: 1.5 Hours

Dining Out & Nightlife

After a long day of exploring the city, there is nothing better than sitting down while tucking into a delicious meal. Just 10 miles outside of Inverness is Dores Inn, situated along the banks of Loch Ness. Choose from a wide range of mouth-watering dishes and, with its traditional furnishings and wood-burning stove, it is sure to set the right ambience for the evening. Another scenic location that might take your fancy is the River House Restaurant. You certainly won’t go hungry here with the restaurant’s extensive food & drink menu. Working with local suppliers, you can always expect high quality dishes that will certainly go down a treat. For starters, why not opt for the pan-seared Isle of Harris scallops or Orkney crab on toast and for mains, sink your teeth into a tasty 28-day matured Scottish ribeye – simply delicious! Enjoy a night on the town! Inverness is certainly the place to be to let your hair down! Bar One is a great find if you are looking to try a delicious cocktail or two while you lap up its lively atmosphere. Watch the world go by at the Castle Tavern. Sample some of the best ales and meals on offer and when the weather is nice, make sure to soak up those rays in the beer garden. If you’re partial to sipping away on a craft beer, then look no further than the Black Isle Brewery Bar. Why not sink your teeth into one of their delicious wood-fired pizzas to go along with your meal?