Due to its central location and good road, rail and air connections, Inverness provides an excellent base from which to explore the Highlands of Scotland. Awarded city status in 2000, Inverness is the administrative centre of the Highlands and offers a wide range of holiday options. Whether your looking for a quiet break, an activity holiday, a little culture or family fun you're sure to find something of interest in the area.
Attractions in Inverness itself include its museum and art gallery, Inverness Castle (with the Castle Garrison Encounter Exhibition) and St. Andrew's Cathedral, built in the 1860's. The town has many attractive stone buildings, many built in the 16th and 17th centuries.
At the James Pringle Weavers Clan Tartan Centre you can watch garments being made before visiting their shop to buy a pullover or kilt.
Loch Ness, famous for its legendary monster is to the south of Inverness. The loch is twenty four miles long and, if you want to go monster spotting, its banks can be explored by car, cycle or by taking a coach tour. A trip around Loch Ness will take you to many interesting tourist locations including a choice of two Loch Ness exhibition centres at Drumnadrochit, the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle and the village of Fort Augustus.
To the east of Inverness is the pretty village of Cawdor with its castle and the seaside resort of Nairn, boasting long sandy beaches.
Inverness Tourist AttractionsJames Pringle Weavers of Inverness Dores Road, Inverness
Features a "Story of Tartan" exhibition showing you the history of weaving and the manufacturing process and offers you the chance to weave your own cloth. The Mill Shop has a great range of tartans and knitwear souvenirs.
Tel: 01463 223311
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery Next to the castle, Inverness
Features both permanent and temporary displays of archaeology, art, natural and local history; plus children's workshops. Free admission.
Tel: 01463 237114
Inverness Castle Inverness
Originally the site of an 11th Century timber castle, the present 19th Century building is used as the Sheriff Court. The Castle Garrison Encounter is housed in the Drum Tower of the castle and is open during the summer.
Tel: 01463 243 363
Urquhart Castle Two miles south of Drumnadrochit
Attractive castle ruins situated on the shore of Loch Ness. Offers great views of the loch.
Tel: 0131 6688800
The Official Loch Ness 2000 Monster Exhibition Centre/Original Loch Ness Monster Visitor Centre Drumnadrochit
These are two separate exhibitions, both in the town of Drumnadrochit 15 miles from Inverness. Loch Ness 2000 is the Highlands most popular visitor attraction.
Both open all year. Official Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Tel: 01456 450573. Original Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre Tel: 01456 450342
Culloden Moor Visitors Centre 5 miles east of Inverness
Learn all about the history and events at Culloden Moor and walk the famous historic battlefield.
Tel: 01463 790607
Dolphins And Seals Of The Moray Firth Visitor Centre North Kessock, Inverness
Offers a magnificent view of the Moray Firth and the chance to observe the seals and dolphins. Learn about the marine environment of the seals and dolphins and the impact of human activities on that environment.
Tel: 01463 731866
Inverness Tourist Information CentresInverness Tourist Information Centre
Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3BJ. Tel: 01463 234353
North Kessock Tourist Information Centre
Picnic Site, North Kessock, Ross-shire, IV1 1XB. Tel: 01463 731505
Nairn Tourist Information Centre
62 King Street, Nairn, Inverness-shire, IV12 4DN. Tel: 01667 452753
Fort Augustus Tourist Information Centre
Car Park, Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire, PH32 4DD. Tel: 01320 366367