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Discover Inverness Scotland attractions - one of the Things to do in Inverness Scotland
Discover Inverness Scotland attractions - one of the Things to do in Inverness Scotland

Things to do in Inverness Scotland

We want the Point of Interest & Sights from Inverness Discover Scotland. We are accompanied by a real Scot. Cameron knows the city well since he lives there. He also shows them to guests from all over the world. He is obviously very well known in his city. Not only that people from the city greet him constantly and shake his hand. No, even overseas visitors react enthusiastically when they see him. "You are THE Cameron? Wow! I did not expect to see you in person, ”says one of his fans, who apparently just came from the United States. No wonder! Cameron stands out. Because he proudly wears his kilt on drizzle this September morning. A Scot, as it is in the book.

An Inverness Scotland vacation is Nessie and more

Inverness Scotland was the starting point of our journey to Loch Ness Scotland. However, the city is interesting not only because of the legends of Nessie. It is also the largest city in the Scottish Highlands. It is located on the Moray Firth. This is a bay that reaches from the North Sea inland. The River Ness flows into it. With daily average temperatures ranging from 4 to 14 degrees Celsius year-round, the climate is warm and temperate. Snow is rare. However, precipitation is high even during the driest month in April. You can tell by the vegetation. The almost 47.000 residents of the city appreciate this. Visitors also enjoy this climate for travel to the region throughout the year. There are many things to do in Inverness Scotland yearround.

Loch Ness tour

A stroll through Inverness Scotland

Inverness Castle towers over the city - one of the Things to do in Inverness Scotland

We begin our tour of Inverness at

Inverness Castle


Inverness Castle is perched on a hill overlooking the River Ness. Today it houses the Sheriff's Court of Inverness. However, there are plans to open the castle to the public. So far, only the North Tower as a lookout tower and the parks are accessible. From here you have a good view of the river and the city.

The Castle and Macbeth

The castle, as it stands today, was created 1836. Before that, however, there were other castles and palaces that stood at this point from 1057. Malcolm III. built the first castle, after Macbeth killed his father Duncan I in a castle about a mile from here.

One of the castles in the region
Inverness Castle - one of the Things to do in Inverness Scotland

Mary Stuart and the Castle

The castle also played a role in the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of the Scots. She visited the castle in the year 1562. However, she found the gates locked. This was done by order of George Gordon, the Fourth Earl of Huntly. Only when the clans of Munros and Frasers flocked to the queen, the tide turned. They besieged the castle and finally conquered it after three days. Mary spent four nights at the castle and then moved on with her train. Alexander Gordon, who had denied her access, was executed for treason.

From the castle our way leads past the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery to High Street. The Town House , the city administration (Map ), is located on the corner of High St., Castle Wynd.

We follow Church Street and pass by Hootananny (Map ), a pub that plays live music in the evenings.

Our guide Cameron
He shows us the sights of Inverness Scotland - Our guide Cameron in the cemetery of the Old High Church

We turn off to the cemetery at the

Old High Church


It is one of the churches in Inverness. This church is noteworthy, because its pulpit is located between the two entrances, not - as usual - in the front part of the building. Look for graves in the cemetery, whose grave stones are damaged. These are the graves of people, who have done something wrong during their lifetime, for which they have not been held accountable. In Inverness Scotland they make sure, that you will not find eternal peace.

What to Pack for a Scotland vacation?

  • Rain jacket for women - Which is the best, you can read here
  • Wax jacket for men - Waterproof and windproof wax jackets are well suited as rainwear in Scotland. It's best to do it like the Scots and pack one in your suitcase.
  • The Umbrella * - Such an umbrelly should be strong and handy, because wind and rain are common in Scotland.
  • Rainproof shoes for women - Do you want to Scotland Hiking, rainproof shoes are essential.
  • The backpackin which you can store the utensils you need for a day trip.
  • Check with our Hiking checklistwhether you have packed everything you need for a hike.
  • Scotland travel guide * - In Europe we rarely travel without the travel guides of Michael Müller.

At the back of the church we reach the shore of the River Ness. There the

Bouncing Bridge

branches off across the river. Map

It's also called the Greig Street Bridge. Its nickname is well picked. The closer we get to the center of the bridge, the more we feel the swinging of the bridge.

Inverness Book hotel here *


Our guide Cameron - a bitch - tells us the story of St. Columba, who is said to have been the only one to have seen the Loch Ness monster in 565. The monk, who came to the region from Ireland to convert the Picts, watched the monster try to devour one of them as he swam across the River Ness. He struck the sign of the cross and instructed the monster: "You will not move any further and you will not touch this man. Back off immediately. ”The monster ostensibly obeyed and continued swimming into Loch Ness. "Who knows, maybe things are still going on there today - or something?" Says Cameron with a wink.

On the other bank of the river, we turn left. We pass the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Center(Map ), where you can inform yourself about the craft of kilt makers. From there our way leads to Strathness House(Map ). The Beatles stayed in this hotel at the beginning of the 1960s. It is said, that they wrote one of their songs here. On the other side of the road is

St Andrews Cathedral
St Andrews Cathedral in Inverness - one of the Things to do in Inverness Scotland

St. Andrew's Cathedral


The cathedral was inaugurated 1869. It was built at the instigation of Bishop Robert Eden and was built according to plans by Alexander Ross. Worth seeing is the church interior, which impresses visitors with its light effects. The Episcopal Church offers services. Several times a year they take place in Gaelic. Since 2017, the Scottish Episcopal Church offers ecclesial marriage to homosexuals.

St Andrews Cathedral interior
St Andrews Cathedral Interior in Inverness

Our way leads us back to Ness Bridge, where we reach the city center. In time for a lunch break in the

Pork belly on pumpkin puree with red wine sauce
Pork belly on pumpkin puree with red wine sauce

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a pub restaurant where we enjoy our lunch: pork belly on pumpkin puree in a red wine sauce. Thus we are strengthened for explorations at the Loch Ness in Scotland and Urquart Castle and Inverness. If you have more about scottish food and drink want to find out, you can find a blog post about it here.

You get a good impression of the Inverness attractions in this movie. Follow us on our Inverness Walking Tour in Petar's Video:

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Inverness Stone Circle

The city would not be in Scotland, there wouldn’t be a stone circle near them. He is even one who made it into Diana Gabaldon's novel “Outlander”. In the film adaptation of the novel, he achieved film fame. The stone circle Inverness with the split stone is almost 20 kilometers outside the city and is signposted. From Inverness, you can take a tour of the locations of the Highland saga. Destinations.ch shows you where you are in the region in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire explore. If you want to read the story of Jamie and Claire, you will find them in the Outlander saga by Diana Gabaldon*. information about Stone circles in Scotland and near Inverness here.

Outlander attractions near Inverness Scotland

Learn the Inverness attractions from the Outlander novels on one Outlander Day Tour * know. You will learn more about the stone circle of Clava Cairns and the inspiration for the Outlander novels.

  If you want to know more about the history of the region, visit the Visitor Center of the Culloden Battlefield. Corinne from Reflections Enroute presents this in detail on her blog.

Travel organization:

Getting there

Inverness has its own airport.

Rent a car at the airport:

You can rent a car at Inverness Airport Inverness Car Rental *.

Accommodation :

Hotels in and around Inverness * You can book here. We have in Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness * spent the night. The third night we spent in Glenkirk B & B in Drumnadrochit *. Under Bed and Breakfast Inverness Scotland * You can book bed and breakfast in and around Inverness.

Budget accommodation for an Inverness Scotland vacation:

Inverness Hostel *

Inverness Guest House *

Travel Guides

Travel Guide for Scotland * you can order at Amazon.


Find information about current events in Inverness on this website.

Excursions from Inverness Scotland

You can get local information for your Inverness Scotland vacation at

Tourist Information

36 High Street,

Inverness Scotland attractions

The sights in and around Inverness make the city a vacation destination for an Inverness Scotland vacation or for a long weekend break. For an Inverness vacation we recommend these attractions:

Inverness Scotland holidays
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Other cities in Scotland for slow travel Scotland Travel can be found at these links. Travel Tips for Scotland you find here. discover Attractions here.

Source for the article Inverness Scotland vacation: own research on site.

We thank Visit Great Britain and Visit Inverness Loch Ness for inviting us to this Inverness Scotland vacation. The Tourist Information Inverness supported us in our search for places for an Inverness holiday in and around the city. However, our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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  1. Christian
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    A great report! Unfortunately, I only saw Inverness passing through one evening and would have liked to explore more there. :)

    Greetings from Vienna

    • Monika
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      Hello Christian,

      we know that well. Often one sees only locally that one would like to have had more time for a city or a region. For us that usually means that we go back to explore the area more intensively. Inverness and Loch Ness are perfect for a weekend getaway. In three to four days in the region you can get to know them very well.

      Best regards,

  2. Silja
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    As always a very nice article! I also liked Inverness, but unfortunately I failed to pay a visit to St. Andrew's Cathedral. I would definitely catch up with that next time.

    • Monika
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      Dear Silja,

      Thank you very much for the nice comment. I am very happy if you like our articles. In St. Andrew's Cathedral I especially liked how to play there with the different colors of light. That's very impressive, I think.

      Best regards,

  3. Claudia
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    Hello Monika, hello Petar, nice that we met yesterday, so to speak, in my extended home. What can I say, I've never been to Scotland. it's been a long time already on the plan. Thanks for the great inspiration, make you want more.
    See you soon, Claudia

    • Monika
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      Liebe Claudia,

      that made us happy. Would be nice if it works more often. We don't “know” Scotland yet. We went for a short trip to Inverness and Loch Ness. But that already impressed us very much. A fascinating landscape and a pretty small town. But at the same time the largest city in Scotland. There is sure to be more to discover.

      Best regards,

  4. Catherine
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    Hi monika,

    unfortunately I have never made it to Scotland. But it is - like so many goals - on the travel wishlist. Inverness seems to me to be a nice town with crazy weather. Would be an idea for April. Could I celebrate my birthday in Scotland ;-)


    • Monika
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      Hello Katharina,

      Well, the weather in Inverness is not that crazy. It is just maritime climate in a temperate zone, so relatively mild temperatures and rainfall. But that's what you expect in Scotland, right?

      Best regards,

  5. Kathi
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    Dear Monika,

    Inverness is in my opinion one of the most beautiful cities in Scotland, where a visit is always worthwhile. We were traveling by car and when I saw the city from afar, I fell in love with her. Thank you for rousing this reminder once again. :)

    Many greetings

    • Monika
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      Dear Kathi,

      Since I do not have a comparison so far - Inverness is the first and only city in Scotland that I know - it is difficult to say if there are more beautiful ones. But I found her very nice. The location on the River Ness makes a lot of. Thank you for your comment.

      Best regards,

  6. Sabine
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    I've heard about Inverness before in connection with whiskey. There should be some distilleries there. In the weather you can sometimes need a sun-yellow drink ... although I do not like any whiskey. Maybe I would try it on the spot and drink my courage for the Loch Ness ;-)
    Best regards

    • Monika
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      Liebe Sabine

      haha, do not need courage to visit Loch Ness. Nessie hides well :). I also always thought Scottish whiskey did not taste good. But our visit has taught me a lesson. A report will follow.

      Best regards,

  7. Kuno
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    I am always fascinated by the architecture of the old churches. The Friehöfe have something mystical somehow. I would also love to see Loch Ness, especially since it is so full of legends. And now I know what else I can do;)
    Best regards,

    • Monika
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      Hello Kuno,

      Church architecture is also fascinating. Amazing what has been built over the centuries worldwide. Loch Ness, Inverness and its surroundings offer even more. There will be more reports on the blog soon.

      Best regards,

  8. Anne
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    A wonderful report that brought me closer to this region.
    The ritual with the tombstones I found interesting. As the question arises to me, who has made this to disturb the eternal peace ??

    • Monika
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      Dear Anne,

      I can not tell you who that was with the gravestones. But I do not think that those were the community leaders. These were probably more people who were affected.

      Best regards,

  9. Julia
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    Nice pictures and great impressions !! But one question burns under my nails: How can you speak of "warm" all year round at average temperatures of 4 to 14 degrees? :O

    Ironically, that of all the capricious April is the driest month there. A bit wrong world - but in front of a breathtaking backdrop, as you can see in your pictures very well.

    • Monika
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      Dear Julia,

      haha, I thought that there will be any questions. These are average temperatures. Temperatures of 25 ° and higher can be reached in summer. In winter, on the other hand, the thermometer rarely sinks below freezing. Snow hardly falls. The vegetation in Inverness is therefore surprisingly diverse. In airconditioning one speaks there of temperate climate. April is funny too. But as you say, a little twisted world is that already :).

      Best regards,

  10. sandra
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    Very nice, I'm in Inverness from next week and some people already warned me that it was rather boring ... Your guide speaks another language and I'm looking forward to it!

    • Monika & Petar
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      Dear Sandra,

      it depends on how long you are in Inverness. There is also a lot to see in the area. In the city alone, you will probably soon run out of “interesting” things. But it's also worth exploring the area. There is a lot to discover.

      Best regards,

  11. Shadowlight
    | Reply

    Oh, I love Scotland! It is so beautiful there.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello, dear Jenny,

      We agree with you absolutely. This was our first time in Scotland and we are thrilled. Although our trip was short, we have already gotten an idea of ​​what Scotland has to offer. We hope to be back soon.

      Best regards,

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