Excursions from Inverness
Which Inverness trips are suitable for a short break on 2 days? That's what we asked for before we left Inverness in Scotland, With its international airport and its location on the southern edge of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is perfect for a weekend getaway. Depending on the departure airport, the arrival and return journey may take one day. If you want to spend a long weekend in Scotland and get a taste of the Scottish Highlands, then this tour is a good start. By the way, too Autumn and winter a good travel time for Scotland.
Inverness excursions and sightseeing
The city of Inverness is not very big. It lies on the River Ness and its confluence with the Moray Firth. Inverness is the capital of the Highlands. We take half a day to see the city. Its city center is not too big, so you can get to know it on a walk. Inverness Castle, the center with its shops, Pubs and restaurants and we look at the churches on either side of the River Ness. Our time is just not enough for the botanical garden.
You can find a detailed description of our tour of Inverness under this link.
Top tours - Loch Ness and Urquardt Castle
Just a few miles from Inverness is Loch Ness. We do not believe in Nessie. Nevertheless, we want to see the fjord-like lake. Loch Ness has two sides. The quiet eastern shore with a narrow road, that runs along above the lake. The livelier west bank can be reached via a well-developed road. Here you can also find the departure points of the boats that are running on the lake. There are some small towns and attractions such as the castle ruins of Urquardt Castle, which can be reached both by boat and by bus.
We take a boat trip, that takes us from Clansman Harbor to the castle ruins of Urquardt Castle and back. Despite - or perhaps because of - the rainy weather, that prevails on this day, this ruin is very impressive. The clouds, that drift across the lake, give it a dramatic look. There are several tours, that are offered from Inverness to the castle ruins.
How we experienced them, we describe in this Inverness Post on Loch Ness, It also contains links for Inverness trips to Urquardt Castle.
From Inverness to Urquardt Castle
Various tours are available for this excursion:
- Loch Ness boat trip from Clansman Harbor to Urquardt Castle (two hours) *
- By bus and boat to Loch Ness and Urquardt Castle * (two and a half hours) *
- By bus and boat to Loch Ness, Urquardt Castle and the Loch Ness Center (four hours) *
- By boat from the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness and Urquardt Castle (four hours) *
- Day tour by bus to Loch Ness to Fort Augustus with optional boat trip to Urquardt Castle (seven hours) *
- Loch Ness and Highlands Tour (Nine Hours) *
That has to be in the suitcase
The weather in Inverness and Scotland is unpredictable. You can be lucky and have a few days with nice weather. But it can also be rainy and changeable. Therefore, it is better to prepare for your Inverness excursions with:
Hiking on the South Loch Ness Trail
We are not big hikers. Nevertheless, we do not want to miss to draw the hikers among you to the new hiking trail, which makes it possible to circumnavigate the lake. This is surely one of the Inverness excursions that will be remembered. Do you want the South Loch Ness Trail (Video) hike along its entire length, but you should plan a longer stay of 4-5 days. There is a lot to see and experience on its 112 km length. We only go a short section of the trail down to the Falls of Foyers. (Map)
You can stay cheap on a hike in the Highlands in so-called Bothies.
Tours for the adventurous
If you need an extra thrill, there are a few options at Loch Ness. You can see the region from the air while paragliding. It is also possible to explore the Loch Ness area by quad or mountain bike. Or you can take a speedboat ride on the lake.
Fishing for slow travelers
Fishing offers a more relaxed way to experience Loch Ness. With a little luck, you can catch salmon, trout, char, or pike out of the dark lake. Or do it like us and just enjoy the view of the lake from Dores Beach and watch the canoeists.
Tours for history lovers - castles around the city
Urquardt Castle is right on Loch Ness. Due to its changing owners in the wars of independence between England and Scotland in the Middle Ages, the castle is historically significant. During a visit, you will gain insights into the lives of people in the Middle Ages. Quite different, however, is the more distant Cawdor Castle. This castle is still inhabited today. However, its owners leave each summer for a few months and open their home for visitors. We were there to see the castle and its gardens.
Culloden, where the Jacobite revolt ended in 1745
Visit the battlefield of Culloden for a glimpse into one of the most tragic events in Scotland's history. Here the last battle between Catholic Jacobites and Protestant Englishmen took place. In the visitor center you learn to understand the events from the point of view of the two adversaries. It tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie, his glorious advance against the English and his final defeat on the battlefield of Culloden. It is very interesting, that you can follow the processes of this historical debate from the perspective of both sides in the visitor center. (Map)
Visit a whiskey distillery
Whiskey is possibly the national drink of Scotland. Whiskey distilleries open their doors to visitors in many places. There are some in the area of Inverness, too. Reason enough to include such a visit in our list of Inverness excursions. Take your time and get to know the popular drink of the Scots on a tour followed by a tasting. That is possible in the Glen Ord Distillery. We visited the Tomatin Distillery not far from Cawdor Castle. (Map)
Tomatin's history goes back to the 15th century, when cattle dealers and drovers purchased their whiskey from the distillery at Old Laird's House, which stood on the site of today's distillery. The Tomatin Destillery went bankrupt twice (1906 and 1985). Both times, however, it was reopened. The last time in 1986, when the Japanese investors Takara Shuzo Co. and Okara & Co extended the production capacity to 23 stills. Of these, twelve are used today. Above all, blended whiskeys are produced. Single malts make up only a small part of the production in the Tomatin distillery.
Organized tours to whiskey distilleries from Inverness
There are several airlines flying to Inverness. We traveled with KLM from Munich via Amsterdam to Scotland.
Excursions and sightseeing:
There are also numerous excursions and tours in and around Inverness * that you can book through Get Your Guide.
Hotels in and around Inverness * You can book here. We have the first two nights in the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness * spent the night. The third night we finally spent in Glenkirk B & B in Drumnadrochit *. Under Bed and Breakfast Inverness Scotland * You can book bed and breakfast in and around Inverness.
Source for the article Inverness Trips: own research on site.
We thank Visit Great Britain and Visit Inverness Loch Ness for the kind invitation to this Scotland trip. The Tourist Information Inverness helped us find interesting places for our Inverness Excursions in and around the city are actively supported. However, our opinion remains our own.
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