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Things to do in Inverness

Inverness is a cathedral city in the Scottish highlands. Approximately 5 hours away from Cairnryan port, it is considered to be the capital of the highlands. There are loads of things to do in Inverness.

This beautiful city is brimming with history. The city is between two historical battle sites; the 11th Century battle of Bair Nam Feinne and the 18th Century Battle of Culloden. And for those Shakespeare lovers among you Inverness was the home of King Duncan who was immortalised in the fictional play of Macbeth. 

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Things to do in Inverness

Things to do in Inverness

Historic castles of Inverness

There are some great castles for you to explore in the highlands including Inverness Castle. Its stunning red sandstone building overlooks the River Ness. The current castle was built in 1836, with the original castle being built in 1057. The castle view point is a great place to go if you want a 360 view of the city and its surrounding highlands. 


Urquahart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness is another popular location and is close to Inverness. Once upon a time it was one of Scotland’s largest castles and is known for holding a range of events throughout the year.

 
Castle at Inverness

Dolphin at Murray Firth in Inverness

Dolphin spotting

Head to Inverness Marina for your chance to see dolphins in their natural environment. Take a trip out to Beauly, Inverness and Moray firths on a guided tour for your best chance to see dolphins. 


If you love nature then this is definitely something that should be on your list of things to do in Inverness with the opportunity to also see seals, otters and a variety of birds and other wildlife. 
 

Outdoor activities

Based in the highlands Inverness lends itself perfectly to outdoor activities from walking, bike rides or canoeing. It is also a great place to go if you want to take your dog on holiday with you. Inverness has a range of pet-friendly accommodation options. 


Whether you’re interested in taking a walk around Dorres beach or getting a little further field to Nairn beach there are plenty of places you can let your dog of the lead to explore. Cairngorms National Park is also popular with dog owners and is only a 45 minute drive from Inverness. There are even dog-friendly restaurants close by. 

 
Dog friendly places in Inverness

If you love nature then this is definitely something that should be on your list of things to do in Inverness with the opportunity to also see seals, otters and a variety of birds and other wildlife.

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