Explore Inverness & The Highlands
There’s a very good reason that the Highlands of Scotland have been written about for hundreds of years. It’s the same reason that the area has enticed famous visitors from Queen Victoria to Bob Dylan to explore Inverness. It’s because as a landscape, it can be as mysterious as it is beautiful. You can go from a bustling, cosmopolitan city to the middle of nowhere in minutes. And with a human history dating back thousands of years, you won’t be the first to fall in love with the area. Wildlife, buildings and perhaps even the odd monster makes the Scottish Highlands, especially around Inverness, a must-visit for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Touring Loch Ness
Loch Ness is a treasure trove of hidden surprises and popular tourist attractions. It also benefits from offering beautiful views, either from its shores or on a boat in the middle!
If you choose to explore Loch Ness from dry land, then an excellent resource is the Loch Ness 360° Trail. This offers ideas for how to get the most out of your visit to one of Scotland’s most popular lochs. Scattered around it are fascinating glimpses of the area’s past. These include the 2,000-year-old Corrimony Chambered Burial Cairn, Urquhart Castle and the Iron Age fort, Dun Dearduil. You can visit Fort Augustus at one end of the loch before heading back up towards Inverness at the other. There’s so much to see in between that you coils spend a whole week exploring and still have to come back for time after time. If you’d like to find out more here are some facts about Loch Ness.
Fancy taking a trip onto Loch Ness itself? There are companies which offer cruises along the loch, including Loch Ness by Jacobite and Cruise Loch Ness. These offer special views of the water and surrounding hills, and you might even catch some beautiful wildlife like bottle-nosed dolphins or – dare we say it – Nessie herself?!
Along the Caledonian Canal
The Highland Lassie sits berthed on the Caledonian Canal. This stretch of water links the east and west coasts of Scotland and was built in the 1800s. Cycling, walking or running alongside the canal is a most relaxing experience at any time of the year and we are a great base to explore Inverness from. However, there’s a lot to be said for just finding a nice spot to sit and letting the world pass you by for a while.
Start off at the Caledonian Canal Centre in Fort Augustus to learn all about the canal, and what you might see on and alongside it. There are plenty of trails you can explore which will take you into the heart of Scotland. Hiring a boat is also easy, giving you a wonderful vantage point to see this area of Scotland.
Explore Inverness & Beyond
If you fancy some city sightseeing, Inverness is nearby. It offers everything you would expect from a major city, including pubs, restaurants, shops and parks. Flowing through it is the River Ness, another terrific place to walk and enjoy the views. It’s also worth stopping at the Ness Islands, right in the middle of the river, for some wonderful scenery and calm sounds. It’s also possible to do some fishing here, and the river is renowned for its salmon pools. Permits are available to visitors at a reasonable fee.
Inverness is a city that is buzzing all year round – even in winter! At this time, you can enjoy the Inverness Film Festival in November, and you’ll find plenty of seasonal cheer with markets and pantomimes throughout December. Inverness holidays can happen all year round!
There’s so much to do when you explore Inverness and the Scottish Highlands. It is tricky narrowing down what to see and experience then you are here, but one thing’s for sure – you’ll never be bored!