Inverness Castle

Inverness Attractions

Get ready for an unforgettable day trip to the historic Highland capital of Inverness, just a short 10-minute drive from Ness Side Estate.

Immerse yourself in the charming market town that still retains its traditional feel, while being packed to the brim with exciting activities and sights to see.

Experience the breathtaking Highland scenery made famous by the hit TV show Outlander, with majestic mountains and iconic castles at every turn. And of course, no trip to Inverness would be complete without trying to catch a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness monster!

But that's not all - the capital of the Highlands offers a plethora of unique experiences and attractions, from spotting playful dolphins to visiting world-renowned distilleries and uncovering hidden gems that only the locals know about. Not sure where to start? Let our guide lead you on an epic adventure through this enchanting city, and discover the best tourist attractions in Inverness!

Inverness Castle

Behold the crown jewel of Inverness - the iconic castle that has stood the test of time! Once destroyed by the Jacobites after the legendary Battle of Culloden, this masterpiece was rebuilt to its former glory in the 19th century.

Get ready to step back in time as you explore the castle grounds and uncover the secrets of its rich history. Climb to the top of the North Tower and prepare to be amazed by the stunning panoramic view of the city that lies before you.

Leakey's Bookshop

Bookworms listen up! If you're looking for a literary haven, then Leakey's Bookshop is an absolute must-visit destination. With over 100,000 titles crammed into its cosy interior, this is the ultimate treasure trove for book-lovers.

Warm yourself by the fire as you peruse the vast collection of secondhand books, maps, and prints. It's the perfect spot to escape the changeable weather and discover a hidden gem that will keep you company as you settle down in your accommodation for the evening.

But that's not all! Leakey's isn't just a bookstore - it's a unique, stunning landmark that is guaranteed to fill your social media feed with envy-inducing photos. This family-owned business has been around since 1979 and is steeped in history and culture, making it an incredibly fascinating place to explore.

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

Get ready to be wowed as you learn about the Highland's incredible past, people, and environment. This family-friendly attraction sits at the bottom of Castle Hill in Inverness, making it the perfect spot to explore after a day of castle-climbing.

You won't believe your eyes as you explore the vast collection of Jacobite artifacts, ancient silverware, Highland weapons, and so much more. It's like stepping back in time and immersing yourself in the rich culture of the Scottish highlands. Put on your best walking shoes and get ready to explore this amazing museum and art gallery. 

Victorian Market

A destination that's sure to make your tastebuds tingle! This incredible spot showcases the finest wares from across the Scottish Highlands, giving you a chance to discover world-class produce like never before.

But that's not all - there's an exciting new addition that's sure to blow your mind! At the centre of the market, you'll find a brand-new food hall that showcases the very best local produce and food businesses. You won't believe your eyes as you sample the tantalising treats and experience the thrill of adventure with each bite.

Loch Ness

Loch Ness is a popular and amazing free attraction with breathtaking views and great walking trails. On the north side of the Loch, explore the Abriachan Forest trails for incredible views of the water and Great Glen. For the more adventurous, hike up Meall Fuar Mhonaidh, the tallest peak by the Loch.

Famous for being the legendary home of the Loch Ness monster, this 23-mile lake is surrounded by beautiful landscapes. While some come for the dramatic scenery, others come for the mystery of Nessie, the creature of the deep that people have claimed to see for centuries. Take a boat tour or enjoy the stunning views with a picnic at Change House viewpoint and picnic area.

If you've never been before, it's definitely worth the adventure.