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Three days is plenty of time to get to know Inverness and it's surrounding countryside. (Plus, this guide also includes the option of getting a glimpse of the magnificent west coast on a day trip from Inverness.) There should be something to suit everyone here, and, most importantly for a trip to Scotland, something to enjoy whatever the weather!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

13 Places

5 City Tips

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13 Places

Day 1

Velocity Cafe & Bicycle Workshop

Restaurants

Castle Gallery

Art Galleries

River Ness

Bodies of Water

Eden Court Theatre

Theatres

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

History Museums

Old High St Stephen's Church

Churches & Cathedrals

Hootananny

Bars & Clubs

Day 2

Culloden Battlefield

Battlefields, Historic Sites, Visitor Centres, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Loch Ness

Bodies of Water, Mysterious Sites

Nairn

Destinations

Mustard Seed Restaurant

Restaurants

Day 3

Kyle Line (Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh)

Scenic Railroads

Kool Runnings Inverness

Restaurants

kezban's City Tips

  • Inverness is small enough to walk around easily; hiring a bike and cycling is another good option.
  • There are some great restaurants in Inverness and many of them do very good deals at lunchtime, and pre-theatre set meals (normally 6-7pm).
  • Tipping isn't compulsory in the UK, but 10% is customary if you are happy with the service.
  • There is a good, cheap bus service whose day tickets allow you to explore attractions within/close to town easily. Trains will take you a bit further afield.
  • Inverness is a very relaxed city and you will be welcome almost everywhere in very casual clothes. The emphasis for most people is on dressing for the weather! Having said that, if you want to dress up that is OK too!
    Day 1
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    Velocity Cafe & Bicycle Workshop
    Restaurants (Cafe, British)
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    kezban Says:

    Start your first day here with lovely food, very friendly staff and a big communal table – which makes it easy to get chatting to people if you are travelling on your own.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Make sure you leave room for cake (even if it is breakfast time!) as they have a great selection, including gluten free options.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 233 restaurants in Inverness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best breakfast in town 18/07/2018
    • Social bike ride 25/06/2018
    • Velocity Cafe & Bicycle Workshop
    Address:
    1 Crown Avenue
    Inverness
    Inverness IV2 3NF
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 419956
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Mon - Wed
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Thu
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Fri
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Castle Gallery
    Art Galleries
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    kezban Says:

    A great place to buy works directly from a Scottish artist. There are items to suit every taste and every budget here. Beware though – it's the kind of place that you go in to buy a present for someone else, and come out with two more for yourself!

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • This place is a two-minute stroll from the Castle or the city Art Gallery.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 96 things to do in Inverness
    • easy choice for super presents 02/04/2018
    • Eclectic gallery 26/09/2017
    • Castle Gallery
    Address:
    43 Castle Street
    Inverness IV2 3DU
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 729512
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    River Ness
    Bodies of Water
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    kezban Says:

    You won't be able to miss the River Ness, however it would be easy to miss the islands if you didn't know where to look! Approaching the river from Bridge Street, follow the river south for about 3/4 of a mile until you see footpath signs for the Great Glen Way. Continue to follow these and you'll enjoy a nice stroll to the other side of the river via the islands. This is a short, but beautiful walk, with plenty of places to sit and contemplate along the way.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In December the walk is lit up with Christmas lights.
    • If it's a nice day, take a book. There are plenty of places to sit, read, and enjoy the river views.
    • If you are feeling energetic you can continue to follow the Great Glen Way to the Canal, and up to Dunain Hill for great views over the city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 96 things to do in Inverness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great walks and places to sit 16/07/2018
    • Gorgeous River 09/07/2018
    • River Ness
    Phone:
    +44 1456 450551
    Other:
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    Eden Court Theatre
    Theatres
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    kezban Says:

    A great place to enjoy a film or a show in much more comfortable, and intimate surroundings than a typical bigger city venue, Eden Court is also a great spot for a light lunch, or coffee and cake. It often hosts art exhibitions as well as craft fairs, so be sure to check out what's on while you're there.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • It's worth booking ahead for shows, and even films, as the venue is quite small and very popular.
    • If driving, there is parking in the Cathedral car park next door.
    • This would make a great stop for lunch between a walk on Ness Islands and heading into town to explore.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 96 things to do in Inverness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A huge variety of culturally relevant entertainments 10/07/2018
    • Sunshine on Leith 07/07/2018
    • Eden Court Theatre
    Address:
    Eden Court Theatre Bishops Road
    Inverness IV3 5SA
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 234234
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
    History Museums
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    kezban Says:

    A great little museum which will give you a nice introduction to Highland history, this place also houses a surprisingly good art collection.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • An easy walk from the river, so would fit perfectly into the afternoon of a city tour.
    • If you are interested in photography, make an appointment to view the Highland photo archive which is housed here.
    • You can also get to know the highland wildlife here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 96 things to do in Inverness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free admittance for a great history of the region 22/07/2018
    • Don’t Miss the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery 17/07/2018
    • Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
    Address:
    Castle Wynd
    Inverness
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 237114
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Old High St Stephen's Church
    Churches & Cathedrals
    kezban Says:

    A much quieter, more relaxed atmosphere than the Cathedral, this church has a fascinating history, with links to the Battle of Culloden. It's worth allowing a bit of time here if you are keen on history, and if you want to learn more, why not search for a history book in the second hand book shop opposite.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • This church is well known for its choir and its beautiful old organ.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 96 things to do in Inverness
    • beautiful architecture 17/07/2018
    • Interesting and beautiful 29/06/2018
    • Old High St Stephen's Church
    Address:
    Church Street
    Inverness IV1 1EY
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 250802
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Mon
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Mon - Fri
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Hootananny
    Bars & Clubs
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    kezban Says:

    The place to drink and dance the night away in Inverness! At Hootananny there is a great beer and whisky selection, and you cannot help but make new friends. As well as planned events, you may be lucky enough to encounter local musicians having an informal jam session here!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If there is a ceilidh on when you visit, wear comfortable shoes: You won't sit down much!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 18 Nightlife in Inverness
    • Great Music 11/07/2018
    • Loved it great food 15/06/2018
    • Hootananny
    Address:
    67 Church Street
    Inverness IV1 1ES
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 233651
    Hours:
    Sun
    4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Culloden Battlefield
    Battlefields, Historic Sites, Visitor Centres, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    kezban Says:

    Culloden Battlefield is one of the most important places in Scottish history. It's managed by the National Trust of Scotland and has a very informative visitor centre which provides all the information you need to really appreciate the site.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you are visiting a few National Trust properties, it is well worth getting an annual membership. You will quickly save money.
    • If you drive or cycle out here, take a short detour to see the Culloden viaduct. Make sure your bike has the gears to get you back up the hill (and good brakes for the descent!).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Culloden Moor
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Comprehensively explained 22/07/2018
    • Well done 22/07/2018
    • Culloden Battlefield
    Address:
    Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
    Culloden Moor IV2 5EU
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 796090
    Other:
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    Loch Ness
    Bodies of Water, Mysterious Sites
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    kezban Says:

    You can’t come to Inverness and not go to Loch Ness, even if you don't believe in the monster. Rather than driving along the A82 however, the best way to explore the area up-close is by boat: Even the longest return trip up to Urquart Castle will only take half a day, leaving you plenty of time for more exploration, or shopping in the afternoon.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Boat trips leave from various points around Inverness. You could combine this with a walk across the Ness islands to the canal, from where you can join a trip.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Loch Ness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Overrated 17/07/2018
    • Nice Stop 17/07/2018
    • Loch Ness
    Phone:
    +44 1463 233999
    Other:
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    Nairn
    Destinations
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    kezban Says:

    Nairn is well worth a visit if you like beaches and want to escape the urban environment for a while. The East beach in particular is a fine example of Scotland's huge, white sandy beaches, and you can walk for miles along the shore and into Culbin forest on easy to follow trails. It may not be the best beach in Scotland, but that's only because the national standard is so high!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Trains and buses go to Nairn from Inverness. If you have a car, it's a 30-minute drive.
    • Nairn has some nice cafes too.
    • If you are travelling with children, the West beach has more facilities while still being beautiful.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Nairn
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    Mustard Seed Restaurant
    Restaurants (European, British, Scottish)
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    kezban Says:

    Wonderful food in a beautiful building is what you can expect at Mustard Seed. This place feels much more expensive than it is and the staff add to the atmosphere with their relaxed but very professional manner. A great place for a special lunch, or a romantic dinner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The lunch and pre-theatre set menus are very good value.
    • Dressing up isn't mandatory but recommended here.
    • Book ahead.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 233 restaurants in Inverness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good food 22/07/2018
    • Tasty and Fun 20/07/2018
    • Mustard Seed Restaurant
    Address:
    16 Fraser Street
    Inverness IV1 1DW
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 220220
    Price range:
    US$55 - US$55
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Kyle Line (Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh)
    Scenic Railroads
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    kezban Says:

    Let the train whisk you off for a relaxing day, following one of the most scenic railway lines in the UK. The route to Kyle of Lochalsh from Inverness travels across miles of open moorland, before skirting the side of Loch Carron and finally reaching the idyllic west coast village of Plockton. My tip would be to get off here and have lunch in one the excellent pubs on the waterfront, but if you prefer, stay on until the end of the line and have fish and chips in Kyle of Lochalsh with a view over the water to Skye.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The seafood is great on the west coast.
    • Trains in the UK are cheaper if booked ahead. 24hrs makes a small difference in price, but if you can book a couple of weeks ahead then it will be much cheaper.
    • This is one of very few railway lines to operate request stops – handy for walkers!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dingwell to Kyle of Lochalsh 15/07/2018
    • TRIP OF A LIFETIME 08/07/2018
    • Kyle Line (Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh)
    Address:
    Station Yard
    Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8AQ
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 7770 747679
    Other:
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    Kool Runnings Inverness
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Jamaican)
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    kezban Says:

    A friendly cafe serving a fusion of Caribbean Scottish food - a combination not found in many places – Kool Runnings is a unique and casual dinner spot.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Jerk chicken is amazing. A huge portion of tender and very tasty chicken.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 233 restaurants in Inverness
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent Veg Menu - Really Great Food 19/07/2018
    • Worst Jamaican I've had 15/07/2018
    • Kool Runnings Inverness
    Address:
    14 Church Street
    Inverness IV1 1EA
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1463 230856
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$22
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
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