Top 5 Things To Do in Inverness

They Say Great Things Come in Small Packages

Nestled within the Scottish Highlands surrounded by stretches of green scenery, mythical Lochs and momentous peaks, Inverness – although small in size – is home to an abundance of culture, history and outdoor activities.

Whether you are a history buff, avid explorer, nature lover or foodie the capital of the Highlands has something to offer to make your trip one to remember.

We have compiled a list of a few must see and do highlights to help you plan your Highland adventure.  

Urquhart Castle

Take a scenic drive along the banks of Loch Ness to Scotland’s most visited castle. Tour the ruins to learn about some of the most dramatic chapters of Scotland’s history.

Urquhart Castle, one of the most beautiful ruiness castles in the world. A fortification built on the very edge of Loch Ness surrounded by the hills of the Great Glen, the dramatic backdrop boasts magnificent views down Scotland’s most famous body of water. Worth a visit for any keen historian, photographer, or Nessie hunter.

Urquhart Castle shot by Kenny Lam

Walk Inverness Guided Tour

Stretch you legs and breathe in the fresh Scottish air with Walk Inverness. Join your local guide Cath as she walks you around Inverness’ historical highlights. Including St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness Castle and Old High Church – mentioned in the Outlander books!

Inverness born and raised, Cath imparts a wealth of knowledge of our city and its rich history. Do you have Scottish roots or connections? Let Cath know prior to your tour and she will tell you tales of your Clan and their contributions to our Highland heritage.  

Walk Inverness tour stop at Inverness Castle looking over River Ness

Tomatin Distillery

It would be rude to visit Scotland, let alone the Capital of the Highlands without sampling some of our finest Amber Nectar, right?

Take a guided tour around Tomatin Distillery and learn how the award-winning Whisky is brewed. Learn the unique legacy of Tomatin and its driving force behind the company today. Of course, round up the tour with the obligatory whisky sampling where you will sample 3 of Tomatin’s finest whiskies aged to perfection in a variety of oak cask barrels. Finish off your tour by bottling your very own bottle of whisky to take home!

Oakwood Restaurant

Dine around the captain’s table and feast upon cuisine such as Shetland Hand dived Scallops, Isle of Skye langoustines and Orkney Aberdeen Angus Steaks.

Described as a ‘hidden gem’ of Inverness the Oakwood Restaurant provides diners with a completely unique Highland dining experience. Located onboard Highland Lassie, true Highland hospitality awaits to welcome you aboard. The warm wooden interior of the saloon restaurant embraces dinners as they relax and enjoy the views of the Caledonian Canal through panoramic windows.

Dine at the Captain’s table at Oakwood restaurant aboard Highland Lassie

Moray Firth Dolphin Cruise

The Scottish Highlands is lucky enough to be home to an exciting assortment of sea and birdlife; including seals, otters, dolphins, red kits, buzzards and much more! Let Dolphin Spirit take you on a tour of the Moray Firth.

Your onboard local friendly guide will talk your through the wildlife and scenery on your trip. Although there is no controlling the movements of the wildlife in our waters hopefully you are treated to a glimpse of dolphins in their natural habitat.

Dolphins swimming the Moray Firth alongside Dolphin Spirit Boat Tours

If you wish to visit Urquhart Castle, walk with Cath or partake in any other activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking or fishing let us know at time of booking and Gaby & Gus will will help arrange activities throughout your stay aboard Highland Lassie, to ensure you leave the Highlands with fond memories, and a desire to return.

Feature image photographed by Andrew Pickett