Best places to visit in inverness

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Inverness is known as the highlands capital city, the city seats where the river Ness meets the Moray Firth, it’s becoming one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, due to over of a quarter of highlands population lives around or in the city, its also ranked the highest in quality of life of any Scottish city and fifth highest of all 189 British cities.

There are huge choices of things to do; anything from ancient castles, to the highland clouds, and even a fairly tail ‘Legend’ the Loch Ness Monster.

Castles

Urquhart Castle, Cawdor Castle, Inverness Castle, Castle Stuart, Brodie Castle

Urquhart Castle

The present ruins date from the 13th to the 16th centuries, though built on the site of an early medieval fortification. Founded in the 13th century, Urquhart played a role in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century. It was subsequently held as a royal castle, and was raided on several occasions by the MacDonald Earls of Ross

Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle is set amid gardens in the parish of Cawdor in Nairnshire, Scotland. The castle is built around a 15th-century tower house, with substantial additions in later centuries.

Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness, in Inverness, Scotland. The red sandstone structure evident today was built in 1836 by architect William Burn. It is built on the site of an 11th-century defensive structure

Castle Stuart

Castle Stuart is a restored tower house on the banks of the Moray Firth, about 6.5 miles (10 km) northeast of Inverness. The land the castle was built on was granted to James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray by his half-sister, Mary, Queen of Scots, following her return to Scotland in 1561.

Brodie Castle

The original Z-plan castle was built in 1567 by Clan Brodie but destroyed by fire in 1645 by Lewis Gordon of Clan Gordon, the 3rd Marquess of Huntly. It was greatly expanded in 1824 by the architect William Burn who turned it into a large mansion house in the Scots Baronial style.

Museums

Ship Space, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) (Ardersier), The Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre, Castle Gallery, Highland Aviation Museum, Scottish Flair Art Gallery, Highland Archive Centre

Ship Space

Ship Space is an interactive maritime museum in Inverness, Scotland. The museum is situated along the historic Caledonian Canal at the Muirtown Basin. The 1:10 scale Titanic model is one of the main attractions.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is a museum and gallery on Castle Wynd, in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. Admission is free. The collection and facilities are managed by High Life Highland on behalf of Highland Council.

The Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre

discover for yourself the craftsmanship and expertise that goes into the making of each and every kilt – from the cutting of the cloth, to the pleating and stitching.

Castle Gallery

The gallery shows figurative, landscape and abstract work by artists from Scotland and throughout Britain. Its constantly changing exhibitions feature contemporary paintings, sculpture, hand-made prints, crafts and designer jeweler.

 

Highland Aviation Museum

The museum’s main building houses the reception and shop. Here you also find a number of models, plus life size figures in flying gear, ejector seats, the odd jet engine, and a series of displays. These include information about what started life as RAF Dalcross and its evolution into Inverness Airport.

Scottish Flair Art Gallery

Scottish Flair Art Gallery, established in 2004, is a privately, family run gallery that specialises in Scottish Edwardian and Victorian Art, situated in Bank Street Inverness

Highland Archive Centre

The Highland Archive Centre is responsible for collecting, preserving, and making accessible archives relating to the history of the Highlands. The archive collections date from the 14th century to the present day.

Outdoors walks & Cycling 

Plodda Falls, Caledonian Canal and Canal Walks, Inverness Historic Trail, Munlochy Clootie Well, South Loch Ness walk and cycle trail

Plodda Falls

Plodda Falls is a waterfall, situated 5 km south-west of the village of Tomich, near Glen Affric, in the Highlands of Scotland.

Caledonian Canal and Canal Walks

A walk along the Caledonian Canal gives you the opportunity to experience all Scotland has to offer.

 

Munlochy Clootie Well

The ‘Clootie’ Well, Munlochy, Black Isle a healing well at Munlochy was dedicated to St Boniface (or Curidan). There is said to have once been a chapel on the site.
In Scots, a “clootie” or “cloot” is a strip of cloth or rag.
Clootie wells are wells or springs, almost always with a tree growing beside them, with an assortment of garments or rags left, often tied to the branches of the trees surrounding the well.

 

South Loch Ness walk and cycle trail

The South Loch Ness Trail opened in August 2011 and stretches out to 28 miles, between the Loch Tarff to Torbrech.

Attractions & Experiences

Glen Ord Distillery, Dolphin Watching at Chanonry Point, Culloden Battlefield, Eden Court Theatre Inverness, Highland Aviation, Eden Court Theatre Inverness.

Glen Ord Distillery

Glen Ord is a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands and is the only remaining single malt scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle, you can see how the whiskey is made with Glen Ord.

Dolphin Watching at Chanonry Point

The Moray Dolphins are most often seen at Chanonry Point. It is considered by many to be the best place to see and watch the Moray Firth Dolphins, if you ever wanted to see the Dolphins, this is the place to be.

Culloden Battlefield

Site of bloody last battle of Jacobite Rising, with visitor center and interactive exhibition, experience the battle as never before.

Eden Court Theatre Inverness

Eden Court Theatre is a large theatre, cinema and arts venue situated in Inverness, located close to the banks of the River Ness.

Highland Aviation

Experience the fantastic scenery of the Highlands from the air and experience flying an aircraft yourself with professional tuition.
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