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Destination: Inverness (Loch Ness) Tours

Description: Home to an enjoyable city and the loch ness monster
Region: Scotland
Pronounced: in-ver-nes
Time to spend here: 1/2 day
Big CityNature loversIn the country
Inverness, Scotland

Inverness, the attractive capital of the Highlands and Scotland's millennium city, makes an ideal base for exploring the area. The city is thought to date back to the 6th century as the Pictish capital and a trading centre for fish, wool and furs. Today it is dominated by the pink sandstone castle which has been built and restored over the centuries due to various battles over the years which left the castle in need of repair. The city is largely modern looking with plenty of shops, places to eat and drink, and plenty of peaceful areas close to the centre for relaxing.

Inverness also hosts the largest Highland Games. Surrounding the city is some awesome countryside with hillsides and lochs in plentiful supply and dolphins cruises available in the nearby Moray Firth. Just south of Inverness is the world famous Loch Ness and of course the Loch Ness monster lurking somewhere within!
Local Activities
Inverness Castle
Inverness Castle
Inverness CastleThe present day Inverness Castle dates from 1847, when it was built to replace the previous medieval castle blown up in 1746 by the Jacobites.
Inverness River Walk
River Ness Islands Walk, Inverness
Inverness CastleOne of the great attractions in Inverness is to take a stroll along the river to the Ness Islands, which are linked to the riverside and to each other by some elegant old Victorian bridges. The scenic walk also passes some great salmon pools.
Inverness Cathedral
Inverness Cathedral
Inverness CastleInverness Cathedral can be found on the riverside as well as the Eden Court Theatre.
The Floral Hall
Floral Hall, Inverness
Inverness CastleThe Floral Hall is a climatically controlled glass house featuring a superb array of subtropical plants, a cascading waterfall and a pool of Koi Carp. There is also an award winning range of cacti. 
Inverness Museum and Gallery
Inverness Museum and Gallery
Inverness CastleInverness Museum and Art Gallery give you the opportunity to explore the heritage of the Scottish highlands, including contemporary arts and crafts.
Inverness Wildlife Tour
Inverness Wildlife Tour, Inverness
Inverness CastleYou can take a number of wildlife tours from Inverness including dolphin watching, bird watching and general highland wildlife.  
What can I see in the area?
Culloden Battlefield
Culloden Battlefield, Inverness
Inverness CastleAt Culloden Battlefield (5 miles east of Inverness) you can explore the moorland battlefield where the last battle on mainland British soil took place between Bonnie Prince Charlie and his supporters and the government troops and supporters in 1746.
Clava Cairns
Clava Cairns, Inverness
Inverness CastleClava Cairns is the site of some well preserved prehistoric burial cairns from about 4,000 years ago.
Loch Ness Cruise
Loch Ness Cruise
Inverness CastleYou can take a cruise on Loch Ness and go in search of the Loch Ness Monster. You can also include a visit to the Urquhart Castle, the ruins of which are situated on a rocky peninsula on the banks of the Loch. Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, the remains include a tower house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen. The visitor centre has a number of fascinating artefacts discovered during excavations on the site.
Glen Affric
Glen Affric, Inverness
Inverness CastleGlen Affric (20 miles west of Loch Ness) is a very special place and has been described as 'the most beautiful glen in Scotland'. It contains one of the largest ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland as well as lochs, moorland and mountains. It is also a haven for wildlife including many rare birds.
Cawdor Castle
Cawdor Castle, Inverness
Inverness CastleThe fairytale Castle of Cawdor dates from the 1300s includes some interesting artefacts and outstanding tapestries.  As well as 3 gardens and a big wood, there is a 9 hole golf course and there’s also the chance to do some salmon fishing on the river Findhorn amidst some stunning highland scenery.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
Historic Scotland Pass

Historic Scotland pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Scottish Highlands, Fort William
Transport options in this area: Inverness town centre can be navigated on foot but the local area requires a vehicle to explore properly.
Did you know:
The Proclaimers were discovered in Inverness, in the upstairs of the Market Bar, one of the city's best (and smallest) live music venues.
"An old prophecy predicts a violent end for Inverness if the monster is ever captured." Frommers britain
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