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Holidays in Inverness

A touch of vibrancy and culture amongst peaceful countryside

Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.

The city of Inverness is the largest in the Highlands. For those that are looking for a lively place to base yourself, it’s perfect in many ways. As it is close to Loch Ness, you can be in the wilds within a short distance of city limits. The city has a good blend of culture, shopping, and a fascinating military history to delve into. All this, and the added thrill of being close to the lochs and Munros of the Highlands.

Explore the city on foot and take in Fort George, St Andrew's Cathedral and the Victorian Market. Embark on a boat trip along the Caledonian Canal, or enjoy a tour bus around the city centre. Loch Ness is a very short hop away, so you wayfarers can enjoy the Great Glen Way or head to Drumnadrochit to visit the Nessieland and the Loch Ness Visitor Centre. See if you can spot the fabled Scottish beastie!

The Victorian Market is housed in a shopping arcade that plays host to over 40 different types of independent shops and cafes. Head in for delicatessens, clothing, and local foods. Amazingly, the market clock hasn’t stopped ticking since 1890 - now that’s Victorian engineering for you! Hire out a kilt at the Highland House of Fraser. With the help of their friendly staff, they’ll have you blending in with the locals in no time.

Visit the imposing Fort George.

Visit the formidable and imposing military fortress, Fort George, the largest in northern Europe. Fort George was built for Bonnie Prince Charlie following the ferocious Battle of Culloden in 1746. Surrounded by over 1.5 km of thick walls, it is still an awe-inspiring sight. The fortifications encompass battlements with cannons, barrack rooms, a regimental chapel and a collection of weapons. You can visit the Highlanders’ Museum which is situated at the Fort, a perfect holiday distraction for historians and armed forces enthusiasts; the museum covers three floors of Fort George’s former Lieutenant Governor House. It is the largest regimental museum in Scotland, outside of Edinburgh.

If you enjoy world cinema and live performance, check out what’s on the programme at Eden Court. One of the Highland’s leading venue for the arts, it’s the place to catch some superb events that you may not expect to find this far north. Live events cover the whole entertainment spectrum from theatre, dance, music, and comedy. For big blockbusters and family films, head to the Vue cinema complex. A sure bet for entertainment if the weather closes in.

The Great Glen Way stretches from Inverness in the north to Fort William 79 miles away to the south. You can both cycle and walk along the Great Glen Way. It’s a wonderful introduction to long-distance wayfaring. Following the course of a massive natural fault line, the trail runs along the shoreline of several lochs and the grand Caledonian Canal.

Stay at one of our self-catering cottages in Inverness on your next holiday to the Highlands. We have a large collection of properties in and around the city, why not visit our website to feel inspired today?

While you’re there

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Learn the fascinating history of the city and view artwork by a variety of local artists.

Inverness Castle

Enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Highlands from the viewpoint at this castle.

Inverness Botanic Gardens

Find peace and quiet away from the busy city at this beautiful - and free - attraction.

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