Nestled on the fringes of Loch Ness, Inverness is often seen as a gateway to the Scottish Highlands. It’s the perfect starting point when driving the NC500, but there are also heaps of the best things to do in Inverness at the start of your trip.
Over the years, we’ve explored Inverness many times; staying in the city and heading to the nearby Cairngorms National Park and further north.
This whole area of Scotland is just so beautiful and unspoilt; and whilst you might not make a trip to the Scottish Highlands just for Inverness, it’s worth stopping for a day to explore this small Scottish city.
So, to help you get the most out of your time, I’m popping a few of the top things to do in Inverness, or from the city, itself. Have the most amazing time visiting Scotland.
1.) Inverness Cathedral
Whilst exploring Inverness, make sure to stop by the city’s cathedral that’s nestled right on the banks of the River Ness. Now, it’s free to enter, but you can choose to donate a small amount (around £2) that helps go to the upkeep of the cathedral itself.
A visit to Inverness Cathedral won’t take longer than 20 minutes, but it’s worth a little gander if you’re interested in some of the city’s iconic buildings. If you’re getting peckish, pop into the unfussy Cafe Ness by the Cathedral. Their lemon drizzle cake is so good.
Not only that, you can easily visit when walking the ‘Ness Walk’ that follows the bank of the River Ness and Bishops Road.
2.) Inverness Castle
visiting Inverness Castle is easily one of the best things to do in Inverness when you visit. That being said, it’s not reopening until 2025 for essential works. Though, fear not, you can still get some incredible views of Inverness from the River Ness area below.
For the best views, head to the corner of Bishops Road and Ardross Street (right outside the cathedral). Inverness Castle is on the other side of the River Ness and looks so gorgeous.
If you fancy exploring beyond Inverness, book this Isle of Skye tour that’s a day trip from Inverness. It’s an early start, but they organise all the transport to and from the Isle of Skye before returning you to Inverness. It’s all so easy.
Just be sure to book this Isle of Skye tour in advance. Tickets sell out fast for this one.