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Inverness Suspension Bridges leading into the city

Inverness Suspension Bridges leading into the city

Can you spot The Loch Ness Monster near the Palace Hotel

Can you spot The Loch Ness Monster near the Palace Hotel

Well within your reach is the beautiful Glen Affric - enjoy breath taking views.

Well within your reach is the beautiful Glen Affric - enjoy breath taking views.

Local Area……& Fun

There is lots to see and do around Inverness.  Inverness Local Area & Fun gives you lots of links and remember to download your free Local Activity Guide on the right handside of this page lists all free attractions too.

Family Fun

Fantastic fun for all see Landmark Forest Theme Park.  Out on a boat Dolphin spotting on the Moray Firth see Pheonix Cruises. Or try Baxters at Fochabers a but of a drive but very tasty.  Dramatic highland landscapes visit Cairngorm National Park and Mountain Railway.  Or have a go on the Strathspey Steam Railway. For wildlife choose Highland Wildlife Park or the Black Isle Wildlife Park. For outdoor adventures there are Boots & Paddles, Loch Insch and Ace Adventures near Aviemore or why not try Experience 4×4. For a little history see Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore. For easy family fun get on the bus with Inverness Sightseeing the hop on and off bus.  Or take a trip to Orkney from Inverness during the summer all in 1 day with John O’Groats Ferry Inverness to Orkney.

Guided Tours & Cycles

Happy Tours - to enjoy a guided tour, history tour, chocolate tour or even a crime and punishment tour of Inverness contact Cameron Ross at Happy Tours.  Daily guided tours from 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 7pm & 8.30pm. You can also book your bicycles for hire (Electric Bikes too), small bikes for kids, even tagalong bikes and child’s seats too.  Or have fun on a Guided Bike tour to Loch Ness, car tours and lots more call Cameron on 07828 154 683.

Beaches

Just a little note on local Beaches with web links so you can plan your visit including Nairn Beaches, Rosemarkie Beach, Dornoch Beach and Moray & Findhorn Beaches. For more information download the Summary Information Guide 2014.

Out and About on Loch Ness

There are so many tales about Loch Ness and the Loch Ness monster it is up to you to make up your own mind about the legendary Nessie.  But there is more to Loch Ness than just Nessie from one end of the Great Glen to the other ending in Fort William.  Here are just a few links you can use for your Loch Ness Monster research.

Get started with Visit Lochness then there is the Loch Ness Exhibition to find the magic in the water.  Find out about the William Telford Caledonian Canal that connects the Great Glen Waterways from Inverness to Fort William.  Take a trip out on the loch with Jacobite Cruises.  Visit Urquhart Castle and from there travel onto the village of Fort Augustus.  You can make a detour home via Glen Affric and Strathglass for stunning scenery and many walks or keep going all the way through the Great Glen.  Or book in advance for your guided trip with Inverness Exclusive Tours of the Highlands.

For the love of all the Castles

Let’s just agree that the Scots loved their Castles and around Inverness and the further afield there are some stunning examples for you to see.  Here is a handful to get you started.  The closest to the Palace is Cawdor Castle an educational and fun visitor attraction or Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.  Then Brodie Castle near Forres or further a field the world famous Eilean Donan Castle on the way to Skye, Dunvegan Castle for a wealth of MacLeod family history and Armadale Castle & Garden for the Clan Donald all on/ near the Isle of Skye.  For Royal family history visit Castle Mey on the north coast of Caithness or a little closer Dunrobin Castle home to the Countess of Sutherland.  To the east there is Ballindoch Castle in Banffshire and plenty more National Trust and Historic Scotland properties.


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