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Open Inverness Attractions

Things maybe a little different this Summer, however Inverness & the Highlands Attractions are Open and the number is growing!  There is still so much to SEE & DO in Inverness this Summer. Inverness is your perfect base to explore the Highlands. Inverness, is the capital of the Scottish Highlands and it makes for a great holiday destination for the whole family!  There are plenty of open attractions in and around the city that are fun for all ages. We’ve compiled the guide below of Open Inverness Attractions!   We hope this list will help you make the most of your Summer Breaks in Inverness, there is plenty to do, see, eat and drink in Inverness this Summer. Download your copy of our FREE Visitor Guide.

Inverness Attractions Opening Information – 19 to get you started!

Caledonian Canal

You can walk to the Caledonian Canal from the Palace and various different location of the canal are fabulous for walks and super sunset views. The Caledonian Canal Centre at Fort Augustus is open!

Cawdor Castle & Gardens

Cawdor Castle

The gorgeous Castle gardens are open daily 10 – 5pm, visits must be booked in advance online. The castle lovely cafe is open for takeout food, enjoy a slice of home made cake & a coffee on one of the outdoor tables. Toilet facilities are available for guests. The takeout service will be available initially from 10am – 4pm, Wednesday to and including Sundays.

Chanonry Point

On the Black Isle it is renowned for being one of the best Dolphin watching places in the Highlands. You can see them from the shore, enjoy a paddle, take in the fabulous light house and relax with a great sea view!  Great beaches close by too!  Download your copy of our FREE Visitor Guide.

Chanonry Point Lighthouse, ideal for dolphin spotting

Clava Cairns

These stunning beauties are OPEN, inspirational Bronze Age stones, inspired the TV show Outlander. You can enjoy these majestic stones and wonder about there purpose, social distancing is maintained with a one way system around the area.

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield is OPEN, you can park and explore the battlefield at no charge, yes its FREE. Exciting NEWS – the Culloden Battlefield visitor centre will re-open on 1st August!! The centre will re-open so you can enjoy the exhibition and shop at a social distance as will a limited food offering. All bookings need to made in advance see here

Dolphin Spirit Tours

You can enjoy the Seas again, explore the stunning Scottish Coastline with one of these fabulous tours and remember to watch for the dolphins! You can make your booking here. Download your copy of our FREE Visitor Guide.

Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle

This fabulous Fairytale Castle is OPEN, 10 to 4pm daily ( last entry to castle 3.30pm)! Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.

NEWS: You can enter the Castle! The size of the Castle’s Grand Rooms has allowed for 6 gorgeous spaces to be re-opened with social distancing! Plus you can explore the beautiful gardens, enjoy the Castle Shop stocked with many local delights and of course a tasty treat in the Tea Room. The Tea Room has some indoor seating and of course there are plenty of picnic tables in the ground for you to enjoy your homemade slice of cake and coffee!  Dunrobin is open 7 days 10 – 4pm until 31st October, you can still enjoy this fairytale place safely!

Fort George

This historic giant will re-open late August, keep an eye on the Historic Scotland Website for updates!  You won’t want to miss the Fort, this imposing fort was designed by Lieutenant-General William Skinner and built by the Adam family of architects. Fort George took 22 years to complete, by which time the Jacobite threat had subsided. But it has served the British Army for the almost 250 years since. One of the highlights is taking a walk around the main rampart, longer than 1km in length, it encloses an area the size of five football pitches!

Harry Potter Express Train

ALL ABOARD the Jacobite Steam Train aka the Hogwarts Express is now open! There are trains available morning and afternoon! For full details on this famously fabulous scenic route see here

Jacobite Steam Train

Happy Tours

We have worked with Happy Tours and excellent and the well known Cameron at Happy Tours for many years.  Cameron is offering bespoke, small group tours a maximum of 6 per group to discover more see here.  Tours include Isle of Skye, Outlander Tour, Loch Ness and Culloden, Whisky Tours, Cairngorm Tours and more.  You can book online just check out Cameron’s website!  Download your copy of our FREE Visitor Guide.

Highland Folk Museum

Welcome back to the Highland Folk Museum, the museum is now open. Britain’s first open air museum is open every Wednesday – Sunday, 10.30am – 4.00pm and visitors will need to pre-book their visit online via a new booking system, click here to book!  More information on your visit is available here so please check back – we are looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Neil Williamson Highland Folk Museum

Highland Wildlife Park

Animal lovers will be pleased to learn that the Highland Wildlife Park is OPEN! You must purchase your tickets online in advance, there are new one way routes, extra special protection measures but still lots of fun and great memories to be made!  It is a great attraction to tire kids out young and old – with amazing animals and stunning views and loads of space for social distancing you can stop off on your way up to Inverness off the A9 or on the way home!!  Love it!!

Jacobite Cruises

Jacobite at Loch Ness is Open! This is a fantastic Inverness business and employs a great people that will really make your trip on the world famous Loch Ness special.  These special cruises are running, you can sail from Dochgarroch Lock or Clansman Centre. You will need to book your special cruise online, being on the water really gives you a sense of the massive scale of Loch Ness and its dark waters!   We also really recommend you stop for lunch at their new An Talla, visitors centre and restaurant it is the new addition to the Jacobite offering, relax dine and shop and latest gifts and dining can be found on An Talla’s facebook page.

North Coast 500

Discover why the North Coast 500 is Scotland’s answer to route 66Come North and experience the breath-taking beauty and stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands. It’s so much more than a viewpoint it’s a way of life! Sip a “wee dram”, delight in the delicious food straight from the sea, loch and field and “chat on” the locals.  Scotland is a little different expect a “good morning” as take your morning stroll and there is always someone with a “wee bit” of local advice or a story. There are some Epic Road Trips including the North Coast 500 across the Scottish Highlands, come North and drive these gems!  These fabulous routes vary in length & offer a scenic alternative to main trunk roads and motorways. They’re easy to follow and well signposted. Make sure you look out for the distinctive brown and white signs. Do you like to be in charge, then a road trip is perfect for you as you set the itinerary! A road trip is all about you!

Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle

You can enjoy the view of Inverness Castle from your room at the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa! Simply take a stroll from your font door, its 5 minutes away. A gentle climb up the hill to the Castle where you can take in a view of the ancient city and the beautiful River Ness!  From there you can walk down the the gardens of Faith, Hope and Charity Statues overlooking the River Ness rescued from a drapers building in Inverness by a collector in the 1950’s they were returned to Ness Bank gardens in 2011 and represent a symbol of unity and community.  Don’t stop walking head go to Ness Islands.  Link to our Walking & Cycling Blog.

Loch Ness Visitor Center

A trip to Inverness wouldn’t be complete without a spot of Nessie hunting, where better to discover the stories behind the monster than this original iconic centre! EXCITING NEWS – calling all Monster hunters or those who enjoy being on the water, you can now book a private cruise on a Deep Scan research vessel!! Make a memorable family day out, your private tour, with first hand knowledge from the skipper! This option is available for family bubbles. To learn more and book your once in a lifetime cruise on a research vessel email [email protected]

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle OPENING 1st August!!! This iconic castle will re open very soon, discover more than 1,000 years of stirring history centred on the Great Glen. The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the shore of Loch Ness, has seen some of the most dramatic chapters in our nation’s story.  Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of the castle passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. This is fabulous day out, with plenty of space to put down your picnic blanket and soak up the history and the views of the Great Glen and marvellous Loch Ness!  Keep up to date date here for Opening Booking information.

Take a Day at the Beach

Scotland has many fantastic natural open spaces just waiting for you to enjoy! The beautiful beaches below are just a short car journey to Nairn. You can enjoy a walk along the beach, take a Palace Hotel picnic; there is more than enough space to socially distance here! Crowd free, silver sands just waiting for your Summer Escape!  More about Beaches link to our Beach information.

WOW Scotland

With Gordon Pearson at the helm you are guaranteed a 5 star Visit Scotland rated experience, number 1 rated on TripAdvisor in Inverness.  Tours include Isle of Skye Day Tour, Skye Fairy Pools Tour, Whisky Tour and Castle Tour.  WOW offer a fantastic selection of Tours and Private Tours from Inverness and the opportunity to fall in love with the place we call home. Book Online

Dining and Socialising – opening times search them on Facebook

  • Open Restaurants: Cafe 1 Inverness, Mustard Seed, The Kitchen Brasserie, La Tortilla Asesina, Prime Restaurant, Fig & Thistle Bistro, Dows Bar and Bistro, Castle Street Restaurant
  • Open Cafes: Coffee Affair, Girvans, Kool Runnings, Red Pepper Inverness, Starbucks on Rose St, Jammy Piece, Little Italy, The Rendezvous Cafe, Caffe Nero,
  • Open Bars: Innes Bar, Hootanannys, Johnny Foxes & The Den, McGregor’s, The Caledonian, Platform 8,  Number 27 Bar, Whetherspoons, Lauders Bar
  • Outside Inverness: An Talla, Bad Girl Bakery Muir of Ord, Corner on the Square Beauly, Robertsons Farm Shop – Beauly, The Dores Inn and lots more seeInverness Shopping and Cakes!

Stay with Us

The Palace Hotel & Spa in Inverness are the perfect base for your #highland staycation. If you’re looking for a Summer Escape, look no further than Palace Hotel, Inverness. Our family-run hotel is centrally located on the bank of River Ness, overlooking Inverness Castle, offering easy access to all the attractions in the city and further afield. Stay in newly refurbished luxury River & Castle view rooms – they are the rooms with the view in Inverness! Don’t forget at the Palace you will enjoy car parking & free Wi-fi. 

Check out our Hot Offers stay 3 for the price of 2 nights or Summer Escape package, its time to relax and enjoy again!! You can book online, email us or call our lovely team on 01463 22 32 43. Remember Book Direct for your very best offers.   Here’s to a new future together and a #highlandstaycation

A final word about our commitment to your safety during your next visit, we hope to be able to reopen the Leisure Club very soon, more should follow at the end of July.  Please see Stay with Confidence and Dine with Confidence we want to reassure you of our commitment to you during your stay.



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