Top Things to Do in Inverness on Foot
Perhaps you are travelling by train or just arrived by plane and are looking for car free tips! Here are our top things to in Inverness in Foot. There is so much to See and Do in Inverness and best of all you don’t need a car! Discover Inverness with a stay at Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa. Ideally located on the banks of the River Ness opposite Inverness Castle.
As many of our guests don’t have a car, we have put our thinking caps on to come up with some top things to do that are within easy reach. We have filled this blog with the Top things to do in Inverness on foot plus lots of other top suggestions for you stay. Even better these activities are only a short walk from the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa.
To help you navigate through our blog, check out the contents section below, with links to further in-depth blogs.
- Top 15 Things to Do in Inverness without a Car
- Inverness Tours from your doorstep
- Shopping in Inverness
- Day Out with the Kids in Inverness
- Delicious treats in Inverness
- Top things to do on a night out in Inverness
Explore Inverness Without a Car
Many of the city’s top attractions are located within walking distance of the train station and the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa. Here are just a few of our favourites we think you will enjoy.
- New Inverness Castle Viewing Platform is directly opposite the Palace Hotel & Spa. This fabulous center was newly opened in 2017. The North Tower of the historic Inverness Castle is now a visitor’s attraction with stunning Castle Viewing Platform. You can get a fantastic view up and down the River Ness and the surrounding town and hills. This fantastic attraction is only a few minutes walk from the train station.
- Inverness City Centre – Whether it is for shopping or for visiting the castle, museum or taking a walk round the gardens, it is well worth investigating.
- Inverness Museum only minutes from the Palace in the town centre. This is well worth a visit for exploring the Highlands, traditions and craft. As well as up to date Exhibitions featuring Highland life. Easy access by foot or from the train station.
- Victorian Market – full of unique owned shops from the local Chocolate Shop, Music Shop and Joke shop plus many more.
- Titanic Inverness is an amazing feat in a back garden an interactive and evolving maritime museum. Discover many nautical artefacts, large model ships such as Titanic and submarines made from improvised recycled materials. It is only 15-20 minutes’ walk from city centre Inverness and the train station. One of Trip Advisor’s must visit attractions!
- Inverness Botanic Gardens – The Floral Hall, Gardens and Coffee Shop is a unique visitor attraction. It offers a tranquil break amidst beautiful floral displays. Opened in 1993 it has been inspiring local gardeners and visitors from all over the world ever since. Well worth a visit walking distance from the Palace Must visit Botanic Gardens & Floral Hall, Inverness
Car Free Adventures, Explore the Area with these Inverness Tours from your Doorstep
You can visit Loch Ness, try Nessie hunting, see Urqhuart Castle and so much more without a car. We have a couple of suggestions for those visitors who don’t have a car or simply want someone else to do the driving. Lets be honest the driver always misses out on the best views.
- Happy Tours– Cameron organizes fabulous tours and he will collect you from the reception of the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa. Local Tours, Historical Walking Tours, Whisky Tours, Tours to the Skye or Orkney, Mountain Bike Hire and Private Guided tours. Cameron offers all sorts of tours around the city and along the riverbank. Run by Cameron the “man in the kilt” 07828 154 683. Cameron will come to you, a great day out in Inverness without a car.
- Jacobite Cruises– You can join a Jacobite cruises from Inverness Bus Station only a short walk from the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa. They they have a small office at the Bus Station, tours can be arranged from the bus station and run every day except for Christmas Day! The Jacobite City Sightseeing tour only runs in the Summer Months. On the water is the finest way to see Loch Ness, nothing compares to a luxury cruise. New in 2019: The Mini Rebellion Tour – you can squeeze more into your day with this new option. A fab cruise down the loch to Urquhart Castle, one hour to take in the majestic ruin and then a return cruise back up the Loch! A great idea for visitors who are limited for time. You can give them a call + 44 1463 233 999. Coming Mid June 2019 Jacobite will open their fabulous new visitor center “An Talla”, including café and luxury shopping experience. Just because you don’t have a car doesn’t mean you can explore outside Inverness!
- The Beastie Boats by Jacobite, the beastie boat RIB is perfect for an hour of thrills on Loch Ness. The boats leave from the Clansman hotel so you will need to organize a taxi or take the local bus to Drumnadrochit. Remember to press the stop button at the Clansman to begin your adventure. Robbie will be your host and captain for your exhilarating adventure on Loch Ness. You can leave your valuables safely locked up in the Beastie Building, as you will not want to take them on board. Get all togged up in your bright Blue Dry Suits, life vests, don’t be shy take the glasses Robbie offers you will need them! Ears pinned back he will deliver the safety briefing. The Beastie Boat is new to Loch Ness and many visitors aren’t aware of the option of speeding your way down the vast Loch Ness, taking in some truly special historical sights but at a much more exciting pace. As you gracefully exit the dock prepare yourself to hold on tight and fly across the tops of the waves on Loch Ness!! We flew across the Loch, a few small yelps, screams of excitement and delight as you bounce whizz towards Urquhart Castle! You will want to go back on the Beastie Boat, you will tell your friends, although you may not have too many pictures, it will be one of the highlights of your trip!
Discover the Unique Inverness Shops within Walking Distance
Inverness is the capital of the Highlands and has a wide array of shops. You will find all your high street favourites however there are quite a few unique choices. Below are a few of the shops unique to Inverness that may make your trip even more memorable. The shops are one of the top things to do in Inverness on Foot.
- Victorian Market is full of unique owned shops from the local Chocolate Shop, Music Shop and Joke shop plus many more. It isn’t just the shops that are interesting but the market building itself.Victorian Market Inverness[/caption]
- Castle Gallery–one of the most successful small galleries you’ll find in Scotland. Described in the Independent newspaper as ‘one of the best reasons to visit Inverness’. Exhibits include landscape, figurative and abstract work by artists from Scotland and throughout Britain. With pieces by established artists and emerging talent. The gallery holds exhibitions of contemporary paintings, original prints, sculpture, crafts and designer jewellery. Open Monday – Saturday and just 5 minutes walk from the Inverness Palace Hotel and Spa.
- Scottish Flair Art Gallery was established in 2004, is a privately, family run gallery that specialises in Edwardian and Victorian Art. It is situated in Bank Street Inverness (located on the first floor within The Riverside Art Gallery). The gallery offers a varied and diverse range of original Scottish fine art in all media types & price ranges. It covers a wealth of talent in most genres, catering to all tastes and preferences.
- Riverside Gallery,is a family run art gallery with exhibitions all year. Set on the beautiful banks of the River Ness it has a location that matches some of its works.
- Kilts Highland House of Fraser– just a few minutes walk from the Palace along the river bank! A family business steeped in the tradition of Highland dress. Boasts a selection of the finest clothing, textiles and gifts. They have been making bespoke kilts within the premises for over 50 years, continuing the tradition of the finest hand sewn kilts. Shop Highland House of Fraser!
- Kilts– For all things kilt related see Chisholms Highland Dressa family run kilt business looking after all the details for generations 47-51 Castle St, Inverness.
- Leakey’s Second Hand Bookshop is Scotland’s largest second hand bookshop with 100,000 selected volumes. The shop is actually a converted church, the huge old Gaelic Church at the end of Church Street, one street back from the river, about 7-9 minutes’ walk from the Inverness Palace Hotel. This is THE place to try in Inverness if you like books and or a great bistro style café with home cooking and an open fire.
- The Drawing Room is a super addition to this list for gorgeous unique gifts and home furnishings you must visit this lovely boutique shop on Kingsmills road. It is the exclusive Inverness stockist of Cath Kidston, Emma Bridgewater, Rosie Brown, Sheila Fleet, Alex Monroe and many others.
- If you need something from one of your typical high street stores you will more than likely find what you need at the Eastgate Centre –includes M&S, Debenhams, Next and all the High street retail brands you know well.
Looking for something to keep kids happy on your day out then Inverness has a lot to offer. There are lots of activities: Swimming Pool & Ice Rink at Aqua Dome or for Soft Play visit Frankie & Lola’sabout 10 mins from the Palace. There is also Ten Bowling if you want something for all to enjoy at Roller Bowl. Perhaps the kids want to burn off some energy after visiting the castle then they might want to try the Trampoline Park at Infinity Inverness or the Inverness Skate & Bike Park– Bught Road purchase cards from Inverness Leisure Centre.
Car Free Family Activities
Your day out with the kids doesn’t have to be expensive! Try Whins Boating Park and Ness Islands Walk only 15 minutes’ walk from the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa. Belfield Park with Tennis Courts, Mini Golf and a paddling pool in the summer a 15 minute walk from the hotel. Inverness Crazy Golf. You could spend a whole day out without the car as all these adventures are only a short walk from Inverness city centre!
Delicious Treats in Inverness only A Short Walk Away
It’s a well known fact that Scottish people have a sweet tooth! The Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa serves a yummy range of cakes & tasty coffee plus the fabulous Intoxicating Tea Party! Here are a few alternative suggestions in Inverness:
Coffee Shops & Ice Cream in Inverness
All these fab coffee spots and yummy cakes are within walking distance on Inverness centre.
- Girvans Restaurant– a family run restaurant serving lovely meals and cakes.
- Coffee Affair located on Church Street. A fresh and friendly local Coffee shop with a great selection of cakes and freshly made sandwiches.
- Rendezvous Cafe on Church Street a smaller more quirky cafe serving homemade and local produce with about 10 tables it’s busy and has friendly staff.
- Miele’s Gelateria Inverness Ice Cream Shop on Church Street
- Coyote Coffee & Donuts
- Perk Coffee & Donuts, on church street next to the Victorian Market. Savour a handmade donut
- Ness Walk Kioskthe perfect spot for a fresh waffle, yummy ice cream, warming crepe or coffee as you stroll along the river banks!
Top Things to Do at Night In Inverness on Foot
In the land of Whisky Galore try these Bars!
Inverness has a few great bars, where you can discuss your adventures and plan your next activities. If you enjoy Scottish music then take a trip to Hootananay. This Inverness icon has 3 levels catering to all music tastes. It’s definitely one to seek out at Hogmanay! Most of these wee gems are within the city centre, easy access by rail or foot.
- Hootananay– 01463 233 651 Traditional Scottish
- The Malt Room– Inverness’s first Malt Whisky Bar, is tucked away in an alleyway leading to the Victorian Market.
- The Auctioneers –01463 713 005 Bar & Eaterie
- Lauders– 01463 235 909 A local bar
- Gellions – 01463 233 648 Oldest Bar in Inverness
- Black Isle Brewery– 01463 229920 Real Ales
- Pockets/SoBar, Castle Street Inverness. A bar upstairs but a pool/snooker club downstairs
- Blackfriars – 01463 233 881 A local bar
- The Pheonix – 01463 245 990 Real Ales
- The Castle Tavern– 01463 718 178 Real Ales
- McCallums – 01463 234 805 local bar
Top Inverness Cocktail Bars – Sip & Savour the Delights of the Highlands!
- The Den – 01463 236577
- Bar One – 01463 236577
- White House Bistro – 01463 226767
- Scotch & Rye 01463 715 374
- Revolution Inverness – If you fancy a cocktail and a wee boogie (dance)
More Top Tips for a Night Out, more than just the Pub!
Perhaps a trip to the Pub is not high on your agenda, then only a short walk from the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa:
- Eden Court Theater & Cinema, if you are looking for a little culture then you may want to check out Eden Court Theatre & Cinema, Ness Walk Inverness. This wonderful venue hosts many International Music Acts, Ballet, Opera, Comic Acts, & Pantomime. Eden Court is also home to many popular annual exhibitions and shows. Only a 15 minute walk along the riverbank from the hotel.
- Ironworks Music Venue
- Vue Cinema Inverness, this is a fabulous venue for live music and comedy!
- Don’t want to miss out on any festivals or craft exhibitions then make sure to look at check out the Inverness Summer and Winter Festivals.
Stay With Us, A Perfect Place for Your Car Free Escape
Book your Escape and enjoy your Days Out In Inverness make sure you experience as many of the Top 15 Things To Do as possible. Stay at the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa, a family owned hotel with a reputation for a warm welcome. As our guest you will enjoy free Wi-fi and free access to the luxury leisure club and swimming pool. Make sure that you check out our Seasonal Specials for your very best offers, plus see the explore section we created to help our guests get the most out of their stay in Inverness. Remember #bookdirect for your best offers. Just call our reservations team on 01463223243 or email us at [email protected] and let your adventure begin.