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Whether you want a visit to Eden Court Theatre or somewhere to listen to live music connect to this local website for the best local Whats on Highlands information and don’t miss out on our free attraction guide!

Here is an introduction to the Visitor Attraction Guide to help you plan all the great things you can do, see and experience in the Scottish Highlands.  We have put together some visiting tips, there are lots more places to see, empty beaches to enjoy, walks to explore and stunning scenery to view. If you are in doubt if an attraction is open ask reception to look at the website for you. Have a fantastic stay in Inverness and enjoy the Scottish Highlands. A great visitor’s website is Visit Scotland’s Destination Map for the Highlands.

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 crafts, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery also features up to date Exhibitions featuring Highland life.
  • Inverness Botanic Gardens / Floral Hall – Newly renames Inverness Botanic Gardens offers Floral Hall, Gardens and Coffee Shop is a unique visitor attraction that 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.

North Coast 500 – the ultimate road trip round Scotland start from the Inverness Castle, just opposite the Palace just as the Grand Tour on Amazon Prime have done. Then experience the new scenic route showcasing fairy-tale castles, white sand beaches and historical ruins.  The road trip can take from 5 to 7 days so be prepared for your stop – offs, plan your itinerary and make the most of your experience so  It is a year round travel plan so whether you want spring sunshine or winter weather drama – there is something for you.

Loch Ness – Top of the list it has to be a visit to see Nessie at Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.

Fort George – A spectacular Fortress built to keep rebellious Highlanders in order. A glimpse into military history of the Highlands from the 18th Century onwards link to Fort George.

Culloden Battlefield and Visitors Centre – The scene of the last major battle fought on mainland Britain 16th April 1746 – Jacobite Rebellion. Fantastic visitors centre is open at Culloden providing in depth description of events see NTS Culloden Battlefield.

Cawdor Castle – A Fairy Tale Castle that has been the home of the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370. Excellent attraction full access to the gardens, grounds with trails and walks, own 9-hole golf course, restaurant and shops. Cawdor Castle also features a summer programme of events so for more information see the website

Near Culloden: Clava Cairns (Near Culloden) – Following the brown tourist signs to Clava Cairns along minor roads and close to a spectacular railway viaduct en route to the car park for what are properly called the Prehistoric Burials Cairns of Balnauran of Clava. Dating back to 2000BC there are three burial cairns at Balnauran, and they are part of a line of seven dotted along the South side of the valley of the River Nairn. These together are part of a group of some 45 very distinctive cairns in Northern Inverness-shire, all are called Clava Cairns after this location, which is where they were first studied. What sets them apart is their construction within a “kerb”, a ring of large containing boulders. Definitely worth a look and only a mile from Culloden. This link to Undiscovered Scotland gives you an insight into the history of the cairns.

Jacobite Cruises – The finest way to see Loch Ness, nothing compares to a luxury cruise with the Jacobite Experience – for the splendour of summer or crispness of winter (warm drinks and a cabin is provided!).  With a great selection of tours and Inverness pick up points Loch Ness by Jacobite makes your experience on Loch Ness on to remember!

Caledonian Canal & the village of Fort Augustus – the William Telford an Engineered Canal stretching 60 miles of which 22 miles are man-made. Definitely worth a visit!

Tomatin Distillery excellent distillery is located in the Monadhliath Mountains just south of Inverness off the A9 at the Tomatin Distillery you will learn about the legacy of Tomatin from 1897.  A Trip Advisor must visit.

Happy Tours – Local Tours, Historical Walking Tours, Whisky Tours, Tours to the Skye or Orkney, Mountain Bike Hire and Private Guided tours. Cameron from Happy Tours offers all sorts of tours around the city and along the riverbank. Run by Cameron the “man in the kilt” 07828 154 683 or email Cameron.

Dolphin Trips – Dolphin Spirit from Inverness,  Phoenix Dolphin Trips on the Moray Firth from Nairn and Eco Adventures for an educational experience.  There are lots of choices so these are just a selection.

Don’t Miss Out – For lots more visitor information you must download the free Palace Hotel Visitor Attraction Guide!


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