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Your Very Latest What’s On!

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! Your very latest What’s On, plus fantastic ideas for your visit to Inverness see free Palace Visitor attraction guide, it will help you plan all the great things you can SEE & DO in and around Inverness!

READ ON for some top tips and adventurous DAYS OUT. Plus 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 CENTER

Has so much to offer the Castle, River Walks, the Museum, Botanic Gardens & more …

  • 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, offers the Floral Hall, Gardens & Coffee Shop and is unique visitor attraction that offers a tranquil breather in amongst beautiful floral displays. The gardens first opened in 1993 and it has been inspiring gardeners ever since. It is well worth a visit and within walking distance of the Palace.

DAYS OUT ON & AROUND LOCH NESS

Loch Ness – Has to be top of the list to visit a chance to see Nessie at Loch Ness, Explore Urquhart Castle, Cruise down Loch Ness & discover the Caledonian Canal. Fantastic piece of engineering connecting the Highland waterways to the North Sea and beyond.

Urquhart Castle – combine your cruise with a visit to the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle. You can roam all over these legendary ruins at the edge of Loch Ness, plenty of space for a picnic. Plus there is an excellent and informative visitors centre which tracks the history of the Castle across the centuries.

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!

Hunt for Nessie on Land – there are 2 excellent Loch Ness Visitor attractions in the village of drumnadrochit. there is the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre described by Scottish Natural Heritage as a “portal to the unique natural phenomenon that is Loch Ness” the exhibition provides in depth facts, science and the story around the mystery of Loch Ness travelling through 7 exhibition areas.  It is a a five star visitor attraction and is worth a visit.  Close by is Nessieland which is a great day out for all the family with a mix of facts and activities for kids it is a great family stop off.

EXPLORE THE HISTORIC HIGHLANDS

Discover the brutal and bloody stories of the centuries.

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 cawdorcastle.com

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.

PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS

Let someone else take the reins & enjoy an Expert Guided Tour. See the best of the Highlands with all the expert local knowledge and stories, no more guide books, scrabbling for a loo, struggling for a parking space let someone else take care of it for you this Autumn.

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.

WOW Scotland – with Gordon Pearson at the helm you are guaranteed a 5 star Visit Scotland rated tour. Tours include, Skye Day Tour, Skye Fairy Pools, Whisky Tour & Castle Tour. To book see here

Dolphin Trips – Dolphins are resident in this area approximately 130 Bottlenose Dolohins live in the Moray Firth. Chanonry Point is local hotspot for Dolphins, it’s only a 30 min drive from the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa. Sometimes you may be lucky and see Minke Wales or Orca (Killer Wales). You can try Dolphin Spirit from Inverness or Phoenix Dolphin Trips on the Moray Firth from Nairn for a sea adventure!

TAKE AN EPIC ROAD TRIP

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 northcoast500.com.  It is a year round travel plan so whether you want spring sunshine or winter weather drama – there is something for you.

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