a VirtualTourist member from Australia
I am coming to inverness mid august, and will be there for a month, what is there to do there? I will be traveling to other places but most of my time will be spent there, i wont need accomodation just some good places to shop, and see some of the beautiful country!
Inverness makes a good base. There are many tips here so you could search on Inverness as a location and read some of the tips we have posted. I know I have several.
Inverness is a popular tourist destination and base, and you will find plenty of people there in August.
It is not a huge city, but there are shops, restaurants, pubs and evening activities.
There is lovely countryside nearby, accessible by local bus and train, and you will find plenty of day trips on offer. Glencoe (scene of a famous battle and a most atmospheric place) is only a few miles away, and there are dolphin-seeking boat trips along the Moray Firth. There is also Loch Ness, of course!
As well as the VT pages, look at the official tourist info sites here:
and others here:
I just returned from Inverness a few days ago (t'was cold, but still beautiful and fun as ever :-)
Apologies for the long answer in advance, but I hope all this info helps! It's a list I've compiled but haven't made into a tip, yet...
In July & August there are various events in Inverness & surrounding area.
Every Tuesday (July & August): Pipe Band Performances in High Street at 8.00pm
Every Tuesday: Traditional Jazz, Nico's Bar, Ness Bank (in the Glen Mhor Hotel) between 9-11pm
Daily: Live music sessions at the award-winning Ceilidh Bar called *Hootananny* in Church Street (Tel: 01463 233651). http://www.hootananny.co.uk/
>>> Visit THE sight of the city: Inverness Castle built in 1835 right on the banks of the River Ness.
Info can be found here: castleuk.net/castle_lists_sc...
>>> In need for some retail therapy? (or that umbrella we talked about earlier?)
Historic Victorian Shopping Street: invernessvictorianmarket.com...
Or the Modern, award-winning Shopping Centre: eastgate-centre.co.uk/index....
>>> Concerts, musicals, etc. take place at Eden Court Theatre (near the cathedral on the river): http://www.eden-court.co.uk/
>>> The Inverness Highland Games with "plenty of strong Scottish men, throwing rocks and logs and unsuspecting tourists" will take place in Bught Park Arena on 18th & 19th July 2009.
Check the website for a taste! http://www.invernesshighlandgames.com/
>>> Why not take a boat trip on the famous Loch Ness and shake flippers with Nessie?
Either check this website: http://www.jacobite.co.uk/
Or with these organisers: http://www.cruiselochness.com/
>>> Take a boat trip on the Moray Firth to see wild Bottlenose Dolphins & Harbour Porpoise!
Details of responsible & recommended organisers: dolphintripsavoch.co.uk/wtbo...
>>> Visit Culloden Battle Field & Centre... the last hand-to-hand battle fought on British soil.
Details here: http://www.nts.org.uk/Culloden/Home/
>>> "Heeeere, fishy fishy!" Who hasn't heard of the famous Scottish Salmon? Why not try fishing and catch one yourself? Fishing permits for visitors are available on a daily or weekly basis.
More details can be found here: invernessanglingclub.co.uk/t...
>>> Don't want to get your feet wet? How about going along Loch Ness, riding on horse back?
Borlum Farm, Drumnadrochit: http://www.borlum.co.uk/
>>> How about the sport that Scotland invented... GOLF!
Check this site for Golf Courses in the are: golf.visitscotland.com/cours...
>>> And what would Scotland be without its Whisky? Here’s a link for trips to distilleries:
This is a very helpful site I found with details for all other places of interest near Loch Ness: