Attractions & Activities near Flat No 9 Self Catering In the City of Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland

Attractions and Activities in the City of Inverness, Highlands of Scotland - Art Galleries, Hill Walking, Mountain Biking, Loch Ness, Highland Castles, Golf Holidays and more
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Attractions and Activities in the City of Inverness, Capital of the Highlands
Local Craft and Art Galleries in the City of Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland
Bird Watching, Mountain Biking, Hill Walking, Paintball and other Highlands Outdoor Activities in the North of Scotland
Explore Loch Ness near Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland
Highland Castles near Inverness - Urquhart Castle, Inverness Castle, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and more
Golf Holidays in Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland
Attractions and Activities in and around Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland






Attractions and Activities in the City of Inverness, Capital of the Highlands
Attractions and Activities in the City of Inverness, Capital of the Highlands


Need a swim?
Try the Aquadome
Swimming pools, Gym, Climbing wall, Badminton etc. Great for getting some exercise if the day is driech (wet and grey).

Eastgate Shopping Centre
Shop ‘till you drop.

The Victorian Market
A 19th Century indoor market...no website but you should pay a visit and explore this wee treasure in the centre of town.

Highland Dress & Tartans
For Highland dress and finding your tartan,
try Chisholms on Castle street

Guided Tours of Inverness
For guided tours of Inverness try Happy Tours

River Ness
You can spend a day wandering by the River Ness, strolling over the swing bridges onto the Islands and stopping for refreshment at the riverside cafes and bars on Ness bank.

 



Inverness Floral Hall

A sub-tropical corner of Inverness with exotic plants, tropical fish, cacti and a cafe too.

Caledonian Canal

Escape for an easy walk or a bike ride up the Caledonian Canal on the edge of town. Great views, restaurant at Dochgarroch locks and all sorts of boats on the Canal.

Leakey’s second hand bookstore
Located on Church Street, this is another Inverness treasure for anyone who likes books and a great bistro-style cafe with home cooking and an open fire. Great for chilling out.

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
Art, history and heritage of the Highlands.

Inverness Castle
This 19th Century castle at the heart of Inverness is the most recent of a succession of castles on this site since the 11th Century. Great views of Inverness, the Cathedral, the River Ness, the Moray firth and Ben Wyvis, the big mountain to the north.

Inverness Golf
Then, of course, there’s always the golf.
See ‘Golf’ in this section.









Local Craft and Art Galleries in the City of Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland
Local Craft and Art Galleries in the City of Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland


Inverness has a wide range of Art Galleries that are well worth investigating, including...

Castle Gallery, Inverness

Tore gallery, Muir of Ord
10 miles west of Inverness

Kilmorack gallery
13 miles west of Inverness, near Beauly.

Inchmore gallery
6 miles west of Inverness.

Beauly gallery
10 miles west of Inverness.

Riverside Gallery, Inverness






Bird Watching, Mountain Biking, Hill Walking, Paintball and other Highlands Outdoor Activities in the North of Scotland
Bird Watching, Mountain Biking, Hill Walking, Paintball and other Highlands Outdoor Activities in the North of Scotland
Watching dolphins
Here in the Moray Firth we have a large pod of resident bottlenose dolphins, which in the spring and summer are usually seen on a daily basis. Aside from going out in a boat, we’ve found that the best place to see them from the land is from Chanonry point at Fortrose to the north east of Inverness. They come to play and probably to feed in the tide race round the point......so time your visit carefully. You can also try a dolphin cruise with a number of local operators:
Dolphin Cruises from Inverness
Ecoventures from Cromarty
Dolphin Trips from Avoch
Based at North Kessock just on the north side of the Bridge, The Dolphin & Seal centre is a great place for learning all about the Moray Firth dolphins and if the tide is right, you have a good chance of seeing them too.

Birdwatching
Loch Ruthvenis the best place in the Highlands for watching the rare Slavonian Grebes during the spring and summer months. Osprey also regularly fish this loch. North shore of the Beauly Firth is a great place for watching geese, herons, various waders and waterfowl and raptors (look out for Red Kites).

The edges of Inverness overlooking the Beauly and Moray firths are great places, close to town, to watch waders and wildfowl.

South of Inverness, the high country of scattered lochs, farms and moor is great for spotting grouse, peregrine, buzzard, kestrel, little grebe, stonechat, lapwing, curlew, pipit, wheatear and many more.

Road biking.
If you are bringing your road bike then you will not be short of some wonderful rides on quiet roads.....and all starting and finishing from Inverness. Great road biking routes include the roads on the south side of Loch Ness, the Black Isle to the north of the city and out to Cromarty, and the Nairn valley to the east. It is easy to pick circular routes wherever you choose to go. Get yourself a map of the area and you’re away. Feel free to call Ed, the owner of Flat No.9, for some route suggestions if you like.

Mountain biking.
Inverness is a bit of a seventh heaven for off road mountain bikers. There are many routes to take from the town that carry you quickly off road and into the rough stuff. Feel free to call Ed Ley-Wilson , the owner of Flat No.9, for some route suggestions if you like. There are also a number of dedicated downhill mountain bike centres in the wider area too.

Laggan Wolftrax
Learnie Red Rock trails
Highland Wildcat trails in Golspie

Other types of outdoor activity

Bogbain farm
Quad biking, digger driving, clay pigeon shooting, archery...all sorts of activities for young and not-so-young alike.

Wildwoodz paintball centre
South of Inverness, tucked away in the woods, your chance to become a kid again.

Highland Wildlife park
Bison, boar, beaver, tiger, yak, panda and much much more.

Horse riding
Try Loch Ness riding at the village of Dores on the shores of South Loch Ness or Borlum riding centre in Drumnadrochit on the north shore of the Loch

Walking
The walking opportunities around the area are numerous and, for the more adventurous, the mountains of the west will beckon. However here are a few suggestions for some walks locally and, if you visit the Tourist Office just underneath the Castle in town, then you will be able to pick up some maps to help you find your way. For suggestions on some more knarly mountain walks, give Ed a call and he’ll be happy to make some suggestions.

River Ness islands
Gentle stroll through the picturesque islands on the Ness

Caledonian Canal

From the swing bridge to Dochgarroch Locks and back

Creag Phadrig
Up and round this ancient hilltop fort

Craig Dunain hill tracks
Any number of routes for you to choose with a wonderful view of Inverness from the mast at the top

Meall Fuar mhonaidh
700m strenuous hill climb from close to Drumnadrochit. Nothing technical, just a simple walk but you’ll need proper hill walking clothing. The view from the top over Loch Ness and the mountains to the west is breathtaking.

Dores beach
Pebble beach with woodland walks added on and the wonderful Dores Inn to collapse in afterwards.

Nairn beach
Ten miles to the east of Inverness, miles and miles of white sandy beach

Countryside Ranger events
Informative guided walks for all ages taken by friendly knowledgeable Rangers. Check out the website for details on what’s available.

Adventure Activities
If you want a real buzz then why not try your hand at canoeing, kayaking (yes, there’s a difference), gorge swimming, weaseling, abseiling, rock climbing, ice climbing, windsurfing or sailing.
The following operators will be able to help:
Boots n paddles
Loch Insh watersports
The Ice factor
Kushi adventures
Explore Loch Ness near Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland
Explore Loch Ness near Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland


A trip to Inverness is only half a trip without at least visiting Loch Ness and dipping your toe in the mysterious waters. Home of so many Loch Ness Monster stories and surrounded by some wonderful countryside, there is something for everyone with a trip to Loch Ness. Here are some suggestions as a starter:

South Loch Ness area.
This is an area of outstanding natural beauty with its scattered lochs, mature woods, sparse population, and rougher Highland feel. A great place to explore for a day with a map and a bike or car. Quite a few eateries dotted about to choose from too.








Loch Ness Monster exhibition centre

Based in Drumnadrochit on the north side of the Loch, this centre will tell you everything you’ve always wanted to know about Loch Ness. Nice pub in Drumnadrochit too.

Foyers Falls
20 miles out of town, on the south side of Loch Ness, the tiny village of Foyers nestles under the hill above the shores of the Loch. The nearby gorge houses the famous Foyers Falls (waterfall) and it’s a very easy well guided walk to get to them. In spate, they are a sight to behold.....take your camera!

Abriachan Garden Nursery
3 miles out of town, this nursery demonstrates what can be achieved in a garden this far north east.

Jacobite Cruises
Take a comfortable Jacobite cruise trip up the Caledonian Canal and on up Loch Ness to visit Urquhart Castle

Dores Inn
6 miles out of town on the south Loch Ness side, this wee treasure of a pub serves wonderful food in a modern relaxing atmosphere and, on a sunny day, you can eat and drink outside overlooking the Loch.
Highland Castles near Inverness - Urquhart Castle, Inverness Castle, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and more
Highland Castles near Inverness - Urquhart Castle, Inverness Castle, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and more
Urquhart Castle
Magnificent iconic setting on the shores of Loch Ness. To do this in style, you could link up with a Jacobite cruise to get here.

Cawdor Castle
Stately Castle and gardens not far to the east of Inverness in the lovely Nairn valley. Try linking this in with a trip to Nairn beach.

Inverness Castle
This 19 thC castle at the heart of Inverness is the most recent of a succession of castles on this site since the 11 thC. Great views of Inverness, the Cathedral, the River Ness, the Moray firth and Ben Wyvis, the big mountain to the north.

Brodie Castle
A bit further east than Cawdor castle, Brodie is a lovely spot and you could link this in with a trip to the Findhorn Foundation

Eilean Donan Castle
A bit of a drive to get here but this is the picture postcard Scottish castle that starred in the films Loch Ness and Braveheart. Well worth a day out with some fabulous driving through the mountains of the west towards the Isle of Skye.


Golf Holidays in Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland
Golf Holidays in Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland

Attractions and Activities in and around Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland
Attractions and Activities in and around Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland
The following attractions are all easy to visit as either a half or full day visit.

Culloden Battlefield
Final defeat for Bonnie Prince Charlie and the start of the Highland Clearances. Battlefield and visitors centre 6 miles east of Inverness.

Logie Steading
Chill out with arts and crafts, local produce, second hand books galore and a great cafe. A lovely spot to return to if you have been out walking in the area. 15 miles east of Inverness.

Findhorn Foundation
A spiritual community, ecovillage and an international centre for holistic education, the Findhorn Foundation demonstrates an alternative way of building communities. The eco village ecological footprint is half the national average! 35 miles east from Inverness.

Clava Cairns
4000 year old burial cairns beautifully preserved. 5 miles east of Inverness.




Glen Ord Distillery
Whisky distillery tour and shop. 15 miles north west from Inverness.

Beauly Priory
13th C priory in the pitoresque village of Beauly, 10 miles west of Inverness.

Beauly Corner on the Square.
A must-have eating experience if you visit Beauly. Try their seafood chowder.

Hugh Millers Cottage museum
Set in the picturesque Cromarty village overlooking the Cromarty firth, Hugh Miller, controversial 19th Century geologist is celebrated here in this museum. 23 miles north east from Inverness.


Ed or Leah Ley-Wilson +44(0)1456 486642 (anytime) or +44(0)1456 486735 (business hours)