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Visitor Information - Inverness & Nairn

History and Heritage



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Inverness and Nairn:  Accommodation

Only recently was Inverness given 'city' status, though it has always been regarded as the 'capital' of the Highlands. It marks the northern end of the Great Glen and has a bustling city centre.

To the east of Inverness is Culloden Moor scene of the famous battle which spelt the end of the Jacobite uprising. Further along the Moray Firth is the resort town of Nairn. The Great Glen itself runs south west from Inverness. Loch Ness is just few miles away and Fort Augustus sits at its southern end.


Historic Buildings and Castles:

Fort Augustus Abbey

Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus was built by the Duke of Cumberland after his victory at Culloden as part of a defensive line down the Great Glen. The Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1876.

Fort George

Ardeseir, near Inverness. A huge artillery fortification built on the Moray Firth coast.

Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle

Cawdor, near Nairn. Built for the Thanes of Cawdor some 600 years ago and, of course, the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

Maintained by Historic Scotland, Urquhart Castle sits proudly on the shore of Loch Ness and is a much-photographed landmark.


Museums and Galleries:

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Wynd, Inverness. Displays and exhibitions depicting Highland heritage, archaeology, art, natural and local history.

Nairn Museum

Nairn Museum

Viewfield House, Viewfield Drive. Local history, particularly the fishing industry and associated heritage. Archaeology and geology.

Bank Streeet, Inverness. Contemporary art in an award-winning gallery. Crafts gallery, artists' prints, artwork, jewellry, ceramics and textiles.

The Clansman Centre

The Clansman Centre

Fort Augustus. Clan museum with presentations and displays of Highland life. Weapon demonstrations. Craft shop.

Cromarty Courthouse Museum

Cromarty Courthouse Museum

Interpretation includes a reconstructed trial in the 18th century courtroom, children's costumes, prison cells, a video presentation of 800 years of Cromarty's history, artefacts, high quality display panels, an audio tape tour of the older part of the town and leaflets for walks in and around Cromarty.


Parks and Gardens:

Whin Park

Inverness. Boating pond, childrens' play area, mini railway.

Culbin Sands

Culbin Sands and Forest, near Nairn. An RSPB reserve on the coast with forest walks and a cycle trail.

Highland & Rare Breeds Croft

Auchterawe Road, Fort Augustus. Red deer, Highland cattle and rare breeds of sheep and goats plus many others. Guided tours available.

Drum Farm Centre

Drum Farm Centre

Drumnadrochit. Indoor sandpit and play areas for children, trampoline, tractors and trailer rides.


Visitor Attractions:

Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre

Fort Augustus, near the flight of lochs. History of the canal and associated exhibits.


Culloden battlefield and visitor centre. The battle in 1746 marked the end of the Uprising. Jacobite exhibition and displays.

Highland Wineries

Moniack Castle, Kirkhill, near Beauly. Tour of wine and liqueur making and tasting.

Loch Ness 2000

The official Loch Ness Monster exhibition, Drumnadrochit. Graphics, animations, special effects and simulations.

Loch Ness


Sport & Leisure:


Nairn Golf Club

Nairn Golf Club. This Traditional Scottish Golf Links Course was created on the shores of the Moray Firth from a Highland wilderness of whins and heather.

Nairn Leisure Park

Indoor pool and steam room. Outdoor games and activities include table tennis, putting and adventure play area.


Bught Park, Inverness. The Aquadome and Sports Centre has a wave pool, outdoor pool, flumes and spa pool. Health suite and sports centre.


Caley Cruisers, Inverness. Motor cruisers available for hire. Cruise Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal. No experience necessary as full instruction given.




John O'Groats Ferries organises day tours to the Orkney Islands from Inverness.

Loch Ness

Discover Loch Ness. An all-year-round guided tour on the natural history, mystery and heritage of the area departing daily from the centre of Inverness.


Car Hire:

Sharps Reliable Wrecks

Rental for cars, vans, mpv's, 4x4 and motorhomes.
tel: 01463 236684

Hawco Volkswagen Rental

tel: 01463 236111



Chisholms Highland Dress

Inverness. Beneath the shadow of Inverness Castle, Chisholms have gathered together a unique range of tartans, tweeds and Highland dress accessories that's second to none.

Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre

Inverness. Stocks a wide range of kilts, highland dress and accessories.


Selected Accommodation in Inverness and Nairn


Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Covenanters Inn, Nairn
Maple Court Hotel, Inverness
Bunchrew House Hotel, Inverness
Heathmount Hotel, Inverness
Best Western Palace Hotel, Inverness
Loch Ness Lodge, Bracla, Drumnadrochit
Glendruidh House Hotel, Inverness
Inch Hotel, Fort Augustus
Priory Hotel, Beauly
Drumossie Hotel, Inverness
Palace Hotel, Inverness

Cawdor House, Nairn
The Ness GH, Inverness
Iona Guest House, Inverness
Waverley GH, Inverness
Acorn GH, Inverness

Tigh Na Bruach, Invermoriston
Deer View, Whitebridge
Alba B&B, Inverness
Aonach Mor Apartment, Fort Augustus
Greenlawns, Nairn
Glen Rowan, Drumnadrochit
Corrie Liath, Fort Augustus
Ardmeanach, Inverness
Craik Na Dav, Invermoriston
Achneim House, Daviot
Invernevis B&B, Inverness
Averon House, Inverness
Kettle House, Fort Augustus
Balcroydon B&B, Inverness
Braehead B&B, Inverness
Craignay Guest House, Inverness
Kilcumin B&B, Inverness
Carbisdale B&B, Inverness
Flowerburn B&B, Nairn
Caledonian House, Fort Augustus
Tigh Mhor B&B, Beauly
Morlea B&B, Drumnadrochit

Self Catering



Courtyard Apartment, Inverness
Golf View Apartment, Inverness
Highland Rest, Inverness
Ackron Self Catering, Nairn
Tordarroch Wing, Farr, Daviot
Kahu Retreat, Nairn
Culloden Stables, Inverness
Beaufort Lodge, Inverness
Canalside Cottage, Inverness
405 By the Bridge, Inverness
Slaters Arms Cabins, Cannich
Crown Villa, Inverness
Croft House Apartment, Beauly
The Birches Apartment, Daviot
Balmore House, Cannich
Lochletter Lodges, Drumnadrochit
Broadstone Park Apartment, Inverness
Riverside Apartment, Inverness
149 Old Town Road, Inverness
Torcroft Lodges, Glenurquhart
Riverside Cottages, Farr, Inverness
The Old Mill, Cannich
Hidden Glen Holidays, Nairn
Craignay Chalet, Inverness
Carnach Cottage, Drumnadrochit

Dunmore Caravans, Beauly

Loch Ness Hostel, Drumnadrochit

Serviced Apartments



Highland Apartments, Inverness




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