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Inverness Cathedral (St. Andrew's Cathedral) Tours

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Inverness Cathedral (St. Andrew's Cathedral)
With its imposing pink sandstone turrets presiding over the River Ness, Inverness Cathedral (St. Andrew's Cathedral or, less commonly, the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew) is one of the most striking of the city’s many churches. The 19th-century Gothic-style structure is conspicuously spire-free. Though architect Alexander Ross put them in his original design, they had to be scrapped due to lack of funds.

The Basics
Because of its prominent riverside position, Inverness Cathedral is hard to miss. Most visitors glimpse it only from outside, but it is possible to venture inside the cathedral and soak up the serenity of the hushed interior. Walking and coach sightseeing tours of the so-called Highland capital pass by Inverness Cathedral, as well as other local landmarks such as Inverness Castle. The cathedral also features as a stop on hop-on hop-off bus tours of Inverness. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The cathedral is a must-see for architecture fans. 
  • Part of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the cathedral is still an active site of worship, so be respectful of parishioners as you explore. 
  • Listen for the cathedral’s bells; they are regularly rung to announce services.
  • The cathedral is wheelchair accessible. 

How to Get There
Inverness Cathedral is located on the west bank of the River Ness, about a 15-minute walk from Inverness rail and bus stations, which offer connections to other parts of Scotland, including Edinburgh and Glasgow. Local buses stop at nearby King Street, a 3-minute walk away from the cathedral. 

When to Get There
The cathedral is open daily and is rarely crowded outside of service times. If you want to hear the cathedral choir sing, attend the 11am Sunday service, or the Sunday choral evensong, which takes place at 5:30pm once a month. 

Highlights of the Cathedral
As you explore the cathedral, look out for several noteworthy design details and artworks. Among the most eye-catching adornments are the carved stone capitals at the entrance, which are decorated with images of foliage, flowers, and birds. Inside, you’ll see the five 19th-century Russian icons that depict biblical characters such as Jesus Christ, the Trinity, and various saints. These icons were gifts given to British Anglican Bishop Robert Eden, the Bishop of Moray, Ross, and Caithness, by Tsar Alexander II.
Address: 15 Ardross Street, Inverness, The Scottish Highlands IV3 5NS, Scotland
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Inverness City Centre Walking Tour

Inverness City Centre Walking Tour

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This tour is a must do on a visit to Inverness. Meaning "Mouth of the River Ness", Inverness is surrounded by the river and other natural beauty. It is the capital of the Highlands and therefore acts as a main shopping, entertainment and travel centre for the North of Scotland. On this 1.5 hour tour, you will explore the history and modern culture of Inverness. You'll learn about how the city has grown from its humble beginnings into officially the happiest city in Scotland. This is a family-friendly, leisurely stroll around the city. Key sights: Inverness Castle Eden Court Inverness Cathedral River Ness The Old Town House Old High Church Balnain House and many more hidden gems too
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.61
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Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness

Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness

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This biking tour around Inverness takes you to more places than you'd see on foot and to places that buses and cars cannot reach. The Waterways Tour rides along the River Ness and The Caledonian Canal, making many stops along the way to learn about the area from your guide who has lived in Inverness all their life.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Loch Ness Tour from Inverness with Pick up

Half-Day Loch Ness Tour from Inverness with Pick up

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This Half-Day GoHighlands Loch Ness Tour from Inverness promises to be fun, wide awake and full of interesting sections of history. Safe and easy on the feet not a lot of walking just history, Culture and a relaxing time on board. Kick back and let your driver guide take you there.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Inverness: Gateway to the Highlands Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Inverness: Gateway to the Highlands Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Kilts, bagpipes, Gaelic, clans and hot Jacobites (I'm looking at you, Jamie Fraser) - so many of our Scottish stereotypes come from the Highlands. Inverness has always been the capital of the Highlands, the gateway between the Highland and Lowland communities. Yet Inverness has a complicated relationship with its Highland heritage. On this tour, you will delve into that relationship through ancient legends, invented traditions and a battle about a cheese. This audio tour takes you on a 3km walk around the highlights of the town. It takes an hour without stopping but you can pause the tour whenever you choose. The audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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  • 1 hour
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Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness, incl. Outlander sites

Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness, incl. Outlander sites

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This Half-Day GoHighlands Loch Ness Tour from Inverness promises to be fun, wide awake and full of interesting sections of history. Safe and easy on the feet not a lot of walking just history, Culture and a relaxing time on board. Kick back and let your driver guide take you there.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore historic Inverness along the banks of the lovely River Ness on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 24-hour pass, create your own adventure with 11 possible stops including Abertarff House, Caledonian Canal, Merkinch Nature Reserve and Inverness Castle. As you travel via double-decker coach learn about the city’s history and culture from your expert guide.
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  • 1 hour
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South Highlands from Inverness

South Highlands from Inverness

A fabulous round trip from Inverness, taking in some spectacular scenery and a variety of stops along the way.
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  • 8 hours
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$624.39
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Winter Tour of the Highlands of Scotland from Inverness

Winter Tour of the Highlands of Scotland from Inverness

Exploring our beautiful countryside and historical sites either surrounded by the ever changing autumn colours or crisp winter days is a fantastic experience. We can tailor this tour to your preferred stops. Scotland's Highland Tours are open all year and this tour gives you the opportunity to be privately guided and driven to some of the areas best locations, even in winter! With an increased chance of seeing deer on tour and maybe also the spectacular Aurora Borealis one late night whilst sipping on a malt.
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  • 6 hours
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$438.40
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Legendary Loch Ness Round Tour

Legendary Loch Ness Round Tour

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Enjoy a 4 to 5 hour trip to get a flavor of the lush hills and glens in and around the world famous and mysterious Loch Ness. Experience tastes of this unique culture, history and landscape. The small-group tour will be in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus that seats up to 8 people. Relax with your professional, Scottish, tour guide, Johnny, as he takes you on a journey all the way round Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit, Urquhart castle, Inverness cathedral and what better way to complete your tour than with a visit to Inverness Castle
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$131.52
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Bubble Tour: Inverness Walking Tour

Bubble Tour: Inverness Walking Tour

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Inverness, the administrative and cultural capital of the Highlands, became Scotland's fifth city as part of the millennium celebrations. Affectionately called "Inversneckie" by the locals, the city lies at the north end of the Great Glen, where the River Ness flows into the Moray Firth. The city has a number of historic buildings, prominent landmarks and wonderful sights and has been a natural focus for lines of communication to and through the Highlands for the last two thousand years. Inverness is officially the happiest city in Scotland and we will try our best to help you to transform into a local during our private walking tour that will take you to the town's famous and lesser known landmarks and to some of our happy places like "The Salad Bar". You will also hear about the sons and daughters of the town and the life in Inverness then and now. Highlights: - Inverness Castle - River Ness - Old High Kirk - Abertarff House - Inverness Town House - and a few hidden gems
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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GHD Clan Tour of Loch Ness (Round Trip)

GHD Clan Tour of Loch Ness (Round Trip)

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There is no better way to see and hear about the views, culture and history as you travel the whole way round the Famous Loch (and it is a loch not a lake) than from a kilted Highlander. On this tour George will transport you through time and back again.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$159.42
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Loch Ness Inverness Tour

Loch Ness Inverness Tour

For a minimum of 4 hours, you can customise this tour however you want. The highlights of going round Loch Ness have been described, it is up to you how much of these places you want to stop at!
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  • 6 hours
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$371.98
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