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How to Spend 2 Days in Inverness

How to Spend 2 Days in Inverness

Situated along the River Ness at the end of the Great Glen, Inverness is a picturesque town surrounded by medieval ruins, prehistoric sites, and the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. With two days, you’ll have time to enjoy the city highlights and venture out into the countryside. Here are options for two days in Inverness. 

Day 1: City Sights & Outlander Tours

**Morning:**Start your day at the Inverness Victorian Market, then head to the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre, where you can try on kilts and learn about the history of traditional Scottish attire. Take a walking tour to the top historic sites, like Inverness Castle and Abertarff House, or explore the city on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. 

**Afternoon:**Outlander, the wildly popular book and TV series, was inspired by the historic sites and landscapes outside Inverness. Take an Outlander-themed tour, and visit filming locations and historic sites like the Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns, an ancient cemetery complete with standing stones, just outside the city.  

**Night:**Head to Inverness Castle to watch the sunset over the River Ness, and enjoy dinner at one of the cozy restaurants alongside the banks of the river. Finish the evening with some traditional Scottish music at one of Old Town’s historic pubs. 

Day 2: Loch Ness and the Black Isle

**Morning:**No visit to Inverness is complete without a visit to Loch Ness. Tours of the loch from Inverness often include a boat cruise and tour of Urquhart Castle. You can also rent a bike and explore the shores of Loch Ness at your own pace.  

**Afternoon:**Spend the afternoon exploring the Black Isle peninsula, known for its food and drink scene and for being one of the best spots in Scotland to spot bottlenose dolphins. Several full-day tours from Inverness combine a visit to Loch Ness with a tour of the Black Isle. 

**Night:**Conclude your day with a tour of the Glen Ord Distillery on the Black Isle before heading back to Inverness to sample the microbrews at the Black Isle Brewery. You can also catch an opera performance, ballet, or musical at the Eden Court theatre.

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Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield from Inverness

Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield from Inverness

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Immerse yourself in Scotland’s spectacular natural landscapes on a day tour of the Scottish Highlands from Inverness. In a small group limited to eight, visit Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster at Chanonry Point. Plus, stop at the Clava Cairns (Stones of Clava), Culloden Battlefield, and Glen Ord Whisky Distillery.
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  • 8 hours
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Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky

Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky

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Celebrate Scotland’s gems with a full-day Highlands and whisky tour from Inverness. Visit the hilly Black Isle peninsula, speckled with prosperous farms, the ancient village of Cromarty and Chanonry Point to watch playful bottlenose dolphins. Honor the historic whisky-producing region with a stop at Glen Ord Distillery for a tour and sample. Cap your day at Loch Ness for a chance to spot the elusive monster, Nessie.
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  • 8 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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The Best of the Black Isle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

The Best of the Black Isle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Discover the beauty of the Black Isle during this full-day small-group tour from Inverness. Visit landmarks like the Black Isle Brewery, the small villages of Rosemarkie and Cromarty, and go dolphin spotting in the beautiful bay. Learn more about ancient Celtic traditions as you explore this picturesque area of northern Scotland with a maximum of 16 passengers per tour.
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  • 8 hours
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Cycle To Loch Ness - Self Guided

Cycle To Loch Ness - Self Guided

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Explore Loch Ness at your own pace on this independent 1-day cycle tour from Inverness. Hop on your bike in Bellfield Park and — with your map and directions to hand — head into rural Scotland toward Loch Ness. Head along winding country roads at your leisure and enjoy fine views over the countryside scenery. Spin through the peaceful village of Dores to the banks of Loch Ness, then perhaps enjoy lunch in a local café before strolling along the shoreline. Bike hire, map and directions are included on this tour.
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  • 1 day
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Cruise the Caledonian Canal, Sail on Loch Ness and View Urquhart Castle

Cruise the Caledonian Canal, Sail on Loch Ness and View Urquhart Castle

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Seek out Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, on a 2-hour cruise from Dochgarroch Lock. The boat is fitted with a special Nessie sonar, but if the elusive monster doesn’t show up, the area's other sights will charm you instead. Pass along the Caledonian Canal into Loch Ness to see Urquhart Castle, Bona Lighthouse, and the crash site of a World War II bomber. You'll learn about the loch’s history and legends as you cruise.
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