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The Top 7 Things to Do and See in Inverness
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The Top 7 Things to Do and See in Inverness

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Updated: 9 February 2017
This northeast-Scotland city is buzzing with history, easily-accessible nature, culture, and more. Read on for the seven most interesting things you must not neglect to do and see while in Inverness.
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Explore the Caledonian Canal

Widely considered to be one of the most impressive waterways in the world, this 100 km canal begins in Inverness and runs across the Great Glen, a fault-line in the earth’s crust. The canal was designed in the 19th century by Thomas Telford and today is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and the towpaths are well worth exploring on foot or on bicycle on a sunny day.

The Caledonian Canal, Beauly Firth, Inverness, United Kingdom

Caledonian Canal | © TwoWings/WikiCommons
Caledonian Canal | © TwoWings/WikiCommons
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Learn about the Battle of Culloden

Culloden Moor, the site of the bloody final battle of the 1745 Jacobite Rising, is just a short drive out of the city. The new Culloden Battlefield visitor center features interactive historical exhibitions for all ages, a ‘battle zone’ simulation, and even an audio guide to accompany a walk around the battlefield.

Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Inverness, United Kingom, +44 844 493 2159

Culloden Battlefield | © Daveahern/WikiCommons
Culloden Battlefield | © Daveahern/WikiCommons
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See a show at the Eden Court Theatre

This striking work of contemporary architecture was originally opened in the 1970s and was recently renovated and reopened to feature two Grade A Listed theater spaces, as well as another theater, two cinemas, drama and dance studios, and dressing rooms. Whether opera, musicals, films, or dramatic theater is your cup of tea, there is something for everyone at Eden Court Theatre.

Eden Court Theatre Inverness, Bishops Road, Inverness, United Kingdom, +44 146 323 4234

Eden Court Theatre | © dave conner/WikiCommons
Eden Court Theatre | © dave conner/WikiCommons
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Keep an eye out for Nessie at Loch Ness

A trip to Inverness wouldn’t be complete without checking out the shores of Loch Ness, the largest freshwater body of water by volume in Britain. Drive along the northern shore for a view of Castle Urquhart, and don’t forget to look out for the storied mythical Loch Ness Monster.

Loch Ness, Inverness, United Kingdom

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Immerse yourself in history at Cawdor Castle

Famous for its appearance in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Cawdor Castle dates back to the 1300s, when it was built by the Thanes of Cawdor as a private fortress and is still owned by the Cawdor family today. After touring the interior, don’t miss the impeccably maintained gardens, the golf course, and the nature trails which encircle the castle.

Cawdor Castle, Cawdor, Nairn, United Kingdom, +44 1667 404401

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Sip on whisky at Glen Ord Distillery

This distillery, which originated in the mid-19th century, is just a short bus ride from Inverness. Book a tasting tour, where you can learn all about the process of making Glen Ord’s signature malt whisky, for which they malt their own barley, and taste various aged varieties.

Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord, United Kingdom, +44 1463 872004

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Go dolphin watching

The Dolphin and Seal Centre at North Kessock is open seven days a week in the summer, and provides excellent Bottle-nose Dolphin watching opportunities. Take a short bus from the Inverness city center and experience one of the best locations in the world for watching these majestic creatures.

Dolphin and Seal Centre, North Kessock, Inverness, United Kingdom, +44 1343 820339