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Things to do in Inverness

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Concert Hall
“Great theatre located in Inverness. They have a lot of shows and occasionally show old films. They also host a film festival. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
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“Live Scottish Music every night! Very busy at the weekend, with a great atmosphere.”
  • 69 locals recommend
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“A firm favourite. If you are here in the summer months, try and get a table upstairs on the terrace.”
  • 56 locals recommend
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“Rocpool is a lovely restaurant with excellent local produce, especially seafood, fish and game (fresh in season, frozen otherwise). www.rocpoolrestaurant.com. Not to be confused with the Rocpool Reserve, which is also very good but rather more formal and expensive!”
  • 52 locals recommend
Museum
“Local museum on two floors showing the ancient and modern history of Inverness. It's free to get in and there are a few hands on stations for kids.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
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“Upmarket restaurant, can be busy so would recommend booking a table in advance. Walking distance from flat.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Nature
“A beautiful castle in the heart of the city. Highly recommend going out at night when the entire castle is lite up for a nice walk along the river ”
  • 24 locals recommend
English Restaurant
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“Excellent food using local ingredients. Fantastic views of River Ness. Book in advance especially if you would like a window seat.”
  • 31 locals recommend
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“Why not add the Castle Tavern to your eating and drinking places. The outside seating area provides a wonderful spot to view the castle and the comings and goings of inverness. The food and drink served is also delicious. Well worth a visit”
  • 22 locals recommend
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“Johnny Foxes is great for a drink early on or if you like live music head there later in the night. Only a short walk to and from The Loft.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bicycle Store
“Velocity is a community enterprise cafe and bicycle workshop. Their aim is to inspire more folk to cycle and lead a healthy, happy lifestyle. Great food, great coffee and great ethos!”
  • 23 locals recommend
City
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“Turn right out the front door. Walk to the end of the street, cross the road at Celt Street and walk straight along King Street. Cross the road at Greig Street and continue along King Street. Tesco is at the end of the street on the right.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The place where you'll find all your typical high street shops in an American-style mall. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Purchase tickets for this very well run cruise of either the Caledonian Canal AND Loch Ness with a stop off at Urquhart Castle or alternatively pick the ferry up at The Clansman Hotel on the shores of the loch for the Loch and Castle visit only.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Lodging
“If you’re looking to try our local beer and have the best organic pizza - then this is the place to come. It’s very popular with the locals and visitors too. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Cinema
“You'll need to get a bus or drive as it's a couple of miles out of town, but always has all the recent movies. There's Pizza Hut, Frankie and Benny's and Nando's if you need something to eat too”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“A firm favourite. If you are here in the summer months, try and get a table upstairs on the terrace.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Rocpool is a lovely restaurant with excellent local produce, especially seafood, fish and game (fresh in season, frozen otherwise). www.rocpoolrestaurant.com. Not to be confused with the Rocpool Reserve, which is also very good but rather more formal and expensive!”
  • 52 locals recommend
Café
“Upmarket restaurant, can be busy so would recommend booking a table in advance. Walking distance from flat.”
  • 28 locals recommend
English Restaurant
“Excellent food using local ingredients. Fantastic views of River Ness. Book in advance especially if you would like a window seat.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Pub
“Why not add the Castle Tavern to your eating and drinking places. The outside seating area provides a wonderful spot to view the castle and the comings and goings of inverness. The food and drink served is also delicious. Well worth a visit”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pub
“Johnny Foxes is great for a drink early on or if you like live music head there later in the night. Only a short walk to and from The Loft.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Serves amazing cocktails!! Also serves food. Reserving a table is recommended as it is always very busy, even during the day on a Saturday.”
  • 11 locals recommend
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“This popular bar in the city centre is lively and has regular live and traditional music.”
  • 12 locals recommend

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