Scottish Highlands & Inverness: What Not To Miss

No matter if you have arrived by cruise ship, train, bus or car these are places you don’t what to miss in Inverness and the Scottish Highlands.

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Scottish Highlands ©MDHarding

What Not To Miss In Inverness and the Scottish Highlands

Cawdor Castle

The family home – Cawdor Castle for more than 200 years, dating back to the period of Macbeth and is also the ancestral home of the Campbells. The castle is built around the 12th-century tower, which has a legendary holly tree. Stroll through the landscaped gardens, enjoy a sweet treat at the cafe and shop to your hearts’ delight in the gift shops.

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Cawdor Castle ©MDHarding

Battle of Culloden Visitor Site

One of the most poignant locations in Scotland, discover where the brutal Battle of Culloden in 1745 took place. Walk the old Inverness road where the coloured flags mark the battlefield site. The site has a modern visitor centre with interactive displays, gift shop and cafe.

Battle of Culloden Site
Battle of Culloden Site ©MDHarding

Clava Cairn

The prehistoric sacred Clava Cairn site dates back 4,000 years with its well-maintained and preserved stone structures. It is free to enter but please do be mindful of your surroundings.

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Balnuaran of Clava ©MDHarding

Fort George

The large 18th-century Fort George fortress standing to the northeast of Inverness was built by George II. Said to be the largest fortification site in Britain and possibly even in Europe. Today it is still an active military barracks home to the British Army for more than 250 years. Today you can walk the site which is the size of five football pitches, has the largest military museum (Highlanders Regiment) outside of Edinburgh and step back in time within an old barrack room.  On a clear day look out for Dolphins!

Fort George,scottish highlands,scotland
Fort George ©MDHarding

Loch Ness

Loch Ness covers 37 kilometres (23 miles) from Fort Augustus in the south, up past Drumnadrochit in the north. The deep body of water has been famed for its historic sightings of Nessie a large water monster or perhaps a Plesiosauria! While visiting Loch Ness don’t miss a visit to Urquhart Castle, a boat trip to see Nessie and Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition with state of the art exhibitions showing the formation of Loch Ness and it’s legendary monster.

Loch Ness Monster,scottish highlands,scotland
The Loch Ness Monster ©MDHarding

There are some great cruises around the British Isles that stop off in really scenic destinations, full of history and culture. If a cruise isn’t for you why not hire a motorhome rental or car hire to explore Scotland. If travelling during the peak months (June – September) please do book your accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment.

I Hope you have enjoyed reading and inspired to visit. As always, I would love to hear from you with any comments/questions. You can get in touch via the comment section below. Until next time…Happy Travels:) x

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