Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Inverness

Ness Islands

The main attraction in Inverness is a leisurely stroll along the river to the Ness Islands. Planted with mature Scots pine, fir, beech and sycamore, and linked to the river banks and each other by elegant Victorian …
Top Choice Scottish in Loch Ness

Dores Inn

The Dores Inn is a beautifully restored country pub furnished with old church seating, local landscape paintings and fresh flowers. The menu specialises in quality Scottish produce, from haggis, neeps and tatties, a…
Top Choice Bistro in Inverness

Café 1

Café 1 is a friendly, appealing bistro with candlelit tables amid elegant blonde-wood and wrought-iron decor. There is an international menu based on quality Scottish produce, from Aberdeen Angus steaks to crisp pan…
Top Choice Cafe in Beauly

Corner on the Square

Beauly's best lunch spot is this superb little delicatessen and cafe that serves breakfast (till 11.30am), daily lunch specials (11.30am to 4.30pm) and excellent coffee.
Nature Reserve in Strathglass & Glen Affric

Glen Affric National Nature Reserve

Glen Affric, one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland, extends deep into the hills beyond Cannich. The upper reaches of the glen are designated the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, a scenic wonderland of shim…
Microbrewery in Drumnadrochit

Benleva Hotel

Set in an 18th-century manse a half-mile east of the main road, the Benleva is a rough diamond of a pub – a bit frayed around the edges but with a heart of gold. The beer is the main event, with a selection of real …
Castle in Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle

Commanding a superb location 1.5 miles east of Drumnadrochit, with outstanding views (on a clear day), Urquhart Castle is a popular Nessie-hunting hot spot. A huge visitor centre (most of which is beneath ground lev…
Fortress in Inverness & the Great Glen

Fort George

One of the finest artillery fortifications in Europe, Fort George was established in 1748 in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, as a base for George II's army of occupation in the Highlands. By the time of its…
Museum in Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

This Nessie-themed attraction adopts a scientific approach that allows you to weigh the evidence for yourself. Exhibits include the original equipment – sonar survey vessels, miniature submarines, cameras and sedime…
Museum in Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Visitor Centre

This impressive visitor centre has everything you need to know about the Battle of Culloden in 1746, including the lead-up and the aftermath, with perspectives from both sides. An innovative film puts you on the bat…