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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 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…
Brasserie in Inverness

Contrast Brasserie

Book early for what we think is one of the best-value restaurants in Inverness – a dining room that drips designer style, with smiling professional staff and truly delicious food prepared using fresh Scottish produc…
Bistro in Inverness

Mustard Seed

The menu at this bright and bustling bistro changes weekly, but focuses on Scottish and French cuisine with a modern twist. Grab a table on the upstairs balcony if you can – it’s the best outdoor lunch spot in Inver…
Theatre in Inverness

Eden Court Theatre

The Highlands’ main cultural venue – with theatre, art-house cinema and a conference centre – Eden Court stages a busy program of drama, dance, comedy, music, film and children’s events, and has a good bar and resta…
Modern Scottish in Inverness

Kitchen Brasserie

This spectacular glass-fronted restaurant offers a great menu of top Scottish produce with a Mediterranean or Asian touch, and a view over the River Ness – try to get a table upstairs. Great value two-course lunch (…
Mediterranean in Inverness

Rocpool

Lots of polished wood, crisp white linen and leather booths and banquettes lend a nautical air to this relaxing bistro, which offers a Mediterranean-influenced menu that makes the most of quality Scottish produce, e…
Live Music in Inverness

Hootananny

Hootananny is the city’s best live-music venue, with traditional folk- and/or rock-music sessions nightly, including big-name bands from all over Scotland (and, indeed, the world). The bar is well stocked with a ran…
Bar in Inverness

Johnny Foxes

Stuck beneath the ugliest building on the riverfront, Johnny Foxes is a big and boisterous Irish bar with a wide range of food served all day and live music nightly. Part of the premises, the Den, is a smart cocktai…
Indian in Inverness

Sam’s Indian Cuisine

The stylish decor in Sam’s is a cut above your average curry shop, and so is the food – lots of fresh and flavoursome spices and herbs make dishes such as jeera chicken (cooked with cumin seed) really zing. Wash it …