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Perched atop a hill by the River Ness, this Victorian-era red sandstone castle—built to replace the medieval fortress blown up by the Jacobites in 1746—is one of Inverness’ most prominent historic structures. Access to the castle, now occupied by government offices and law courts, is restricted but the grounds are open to the public.

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City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore historic Inverness along the banks of the lovely River Ness on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 24-hour pass, create your own adventure with 11 possible stops including Abertarff House, Caledonian Canal, Merkinch Nature Reserve and Inverness Castle. As you travel via double-decker coach learn about the city’s history and culture from your expert guide.
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  • 45 to 55 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.56
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$13.56

Inverness City Centre Walking Tour

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Inverness City Centre Walking Tour

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Many visitors rush through Inverness on their way to the Highlands. This guided walking tour ensures that you don't make the same mistake of missing out on its many attractions. In a small group, you'll visit such landmarks as Inverness Castle, the Inverness Cathedral and Balnain House, as well as some hidden gems, all while you guide fills you in on the history of the Highland capital.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness

Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness

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This biking tour around Inverness takes you to more places than you'd see on foot and to places that buses and cars cannot reach. The Waterways Tour rides along the River Ness and The Caledonian Canal, making many stops along the way to learn about the area from your guide who has lived in Inverness all their life.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.89
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3-Day Isle of Skye Inverness Highlands and Glenfinnan Viaduct Tour from Edinburgh
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3-Day Isle of Skye Inverness Highlands and Glenfinnan Viaduct Tour from Edinburgh

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Explore the Scottish Highlands with this three-day tour from Edinburgh. Skip the hassle of a rental car and kick back in an air-conditioned coach with a local guide. Hear stories of Scotland’s history as you visit the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and Inverness. This tour offers an immersive experience into one of the most scenic areas of the Scottish countryside.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$187.06
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The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness

The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness

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Take a break from the city on a full-day trip through the Isle of Skye with convenient round-trip transport from central Inverness. In addition to navigating, your guide offers commentary about the area’s top landmarks, including Eilean Donan Castle, Portree, and the Old Man of Storr. Bring your camera: This trip offers endless panoramic views of Scotland’s natural landscape.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.42
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Loch Ness Cruise and Outlander Day Tour from Inverness

Loch Ness Cruise and Outlander Day Tour from Inverness

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Get out of town and into the scenic countryside—without the hassle of driving—on this guided tour from Inverness. Head for the famed Loch Ness, where you will join a cruise to view the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Enjoy some free time in Beauly and visit Culloden battlefield.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tour 2 Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness

Tour 2 Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness

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Save hours researching and planning a Scottish Highlands itinerary, and go on an action-packed bus tour instead. Starting from Invergordon, travel with ease between dispersed sites including Clava Cairns, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness Castle, Urquhart Castle, and Beauty Priory. It’s the ideal tour for travelers with limited time who want to see multiple highlights in a day.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.84
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Original Walking Tours in Inverness City Centre

Original Walking Tours in Inverness City Centre

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Take a walk with Cath, a local to the area, and an experienced and qualified tourist guide around her beautiful city of Inverness. A Walk Inverness tour contains lots of local history, beautiful scenery, architecture, and romantic (yet sometimes bloody) tales which have over time, shaped Inverness into the thriving city that stands today. In the true spirit of Outlander, find out more about the short but final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising, The Battle of Culloden in 1746, in which the fate of between 1500 Jacobites was sealed by a poor decision and a hostile terrain. Cath will fascinate you with references to Outlander along with life in 18th century Inverness right up to the present day. Sharing stories of clan history, folklore and legends. Step even further back in time to 565 AD and learn about St Columba’s visit to the Highlands.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.56
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Terribly Good Tales : The Inverness Walking Tour

Terribly Good Tales : The Inverness Walking Tour

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On this tour you will learn about Inverness’ fascinating and rich history, as well as being thoroughly entertained with lesser-known stories and light-hearted anecdotes! You will hear: gruesome tales of kidnap, slavery and battles; amusing anecdotes about our infamous Loch Ness monster; legends of witches, body snatchers and prophets; and the story of the cheese battle! Your local guide will keep you enthralled from start to finish as you have a leisurely walk around the picturesque town centre, ticking off all of the key sights and seeing them in a completely different light.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.33
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Bubble Tour: Inverness Walking Tour
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Bubble Tour: Inverness Walking Tour

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Folklore, Castles & Our Happy Places The Highlands and Islands are officially the happiest place to live in Scotland. As a result, Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, has repeatedly been crowned the happiest city in Scotland. On our private walking tour of „Inversneckie", we will help you transforming into one of these happy locals. Our tour will take you to the town's famous and lesser-known landmarks and to some of our happy places like „The Salad Bar". You will also hear about the sons and daughters of the town and the life in Inverness then and now.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Invergordon Shore Excursion: Inverness City, Cawdor Castle and Whisky Tour

Invergordon Shore Excursion: Inverness City, Cawdor Castle and Whisky Tour

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Explore the Scottish Highlands without the stress of planning on a full day tour with convenient transport from your cruise ship docked at Invergordon Cruise Port. In addition to navigating, your guide offers on-board commentary and anecdotes about each stop on the itinerary, from the 15th-century Cawdor Castle to the infamous Loch Ness. The day includes free time for lunch and a whisk distillery tour and tasting (own expenses).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.49
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GHD Clan Tour of Loch Ness (Round Trip)

GHD Clan Tour of Loch Ness (Round Trip)

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There is no better way to see and hear about the views, culture and history as you travel the whole way round the Famous Loch (and it is a loch not a lake) than from a kilted Highlander. On this tour George will transport you through time and back again.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$134.20
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Discovering Inverness: An audio tour exploring the capital of the Highlands

Discovering Inverness: An audio tour exploring the capital of the Highlands

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Join your professional guide, Andrew Baxter, as he takes you on this self guided audio tour through ancient history. Go back to a time when an almost mythical tribe made Inverness their capital, before following in the footsteps of a Celtic saint who stopped the Loch Ness Monster in her steps. Discover the strange soothsayer with an obsession with bridges as you wobble across the river, avoiding the sinister clutches of wee fairies. Enjoy the myths and legends of Inverness, whilst exploring this great city's amazing past, on this tour around the Capital of the Highlands.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
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2 day Skye fairy pools and Ullapool (remote NW Scotland)

2 day Skye fairy pools and Ullapool (remote NW Scotland)

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Discover the NW Scottish Highlands and experience the best of Scottish food while staying in some of the most spectacular landscapes you can imagine. All accommodation and locations dependent on seasonal availability. Alternatives can be discussed and agreed at time of booking. As this is a private tour it can be customised.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Legendary Loch Ness Round Tour

Legendary Loch Ness Round Tour

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Enjoy a 4 to 5 hour trip to get a flavor of the lush hills and glens in and around the world famous and mysterious Loch Ness. Experience tastes of this unique culture, history and landscape. The small-group tour will be in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus that seats up to 8 people. Relax with your professional, Scottish, tour guide, Johnny, as he takes you on a journey all the way round Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit, Urquhart castle, Inverness cathedral and what better way to complete your tour than with a visit to Inverness Castle
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$134.20
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Invergordon Port Loch Ness Tour

Invergordon Port Loch Ness Tour

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Enjoy the flexibility of a customizable tour to the Scottish Highlands: choose between standard and executive vehicles, skip stops that don’t interest you and add those that do. Benefit from the local knowledge of your driver as you visit attractions of your choosing, such as Beauly Priory, Urquhart Castle, or Inverness Castle and make the most of your time in one of Scotland’s most beautiful regions.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.77
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History & mysteries of world famous Loch Ness on a private tour from Invergordon

History & mysteries of world famous Loch Ness on a private tour from Invergordon

This tour is the best way to truly discover Loch Ness. Together with a visit to Urquhart Castle and cruise around the mysterious waters of Loch Ness. Hear about the tales and legends of the lake, and look for the mythical monster.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$867.00
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Invergordon Shore Excursion: Loch Ness, Inverness and Urquhart Castle

Invergordon Shore Excursion: Loch Ness, Inverness and Urquhart Castle

Make the most of your time on land with this shore excursion. Explore the medieval city of Inverness, with its cathedral and castle; embark upon a cruise on Loch Ness (famed home of the monster), and visit the ruins of the shoreside Urquhart Castle, which played a major role in the Wars of Scottish Independence. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.73
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Loch Ness Tour

Loch Ness Tour

This is a bespoke tour of the north of Scotland, during our travels we can adjust the time we visit places and change destinations so that we cover what you want to see.
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  • 7 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Inverness: Gateway to the Highlands Walking Audio Tour

Inverness: Gateway to the Highlands Walking Audio Tour

Kilts, bagpipes, Gaelic, clans and hot Jacobites (I'm looking at you, Jamie Fraser) - so many of our Scottish stereotypes come from the Highlands. Inverness has always been the capital of the Highlands, the gateway between the Highland and Lowland communities. Yet Inverness has a complicated relationship with its Highland heritage. On this tour, you will delve into that relationship through ancient legends, invented traditions and a battle about a cheese. This audio tour takes you on a 3km walk around the highlights of the town. It takes an hour without stopping but you can pause the tour whenever you choose. The audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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  • 1 hour
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Invergordon port to Cawdor castle and Loch Ness

Invergordon port to Cawdor castle and Loch Ness

This tour is a great way to see the best parts of Inverness including cawdor castle home of Lady Cawdor and made famous by Shakespears Macbeth play spend a little time in inverness and time around the loch taking photos of your day with plenty of back roads and scenic views on route
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.77
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Invergordon port to Eilean Donan Castle

Invergordon port to Eilean Donan Castle

This tour is a private tour with us, we have upto 8 seats per vehicle and cars can be requested, This is a fantastic road trip heading though Lochcarron towards kyle of lochalsh to see the famous Eilean donan castle
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.97
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Invergordon Outlander

Invergordon Outlander

Explore the wild and rugged Scottish Highlands through their role in the TV series ‘Outlander’ on this themed sightseeing tour. Begin with pickup in downtown Invergordon, and spin into the Scottish countryside as your guide shares insight into the ‘Outlander’ filming process. Learn the secrets of top attractions like the Clava cairn, Inverness Castle, and Urquhart Castle, and hear how they fit into the popular ‘Outlander’ stories.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.77
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Highland Whisky Tour with a visit to Inverness & Cawdor Castle from Invergordon

Highland Whisky Tour with a visit to Inverness & Cawdor Castle from Invergordon

Invergordon is just a cozy small town in the Highlands but has all facilities to welcome the Cruise ship passengers in at the port for going on to see a large number of attractions in the Highlands area. Enjoy personal private service without being rushed as when you are a part of a large group. You'll visit Inverness town and Cawdor Castle and of course one of Highland Whisky Distillery.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$734.00
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Inverness Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Inverness Castle 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Inverness Castle costs USD 5.34. Guided Inverness Castle tours start around USD 5.34 per person.
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