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How to Spend 3 Days in Inverness

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How to Spend 3 Days in Inverness
Whether you’re making a pit stop in the Highlands’ capital before heading out on a hiking expedition or spending a leisurely weekend in the UK’s northernmost city, Inverness is the perfect gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Here are a few ideas for spending 3 days in the city.

Day 1: Take a walking tour
Inverness’ compact center makes exploring the sights easy, so start your trip with a walking tour of the city. Take in the historic St Andrew’s Cathedral and Old High Church; get a view from the hilltop Inverness Castle; stroll the banks of the Ness River; then head out to the nearby Culloden Battlefield to learn the harrowing tales of the last battle fought on British soil. Don’t forget to stock up souvenirs in the city’s shopping district too – Inverness is the perfect place to pick up some tartan goods, Scottish shortbread and a bottle or two of Scotch whiskey.

Day 2: Learn the legends of the Loch Ness

Inverness sits at the mouth of Scotland’s most famous lake, Loch Ness, notorious for hiding the mythical Loch Ness Monster. Pay a visit to the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition to learn the eerie legends of Loch Ness, then take a cruise along the lake or hike along the banks and get a view from the battlements of the lakeside Urquhart Castle.

Day 3: Step in the footsteps of Macbeth

Spend the morning exploring the 14th Century fortress of Cawdor Castle, famous as the setting of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, then head to the coast where the North Sea inlet of Moray Firth is famous for its schools of bottle-nose dolphins. For the best chance of spotting the gentle sea creatures in their natural environment, take a cruise out to sea, then learn more about the region’s wildlife at the Dolphin and Seal Centre in North Kessock.
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Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre Entrance Ticket

Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre Entrance Ticket

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Uncover the truths and legends of the notorious battle of 1746 at the interactive Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. See medieval weapons, walk the battle lines and learn about the clash between Jacobite Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Duke of Cumberland through fascinating multi-media exhibitions. Choose from a single entrance ticket or upgrade to a 3- or 7-day Discover Ticket and enjoy access to 90 of Scotland’s National Trust museums, stately homes and historic attractions.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise

Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise

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Set sail across the misty waters of Loch Ness and discover the eerie legend of the Loch Ness Monster on this sightseeing cruise from Inverness. Cruise past the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle as you explore one of Britain’s largest freshwater lakes and use the ship’s sonar system to seek out the loch’s notorious resident.
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Applecross Peninsula Day Trip from Inverness

Applecross Peninsula Day Trip from Inverness

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Get acquainted with a less-visited part of Scotland, the windswept Applecross Peninsula, during this day trip from Inverness. Get glimpses of the abundant wildlife and revel in the dramatic views of stark Highlands scenery. Visit the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, travel over the steep Bealach nam Ba pass and enjoy some free time in the charming Applecross Village. Round-trip transportation from Inverness in a luxury minibus is included.
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  • 9 hours
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3-Day Hebrides Tour from Inverness: Isles of Lewis and Harris

3-Day Hebrides Tour from Inverness: Isles of Lewis and Harris

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Uncover the natural beauty of Scotland’s rugged Atlantic coast on this 3-day tour of the Outer Hebrides islands, including accommodation in Stornaway and round-trip transport from Inverness. Journey through the Highlands, stopping to admire natural wonders like the Rogie Falls and Corrieshalloch Gorge, then sail out to explore the windswept isles of Lewis and Harris. Spot dolphins around the coast, stroll the sandy beaches and visit fascinating ancient sites like the Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch.
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