Looking for things to do or place to go in Inverness winter? There are so many must-see locations in Inverness to visit as well as a long list of things to do. In winter, Scotland can be fun for people who love wintry scenery and the accompanying experience. We can guide you to decide on where to go in Inverness and make your Inverness exploration a breeze. Even if you are new to the area, with our complete guide on places to go, things to see as well as when to see it, you are covered.
Regardless of the length of your stay, you can easily find your preferred spots in Inverness to ensure that your winter break is enjoyed to the fullest, and without skipping a thing. We have the local knowledge so you don’t have to go through the stress.
Continue reading to find out more about winter Inverness, or just want to know and be convinced. We compiled a helpful guide for you to properly plan things to do as well as when to come to Inverness during winter.
You will find out great activities and discover things to see in Scotland during winter.
Top 8 Things to do and Places to Visits during Inverness Winter
Ski on Snowy Mountains
Snow lovers come out in multitude to the Highlands. Scotland is home to two of the best snowsports resorts and that is why Lochaber is indeed the Outdoor capital of the United Kingdom in all seasons. Visit Glencoe Mountain, the oldest ski location in Scotland, and have a jaw-dropping winter experience all over 20 runs and 8 lifts, ideal for learners and those looking to perfect their ski and snowboard skills. This also presents an opportunity for experienced snowsports lovers with Scotland’s longest steepest runs.
If you desire a not-so-fast adventure, visit the Cairngorms National Park to have a ski tour or snowshoeing at Glen Shee. You can go for a guided tour and have an enjoyable adventure in the snowy landscapes on foot. However, with our experience transfer services at Prestige Chauffeurs, all your tours during winter is a breeze.
Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness
If you are a history lover, you should consider visiting Urquhart Castle this winter. This site is open from November – March every day from 9:30 am to 4.30 pm with 3.45 pm as the last entry. You will surely have a great day out at Urguhart Castle. This was once the largest castle in Scotland witnessing lots of conflicts as a medieval fortress for 500 years. It later met its end in 1692 after changing hands so many times.
It was blown up by the British Government forces so that it couldn’t be used by the Jacobite rebels as their fortress. It offers an astonishing Scottish setting during the winter months. The loch is covered in bare trees, snow-dusted hills, and low moody lights. Everything can be seen from this historical ruin. Indeed a spectacular sight to see and one of the most amazing locations to spend the winter.
John Cobb Memorial
This is one other amazing place to visit during winter in the Highlands. John Cobb died here at Loch Ness trying to surpass the water speed record. After breaking the Land Speed record the third time, his first run on the water was successful at 206.89mph. However, because of the rule that says that two runs are required by time speed records, he tried the second one. And it was at this attempt that he sadly lost his life after he hit an ‘unexplained wake’ in the water on September 29, 1952. It was believed by Nessie enthusiasts that the monster was to be blamed for the tragic event.
Now, the memorial of John Cobb is open for visitors. Located 1 mile south of Urquhart Castle, the memorial site is a beehive-shaped cairn. Popularly known as Gentle Giant, this calm easygoing man will forever be remembered at Loch Ness.
If you are a history lover and would like to get lost in the past of Inverness and the Highlands, visit Culloden Battlefield. Right from the city center, you are just a 15-minute drive away from where you can find out everything about the Jacobite Risings by touring the final site of the final battle to be fought in the UK, also checking out the interactive visitor center, with amazing artifacts from the parties involved in the battle, with an enormous cinema.
Historic Fort George, Inverness
This is also a nice place to visit for those traveling to Culloden. Fort George was built right after the Battle of Culloden to make sure that the defeated sides (Highlanders) are kept in order. It is also like a reminder of the domination of the English over Scotland. Aside from the large military installations, together with the armory and barracks, the regimental museum is also located in the fort. You can also explore the visitor center to get a better sense of the fort’s role. You will also find a gift shop located in the area.
Take a Refreshing Winter Walk
Take in the winter air with a peaceful walk across the most scenic glens and coastlines on the Highlands. Take an early morning stroll on Glen Roy’s trails in the Lochaber Geopark or find out the ancient secrets of the UNESCO North West Highlands Geopark located at Knockan Crag, with many of Europe’s oldest rocks.
Go round the National Park to see the wonderful ancient Caledonian forests filled with snow or the rural Afric Kintail Way, an amazing cross-country route that joins Drumnadrochit (on Loch Ness) to Morvich in Kintail.
Get Some Warmth by the Fire in a Classy Retreat
After spending the day in the snow, you will want to sit in front of a warm fire with an interesting book, hot coffee, or a wee dram of whisky, and maybe even take a hot bath in a tub. There is some wonderful cozy winter accommodation on the Highlands. Visit Ness Walk Hotel which is located on the River Ness banks in Inverness to get some luxury time with a city break. Take in the jaw-dropping winter scenery from Eagle Brae’s log cabin designed in a fairytale theme near Beauly or go to Highland Escape on Loch Ness to enjoy a stylish old manse.
To have a relaxing break, head straight to Macdonald Aviemore Resort, this offers a large indoor pool complex, beauty treatments, classy shopping store, or Fife Arms Hotel located in Braemar to shop in the boutique, which is surrounded by the Cairngorms National Park’s landscapes.
Gather Festive Gifts
For this winter, try shopping on the Highland, whether you are physically present here or would rather shop online, there are some uncommon Scottish stocking fillers for everyone in your family. Inverness is undoubtedly the best place to shop in the Highlands. The famous Victorian Market has all the handcrafted gifts or visits the Eastgate Center to do high street shopping.
Also, there are lots of independent boutiques, artisan workshops, and galleries all around the area. Go to Highland Stoneware Pottery located in Lochinver to buy nice mugs and ceramic dishes. To get nice contemporary art, visit Resipole Studios located in Strontian, or Old School Beauly located near Inverness to get beautiful Christmas gifts.
Book with us
The list is long for things to do in Inverness during your Winter break. Ensure you check out seasonal transfer offers at the menu bar. Prestige Chauffeurs is available for your tour movement bookings today. We have a range of E class, S class and V class Mercedes with a lot more for your Inverness winter. Whatever shape, size or tour you need a chauffeur service, then Prestige Chauffeurs will have the vehicle and knowledge to meet your needs.
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