The City of Inverness is the gateway to the Highlands of Scotland and the surrounding area. It makes an ideal place for you to visit prior to picking up your vessel or on your final night, with a wide selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and activities to keep all members of your party satisfied. There are many B&B’s, hotels or other accommodation options to allow you to explore the old town with all its charm. The City Centre is within walking distance of the boat yard (approximately 30 minutes) or alternatively only about 5-10 minutes in a car or taxi (depending on traffic).
The Inverness Tourist Information Centre is located on Bridge Street up some steps overlooking the road. They offer a wide range of services including free local and national information, travel, tour and transport advice including tickets and local and national accommodation bookings. Bureau de change and Internet access is available also. Tel: 01463 252 401
Alternatively: Visit Inverness Loch Ness
Restaurants, Bars & Cafes
The Clachnaharry Inn – If you fancy some pub grub and real ale within walking distance then this is the place to go. Walk along the canal, down Muirtown Lock flight. You’ll see traffic lights are to the left; go across there and continue along the road until you see the Inn on the right. Approx. 15 minutes by foot.
Clachnaharry Road, Inverness, IV3 8RB, Tel: 01463 239 806
Rocpool Restaurant – A trendy and very popular city-centre brasserie offering local produce and seafood dishes. Excellent quality & service. Located on the banks of the River Ness. Pre-booking is essential.
1 Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5NE, Tel: 01463 717 274
Pizza Express – Located right next to Inverness Railway Station this chain restaurant has a vast pizza menu, including pasta and salad dishes.
Falcon Square, Inverness, IV2 3PP, Tel: 01463 709 700
Rajah – This is the longest established Indian Restaurant in the Highlands (since 1982), giving you the authentic taste of India in the heart of the Highlands. Take away menu available (collection only).
2 Post Office Avenue, Inverness, IV1 1DN, Tel: 01463 237 190 or 01463 711 525
Sam’s Indian Cuisine – Great Indian Restaurant in the city centre. Friendly service and lovely atmosphere. Delivery available.
77-79 Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1SE, Tel: 01463 713 111 or 711 400
Cinnamon – Specializing in Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine Cinnamon is popular with locals and tourists alike. Behind the Eastgate Shopping Centre.
1b Millburn Road, Inverness, IV2 3PX, Tel: 01463 716 020
Nicky Tam’s Restaurant & Bar – Located within the Glen Mhor Hotel along the River Ness.
Glen Mhor Hotel, Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SG, Tel: 01463 234 308
Café 1 – This popular, family owned restaurant in the city-centre serves fresh local produce cooked with creativity and flair. Norman and his dedicated team are always on hand to help and keen to please. They can get extremely busy for both lunch and dinner so pre-booking is essential.
75 Castle Street, Inverness, IV2 3EA, Tel: 01463 226 200
Contrast Brasserie – Another one of Inverness’s popular restaurants is Contrast, located within the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel on the River Ness. Lunch, Dinner, ‘Pre-Theatre’ and Sunday Roast menus available. Serving Scottish produce cooked with a French flair.
20 Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SF, Tel: 01463 223 777
The Waterfront - Very popular, traditional pub on the river side. Within walking distance from the boat yard (about 1.2 miles/20min.).
70-71, Huntly Street; 01463 233 870
Velocity - Social enterprise café and bicycle workshop, located just off the High Street.
1 Crown Avenue, Inverness, IV2 3NF, 01463 419 956
Beefeater Restaurant - Loch Ness House, attached to the Premier Inn Hotel, just along from the Tomnahurich Swing Bridge.
Loch Ness House, Glenuquhart Road, IV3 5TD, Tel. 01463 701 111
Dog Friendly establishments in Inverness and around
Co-op – Only a few minutes by car or a 12 minute walk from the boat yard.
74 Telford Street, Telford Retail Park, Inverness, IV3 5LS. Opening Times: 7 days (Mon-Sun) 06:00-22:00, Tel: 01463 711 500
Lidl – Located just along the road past the co-op shop.
Telford Street, Inverness, IV3 5LU. Opening Times: Mon-Sat 08:00-22:00, Sun 08:00-21:00
Aldi - About 15-20 min walk from the charter base (passed Co-op and Lidl).
Friars Bridge, Inverness, IV3 5JP. Opening Times: Mon-Sat 08:00-22:00, Sun 09:00-20:00
Note: Opening times may be subject to change
Tesco, Morrisons and Asda have also stores in Inverness, but those are located further away from the boat yard.
Shopping delivery to the boat yard can be arranged prior to your holiday via the online shopping departments of Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's. Many of our customers already use this facility, which usually makes for a more relaxed arrival day. Ideally have your shopping delivered between 11am and 1pm, as the boats are not accessible in the morning and please avoid frozen food. We'll be happy to accept the shopping delivery on your behalf. Should you have any queries regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us.
1st Pizza Direct – Pizzas, kebabs, burgers, fish & chips and more for collection or local delivery.
Units 2 and 3, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NZ, Tel: 01463 717 171
37 Telford Street, Inverness IV3 5LD
77-79 Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1SE, Tel: 01463 713 111 or 711 400
Sights & Walks
Inverness Castle – The castle overlooks the River Ness. It is a red sand stone structure and was built in 1836 by architect William Burn on the site of an 11th century defensive structure. The castle is currently the Sheriff Court but a Castle Viewpoint is open to the public (entry fee applies). You can also walk around the grounds and admire the statue of Flora MacDonald.
St Andrew’s Cathedral - On the opposite bank of the river is Saint Andrew's Cathedral (minus its spires as the funds ran out before they could be completed). The font is a copy of Thorwalden's font in Copenhagen Cathedral. Look out for the Russian gold icons.
Ness Islands - Walk down along the river banks (in the direction of the Caledonian Canal) and you'll find the Ness Islands where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the shops. Cross the river on the little bridges and you can visit Bught Park. Close by you will find the Floral Hall where you will discover a superb array of subtropical plants and a lovely coffe shop. If you plan to visit Ness Islands in the peak season from July to October, you can watch anglers casting long lines to leaping Atlantic salmon.
Culloden Battlefield - The Battle of Culloden which took place on the 16 April 1746 was the final clash between the French-supported Jacobites and the Hanoverian British Government. It was the last battle ever to be fought on British soil. Nowadays you can visit the battlefield itself along with its exciting new visitor centre and interactive exhibition. Regular buses leave from Inverness Bus Station daily or alternatively you can take your own transport. Open daily, all year.
Tel: 0844 493 2159
Inverness Leisure – Offering a wide range of sports and leisure facilities including a 25 metre competition pool and a leisure pool for all members of the family. Inverness Leisure is located in Bught Park, close to the River Ness and the Caledonian Canal. Open daily.
Tel: 01463 667 500
Explore Highland – Bespoke canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding experience for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Equipment hire only also available.
Tel: 01463 715 929
Outdoor activities, tours & courses, incl. kayaking and hillwalking
Tel: 01463 21 61 23 or 07725 806 870
Torvean Golf Club – Located on the outskirts of Inverness on the A82, Torvean Golf Club is an 18-hole parkland style golf course. The club is open to the general public and the informal nature of the club appeals not only to the serious golfer but also to those wishing to try golf for the first time!
Tel: 01463 225 651
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery - Located in the same building as the Tourist Information Centre; the entrance is at the back of this building and can be accessed from Castle Wynd. The museum and Art Gallery explores Scottish history, is free of charge and also has a coffee shop.
Tel: 01463 237 114
Eden Court Theatre – Located near Bught Park, this fantastic theatre, cinema and arts venue has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and major extension. The theatre hosts large array of performances and screenings daily. There is also a restaurant, cafe and licensed bar located within the theatre.
Tel: 01463 234 234
Vue Cinema – This cinema complex located within the Inverness Retail Park has over 10 screens and always has the latest movies on show. Tickets can be booked in advance online or via the number below.
Tel: 08712 240 240
Rollerbowl – With 24 bowling lanes, 9 pool tables, a good selection of arcade games and snacks served daily, Rollerbowl has something to keep all the family entertained.
Tel: 01463 235 100
Taxis & Transport
City Taxis – 01463 222 555
Inverness Taxis – 01463 222 222
Note: Most taxi companies also offer bespoke tours.