As Scotland’s northernmost city and the capital of the rugged Scottish Highlands, Inverness makes a convenient base for taking in the country’s highlights. Start with exploring the murky waters of Loch Ness, home to the notorious Loch Ness Monster, and Cawdor Castle, made famous in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, then explore the scenic Moray Firth, where you can spot dolphins along the North Sea coast. You don’t have to limit your explorations to the East coast either – Inverness is a perfect launchpad for multi-day trips with transport links connecting the city to key attractions like the valley of Glencoe, the Speyside Whisky Trail and Ben Nevis.
Booking a multi-day tour from Inverness is also a great way to enjoy some of Scotland’s more off-the-beaten track sights, like the remote islands that pepper the north and northwest coast. A 3-day Orkney Islands tour from Inverness offers ample time to discover the UNESCO World Heritage listed islands, visiting the famous Churchill Barriers, the Orkney capital of Kirkwall, the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae. Alternatively, head to the west coast, for a 3-day Hebrides Islands tour, hopping between the Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis and taking in sights like the Callanish Standing Stones, Carloway Broch and the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, renowned as the windiest place in the UK.