Welcome to Outdoor Inverness – Things to do in Inverness

If you are looking for an outdoor activity experience within minutes reach of Scotland’s most northerly city then you are at the right place …

The Highlands of Scotland are famous for their amazing scenery, but many people don’t realise the huge range of outdoor activities that are on offer. Whether it’s an adrenalin pumping outdoor adventure you are after, a wild team challenge, a fun family weekend or an active but laid back few days in our unique location Outdoor Inverness is the place to look. There are lots of things to do in and around Inverness.

Click on a category in the list at the left of this page to see all the activities on offer, and then click on activity to see a list of providers. You can then contact these providers to arrange your chosen activity. Some of the providers on this site offer a range of activities, but all providers on this site offer high quality experiences with qualified and experienced instructors …

What is so unique about outdoor activities in this area is that they are all within minutes reach from the city of Inverness where you will find a large number of shops, restaurants accommodation and museums. Look at out about the area page to find out more.


We believe Outdoor Inverness has something for everyone – from stag and hen parties to school groups and old age pensioners, all you have to do is choose your adventure.


Please Note:  Web Site visitors wishing to take part in activities or get more info on particular outdoor pursuits should contact providers directly, using the details supplied in their listings.

Theres lot of things to do in Inverness

Look at this article from http://www.expressinverness.co.uk/top-ten-attractions-in-inverness

On your stay to the beautiful Scottish Highlands, make sure you take in some of the sights and attractions this holiday haven has to offer. From dolphin spotting across the Moray Firth to quad biking on the Black Isle, Inverness is the perfect holiday destination for everyone.

At Holiday Inn Express Inverness we know what makes a good holiday, which is why we recommend the following ten attractions in Inverness and the surrounding Scottish Highlands area.

1. Landmark Park

Go on an adventure of fun and discovery at Landmark Park, just a short drive from Holiday Inn Express Inverness.

Suitable for people of all ages, there are plenty of rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. The most exciting and daring rides are the Wild Water Coaster, the adrenalin pumping waterfall ride and the Runaway Timber Train, which hurtles you through tight twists and turns.

Landmark Park is packed full of fun and a must visit destination on a trip to the Scottish Highlands.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Inverness: 23 miles

Click here for more information about Landmark Park

2. Cawdor Castle

Step into a fairy-tale in the Scottish Highlands at Cawdor Castle. Steeped in history that you can experience for yourself, this romantic setting also shares links with one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays; Macbeth.

After exploring the castle, stroll the picturesque gardens and immerse yourself in a true piece of history in Scotland.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Inverness: 13 miles

Click here for more information about Cawdor Castle

3. Wildwoodz Paintball

The Highlands may be renowned for its tranquillity, however Wildwoodz shakes this up by providing energetic and action packed fun.

Take to the outdoors with friends and family in a game of Paintball. Duck and dive in the woods for tactical cover against the enemy to become the overall winner.

Wildwoodz is located on the Black Isle, a short distance from Holiday Inn Express Inverness.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Inverness: 13 miles

Click here for more information about Wildwoodz Paintball

4. Inverness Dolphin Cruises

Raise anchor, set sail and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins frolicking in the sea.

The Moray Firth is renowned for being the most habitable area for dolphins in the UK. This majestic mammal is often seen splashing around in the waters and Inverness Dolphin Cruises gives you the opportunity to see dolphins in their natural habitat.

On the cruise you will get a unique view of popular tourist attractions such as Culloden Moor, Fort George and breath-taking views of the Great Glen.

Click here for more information – Inverness Dolphin Cruises

5. Beauly Gallery

Located in a converted quaint 18th century church, Beauly Gallery is just a short drive from Holiday Inn Express Inverness.

Capturing and displaying the very best of the Highlands, the gallery displays the very best of Scottish art. View exhibitions from both local and nationally acclaimed artists, which are also available to purchase.

Afterwards enjoy the Victorian styled coffee shop and enjoy a tea or coffee with a delicious cake.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Inverness: 13 miles

Click here for more information about Beauly Gallery

6. Culloden Moor Battlefield

The last battle on British soil was fought at Culloden Moor in 1746 between the Jacobites and British armies.

Culloden has been preserved to emulate exactly how it looked on the day of the battle, allowing visitors to connect with the past and be immersed in a piece of Scottish history.

Tour the exhibition before walking in the footsteps of those that took part in the battle over 250 years ago. Culloden Moor is a special experience, making it one of the top tourist attractions in the Highlands.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Inverness: 5 miles

Click here for more information about Culloden Moor Battlefield

7. Kushi Adventures

The Highlands of Scotland provides some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world.

Kushi Adventures allow you to enjoy nature in a canoe or kayak and experience a very unique view of the coast-lines surrounding Inverness. If you would prefer to stay on land, join a guided mountain walk.

Led by professionals, routes are tailored to people of all walking abilities. Kushi Adventures provides a very special experience for your visit to the Highlands.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Inverness: 2 miles

Click here for more information about Kushi Adventures

8. Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle, sits on a prime spot overlooking Loch Ness.

The castle was once one of Scotland’s largest castles, the remaining tower now provides fantastic panoramic views of Loch Ness and the Great Glen.

The castle was once a mighty medieval fort, the ruin now makes a great tourist attraction being nestled in one of the most beautiful spots in the Highlands.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Inverness: 20 miles

Click here for more information about Urquhart Castle

9. Glen Ord Distillery

The Glen Ord Distillery was founded in 1838 and is still producing some of the world’s finest whiskies today, making it the only single malt Scotch Whisky distilleries on the Black Isle.

When visiting the distillery, you’ll appreciate the time honoured process that goes into creating whisky.

After the tour, you get a taste of Scotland, with a complimentary dram of Glen Ord whisky.

This very special piece of Scottish heritage is steeped with history and makes a great day out when visiting the Highlands.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Inverness: 14 miles

Click here for more information about Glen Ord Distillery

10. The Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre

No trip to Scotland would be complete without a visit to the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre, which is devoted to the one of the most famous pieces of national dress in the world, the kilt.

Learn about the history of the kilt and the specialist techniques that goes into creating this famous piece of Highland dress.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Inverness: 3 miles

More information – Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre

Other locations to visit –


Adelaide House Hotel – Our prime position in the town centre opposite the Winter Gardens and Houndshill Shopping Centre, and only minutes from the Tower, Beach, Theatres and Attractions – www.adelaidehousehotel.com


Park Manor Hotel – Situated on the North Bay, two minutes from Peasholm Park with it’s beautiful gardens, scenic boating lake, events and more. Very close by is the Open Air Theatre, miniature railway, Plus lot’s more. – www.parkmanor.co.uk