Fab5: The best places to visit in Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn


With so much to see and do, you’ll be spoiled for choice in this magnificent region of Scotland. It’s where the sea meets the sky; folklore meets fantasy; and ancient meets modern. Just make sure you stay long enough to explore the waters, delve into Scottish history, and browse the unique shopping outlets.

Campbells of Beauly

Campbells of Beauly, Inverness

Highland Tweed House, High Street, Beauly IV4 7BU

Established in 1858, this family-run country tailor and outfitters is a thriving retail business as well as a busy tailoring workshop. Stepping through its doors is like stepping back in time. The shop is packed with original fittings and traditional work counters giving it a unique feel and sense of history.

Within this ‘Highland gem’ you’ll find traditional Scottish garments made to the highest quality. We have a rich history in bespoke tailoring, as well as ‘off-the-peg’ ladies’, gents’ and children’s clothing. We also stock an extensive range of Scottish-made knitwear, classic tweeds to purchase by the metre, as well as a wide range of gift ideas for all occasions.

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Triquerta Crafts

Triquerta Crafts, Inverness

Victorian Market, Inverness IV1 1PJ

Mother and daughter, Marnie and Sarah Mackenzie, have a real passion for Scottish craft and Triquerta Crafts offers the best from local crafts people, and those living further afield on the Scottish mainland and surrounding islands. They are the only Inverness stockist of the official Sony-licensed Outlander jewellery collection which includes the much-loved Claires ring, as well as stocking the Craigh na Dun licensed jewellery range which is a must for all Outlander fans!

They are also a licensed seller of European Name History Scrolls, historical swords and hand-crafted Sgian Dubhs, and stunning hand-crafted embroideries.

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The Highlanders’ Museum

Highlanders Museum, in Inverness

Fort George, Ardersier, Inverness IV2 7TD

Spend the day steeped in the proud history of Scotland and follow in the footsteps of the fearsome Highland soldiers from just after the Battle of Culloden until the present day.

With more than 50,000 artefacts, documents and photographs, our Nationally Significant Collection – the largest regimental museum in Scotland, outside of Edinburgh – showcases the history of the Highland Regiments and includes an array of artefacts and archive material from the Seaforth Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, the Queen’s Own Highlanders, The Highlanders and most recently, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) – regiments renowned the world over for their hardiness and ferocity in battle.

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The Clansman Centre

The Clansman Centre, Loch Ness

Old Schoolhouse, Canal Side, Fort Augustus PH32 4BD

Situated on the southern-most tip of Loch Ness, enter our 19th-century Schoolhouse and step into a reconstructed Turf House Theatre and travel back to the 17th century.

In an area steeped in history, legends and mystery, what better place to learn how the Clansman lived, what he wore and how he fought, with a demonstration of how the magnificent Claymore and Lochaber Axe were used?

An enlightening, interesting and fun history lesson.

Browse in our unique craft and gift shop. Stocking a wide range of local and Scottish-made gifts, we have something for everyone.

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Dolphin Spirit

Dolphin Spirit, Inverness

Stadium Rd, Inverness IV1 1FF

Let us show you what the waters of Inverness have to offer, with a choice of two very different boat trips.

Search for wildlife from our high-speed RIB, Mischief, covering as much of the Moray Firth as possible and using our years of experience and local knowledge to head to the most likely spots. During the two-hour trip, we’ll be showing you wildlife in the water, on the land, and in the sky.

Alternatively, take the slower cruise on the comfortable Spirit, learning about the local history and folklore around Inverness. This cruise is suitable for people of all ages and abilities so is a great trip for the whole family to enjoy together.

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