20 Best Things To Do In Inverness Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Inverness

Taking the family on the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster is just one of the cool and unusual things to do in Inverness!

Get your little explorers ready to unravel one of the greatest mysteries in Scotland – the legend of the Loch Ness! Board the Jacobite Loch Ness Cruise and look for evidence of the beast both above the water and below using the Jacobite sonar equipment.

Think you’ve got better chances of spotting Nessie from dry land?  The Ness Islands Walk takes you alongside the river, where you can watch for ripples or breaks in the surface of the water. Go armed with binoculars and sketchpad to document what you find on this adventure day out in Inverness. Even if no friendly lake monsters pop up, the area is stunning, so you can discover old bridges, salmon pools and lush woodland. 

The Ness Islands Railway is nearby, so if you’ve got train lovers at home, just hop on board! Ride a steam or locomotive train for the short journey through Whin Park, where the scenery will flow past you like the river itself.

If huge machinery just facintes your little ones, then one of the top places to visit in Inverness for you would be the Highland Aviation Museum. Those planes are huge! 

Back in the heart of the city, learn its secrets at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. This interactive family friendly museum tells stories of the place and its people through art, archeology, natural history and more.

Looking for some more active indoor fun? Swoosh down the water slides at Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters, or go all wintery and go ice skating at Inverness Ice Centre

How about going on a trip from Inverness? Check out the suggestions of Stephanie, mum of two, for the 50 best things to do in Scotland.

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Family on Murder Mystery Trail

Inverness Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Who ever said cracking a case meant no time for sightseeing? The Inverness Mystery Treasure Trail is all about combining the two, so slap your thinki...

Passengers on City Sightseeing Inverness Hop on Hop off Tour bus

City Sightseeing Inverness Hop on Hop off Tour

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop On Hop Off tour bus passing castle

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  • Inverness
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Join kelpies, selkies and the Loch Ness Monster on a City Sightseeing Inverness Hop On Hop Off Tour. Over 12 stops you’ll see all sorts of historic g...

Outside view of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Explore the history of the Scottish Highlands from a whole new interactive light! The museum is home to a wide range of artefacts and activities for...

River Ness by Ness Islands Walk in Inverness

Ness Islands Walk

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Although within the city, the Ness Islands could easily be a million miles from it and offers a unique and serene family trip destination for those w...

Boys on Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises in Inverness

Loch Ness by Jacobite

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Who’s ready for a Nessie hunt? Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises provide a wide range of boat tours with all the trimmings. That includes live sonar, castle...

Swimming pools at Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters

Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters

  • Inverness
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

The Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters pool features a massive wave pool with water geysers. From the wave pool you can move into the River which will...

Ice hockey players at Inverness Ice Centre

Inverness Ice Centre

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Inverness Ice Centre With a whopping 5 rink system and a great tuition record this centre is the perfect place for beginners to get started, not just...

Lake at Whin Park in Inverness

Whin Park

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Amongst it's other delights, Whin Park boasts 4 separate adventure play areas within it's confines and the fun physical play equipment includes zip l...

Miniature train at Ness Islands Railway in Inverness

Ness Islands Railway

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

On the Ness Islands Railway you'll be riding a 7 and a quarter inch gauge track, with 3 trains running half mile long scenic services through the Whi...

Soft play frame at Brewsters at Inshes Gate in Inverness

Brewsters at Inshes Gate

  • Inverness
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Brewsters Indoor Play Area is attached to a kid friendly restaurant but has a decent standard of standalone play areas, both indoor and a smaller one...

Bowling alleys at Rollerbowl Inverness

Rollerbowl Inverness

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Rollerbowl 24 Plastic AMF lanes with wooden approaches and a good selection of house balls with 9 pool tables plus some cool video games in the Elect...

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Vue Inverness

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

You'll never be short of things to see at the cinema, after all there's endless possibilities of places to go with films! Jump into movie magic at Vu...

Go Karts at Inverness Kart Raceway

Inverness Kart Raceway

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Up for a race? Put your helmets on and get ready to go for the gold, as you and the kids race your way to victory at Inverness Kart Raceway. Drivers...

Indoor soft play frame and cafe area at Frankie and Lolas in Inverness

Frankie and Lolas

  • Inverness
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Welcome to the North's premier indoor Children's Softplay Centre: Frankie and Lola's! For Kids Come and rumble in the jungle with us and enjoy 6000 s...

Field at Culloden Battlefield in Inverness

Culloden Battlefield

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Landmarks

An exciting interpretive exhibition uses interactive characters that witnessed or were involved in the battle and incorporating the latest historical...

Clothes on tree at Culloden Wood in Inverness

Culloden Wood

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Culloden Wood offers an ideal site for a family ramble, with way marked trails offering either a 3km trip including several local landmarks or a much...

Paintball areas at Wildwoodz Paintball Park in Inverness

Wildwoodz Paintball Park

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Paintballing

Wildwoodz Paintball Park is an outdoor gaming venue designed for battle from paintball, to laser strike and archery. Wildwoodz runs fixed date activi...

Boat at Avoch Dolphin Trips

Avoch Dolphin Trips

  • Avoch
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Avoch Dolphin Trips Their boat, Corbiere, is a 24' Dory with waterjet engine (no propellers) and will carry up to 12 passengers in safety and comfort...

Aeroplanes at Highland Aviation Museum in Inverness

Highland Aviation Museum

  • Inverness
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Highland Aviation Museum has a number of aircraft, aircraft cockpits, engines and other exhibits outside, as well as a fire engine. Many of the cockp...

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