The best views near Inverness

Our favourite Inverness and Highland views

The Scottish Highlands is a beautiful place from all angles. But today, we are taking a look at some of the most picturesque spots in and around Inverness, worthy of your Instagram feed.

Inverness Castle Viewpoint

Inverness Castle Viewpoint offers breathtaking 360° views from a special viewing platform at the top of the castle. This is one of our favourite Inverness views, right here in the city centre, giving a spectacular birds-eye view of our magnificent Highland capital.

Two children looking out at the view from Inverness Castle Viewpoint
Experience magnificent views of the city and beyond from Inverness Castle Viewpoint.

Craig Phadrig

This wooded hill in the west of Inverness delivers the most stunning views over the waters of the Beauly Firth. Its name means “Patrick’s Rock”. It is also the site of an ancient hill fort, dating from around 300 BC and occupied by a Pictish King in the 6th century. There are two popular walking trails here.

View over the Moray Firth from Craig Phadraig
Legend has it that Craig Phadrig was the base of the Pictish king Bridei mac Maelchon in the 1st century AD.

Clava Cairns

The Clava Cairns is an ancient burial ground, around 6 miles east of Inverness and free to visit. The best views of this historical site are to be had at sunset during midwinter. The site was built to align with the winter sun, which shines down the central passage and illuminates the interior of the chamber. Creating a true spectacle and a unique event to witness.

Sunset at the Clava Cairns burial ground near Inverness
Clava Cairns, the remains of an ancient burial ground in an enchanting woodland setting.

Urquhart Castle

One of the most iconic views of Loch Ness features the ruins of Urquhart Castle near Drumnadrochit. The historic castle is a fascinating place to visit, where you’ll learn about its rich and turbulent history. It’s also a very atmospheric and romantic setting, overlooking the vast loch. View ticket prices and opening times here.

View of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle in the evening
The romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle overlook Scotland’s most famous loch.

Invermoriston Bridges

For those interested in historic architecture, Invermoriston makes a very beautiful and interesting visit. There is a fantastic view of the falls, Thomas Telford’s 19th century bridge and the 20th century bridge that replaced it. Autumn is the best time to visit, when the scenery is awash with rich and vibrant colour.

Invermoriston bridges and falls in autumn
Invermoriston Falls and its two bridges create a picture-perfect view in the Scottish Highlands.

Suidhe Viewpoint

By the southern shores of Loch Ness, Suidhe Viewpoint reveals unrivalled views of the local area. Located near Fort Augustus, on the South Loch Ness Trail. From the small parking area, there is a steep walking path up to the viewpoint and the vistas from here are absolutely breath-taking.

View from Suidhe Viewpoint near Fort Augustus
Soak up the panoramic views from Suidhe Viewpoint on the south side of Loch Ness.

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