New and improved attractions in Inverness

Visit one of these new attractions on your next stay

The last year has been very exciting for the tourism industry here in Inverness. With new and improved attractions opening up across the local area, there’s even more to keep you entertained on your next stay at the Kingsmills Hotel! Let’s take a look at what’s been happening…

Glen Ord Visitor Centre

Last summer, Glen Ord Distillery near Inverness opened up a brand new visitor centre. As part of Diageo’s £185 million investment in Scotch whisky experiences, the new centre offers a range of distillery tours, tastings and experiences. Find out how The Singleton whisky is produced at Glen Ord on a guided tour, visit the bar and deli for a taste of Scottish fare and bottle your own whisky in the shop. Find out more.

Victorian Market

Then in September, the historic Inverness Victorian Market opened its refurbished Market Hall area. The new hall accommodates several new food, drink and retail units, and there is plenty of seating and light, open space. This is now a wonderful place to enjoy eating, drinking, live music and socialising in the city centre. One of the first businesses to open up in the new food hall was local favourite, Bad Girl Bakery – highly recommended for a sweet treat!

Uile-bheist Brewery and Distillery

In February of this year, Uile-bheist became the first whisky distillery to open in Inverness for 130 years! Set on the banks of the River Ness, this is also a brewery, which produces a range of craft beers. Its name is Gaelic and means “Monster”, after the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. You can now tour the distillery and brewery, explore the history of whisky and beer making in the city and enjoy a wee sample. Book a tour.

Loch Ness Centre

Just last month, the Loch Ness Centre in nearby Drumnadrochit re-opened after a £1.5 million investment. The centre is based in the old Drumnadrochit Hotel, where hotel manager, Aldie Mackay, shared the first modern sighting of Nessie in 1933. The new one-hour immersive experience takes you on a journey through 500 million years of history, delving into the myths and mysteries of Loch Ness.

Inverness Castle Experience … coming soon

This one is still in the pipeline, but we are so excited about it! The iconic Inverness Castle, which sits on a cliff overlooking the city, is currently closed for a major refurbishment. The Inverness Castle Experience is due to open in 2025 and promises to be something special. The history of the Highlands will be brought to life through spectacular displays, installations and interactive experiences. All celebrating the culture and heritage of our magical part of Scotland. 

Enjoy exploring some of these new attractions on your next stay at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. Take a look at our special offers and book your break today!