Things to do this summer in Inverness

Stay cool this summer with fun Inverness activities

Summer is on the way, and with it, a veritable feast of fun activities in Inverness. From summer festivals and special events to outdoor sports and adventures. So if you are planning on spending a summer in Inverness, make the most of it with these summer-loving things to do.

The summer of games

Possibly one of the biggest summer attractions in the Highlands would be our Inverness Highland Games. This annual festival brings both young and old, big and small to the centre of Inverness. To celebrate all that it truly means to be Scottish. With tosses, tugs and terror around, the Highland Games is a festival for everyone. Sample the Scottish delicacies, taste a dram or two and simply enjoy this wonderful day out. This year, the Inverness Highland Games celebrates its 200-year anniversary, taking place on Saturday 16th July 2022.

Traditional scottish pipe band in kilt at Highland Games
The Highland Games celebrates Scottish culture and traditions, with a range of sporting events and festivities.

Music festivals and events

There’s nothing more summery than a music festival. And here in the Highlands we’ve got a whole host of fantastic festivals and events this summer. Celebrate traditional Scottish music and culture at the Gathering Festival on Saturday 28th May. Enjoy all things bagpiping at Piping Inverness 2022 on Saturday 25th June. Or revel in the music of your favourite act at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival from 28th to 30th July. This year’s line up includes Nile Rodgers and Chic, Van Morrison, Emeli Sandé, The Fratellis and Passenger.

Crowd of people at a festival
Music festivals return to the Highlands this summer.

Dolphin watching on the Moray Firth

Whether you are looking for things to do with the kids or that wildlife water adventure of a lifetime, Dolphin watching on the Moray Firth is just the ticket. Not only is the Moray Firth one of the best dolphin spotting sites near Inverness, it is one of the best in all of Britain. Home to a wealth of marine animals, you will often find more than just the resident colony of bottlenose dolphins in these waters. Which means that come summer, you can take a boat trip on the Moray Firth for a bit of dolphin, seal, otter and whale watching in Inverness.

Dolphin leaping out of the water in the Moray Firth
Watching dolphins leap from the waters of the Moray Firth is a magical experience.

Hunt for Nessie on Loch Ness

If dolphin watching is something you could get on board with, then we know a cruise on the legendary Loch Ness is sure to float your boat. For some 40 years, Loch Ness by Jacobite has been making waves in Inverness and around the world. With four quirky boats and a combination of cruise and tour options, experiencing the many myths, mysteries and wonders of Loch Ness has never been easier.

Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, Scotland
Bring your binoculars and keep a look out for Nessie on a Loch Ness boat trip.

Soak up the sun on the golf course

And finally, what is summer in Inverness without a round or two on an award winning green? It’s why we’ve put together these amazing Scottish golf packages so you can stay and play this summer! Choose from one of our packages, and get the chance to play on some of the best golf courses in the Highlands. Or, contact our team and they can create a bespoke itinerary of golfing adventures for you, accompanied by excellent cuisine and luxury accommodation.

Woman playing golf
Practise your golf swing on world class Scottish courses.

Spending summer in the Highlands would never be complete without your own stay at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. With your comfy bed, luxury cuisine and acres of grounds to roam. It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in luxury this summer!