Things to do this summer in Inverness

Fun Inverness summer 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 takes place on Saturday 13th July 2024.

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. 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 1st June 2024. Enjoy Scotland’s favourite tipple at the National Whisky Festival on Saturday 29th June 2024. Revel in the music of your favourite act at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival from the 25th – 27th July 2024. This year’s lineup includes James Arthur, Sugababes, Decon Blue, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Jake Bugg, Callum Beattie and many more!

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

Hit the beach

Where better to enjoy the summer sun than on a beautiful beach on the Scottish coast? Relax, have a picnic and take in spectacular views at one of our many nearby beaches. Located just 6 miles from Inverness, Fortrose Beach is a small, sandy beach overlooking the waters of the Moray Firth. Or head to Rosemarkie Beach on the Black Isle peninsula, about 15 miles from Inverness. Check out our guide to beaches near Inverness for more ideas.

View of the Moray Firth, Fortrose Scotland
The beaches of the Moray Firth offer golden sands, spectacular views and wildlife watching.

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, but it’s also 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. This 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. With four cruises to choose from, 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 lookout 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? Stay at the Kingsmills Hotel and you’ll be close to some of the best golf courses in the Highlands. Simply contact our team and we can create a bespoke itinerary of golfing adventures just 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 Scottish 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!