City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Inverness

Inverness is the capital of the Highlands and one of the most popular cities in northern Scotland. The city has a number of historic buildings, prominent landmarks and wonderful sights. This tour will lead you to the most interesting attractions in this fabulous Scottish city.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Scotland » Inverness (See other walking tours in Inverness)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Falcon Square
  • High Street
  • Inverness Town House
  • Tollbooth Steeple
  • Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
  • Inverness Castle
  • Flora McDonald Statue
  • St Andrew's Cathedral
  • Highland House of Fraser
  • Balnain House
  • Dunbar's Hospital
  • Abertarff House
  • Victorian Market
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Falcon Square

1) Falcon Square

Falcon Square is located in the center of the city. This small square is dedicated to John Falconer who founded Falcon Foundry in 1858. One of the foundry's original buildings still stands, although it now houses a Laura Ashley and Pizza Express. At the center of the square is a statue of a unicorn.
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High Street

2) High Street

Inverness High Street, lined with a fantastic variety of local Scottish stores, is a popular area for shopping. This pedestrian street attracts visitors from all over the world and will satisfy the needs of every shopaholic. The street links directly to the huge Eastgate Shopping Center, another prominent Inverness shopping venue.
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Inverness Town House

3) Inverness Town House (must see)

Inverness Town House, located on the corner of Castle and High Streets, is one of the city’s most impressive buildings. This Gothic house was built between 1878 and 1882 and designed by architects Matthews and Lawrie. It was the site of a historic meeting of the British Cabinet held in September 1921, the only meeting of the British Government ever organized outside London. Inside this Victorian building you will find many precious works of art.
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Tollbooth Steeple

4) Tollbooth Steeple

Not far from Inverness Town House is another notable city landmark - a Georgian tollbooth steeple. This steeple was built beside the adjoining Old Court House and Jail in 1791. It rises 45 meters in the air and houses several bronze bells.
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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

5) Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (must see)

Situated in the heart of Inverness on Castle Wynd Street, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is the city's main cultural venue. Explore Scottish history through the museum's collections and exhibits. The museum has an excellent collection of Highland contemporary arts and crafts. Some of the museum's other collections relate to geology, wildlife, archaeology, culture, art and the history of the Highlands. The museum has a cafe and a store where you can buy gifts, books and souvenirs.
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Inverness Castle

6) Inverness Castle (must see)

Inverness Castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness, in Inverness. The red sand stone structure evident today was built in 1836 by architect William Burn. It is built on the site of an 11th century defensive structure. Today, it houses Inverness Sheriff Court. There has been a castle at this site for many centuries. A succession of castles has stood on this site since 1057.

The castle is said to have been built by Máel Coluim III of Scotland, after he had razed to the ground the castle in which Macbeth of Scotland according to much later tradition, murdered Máel Coluim's father Donnchad I of Scotland, and which stood on a hill around 1 km to the north-east. The first Inverness Castle was partially destroyed by King Robert I of Scotland and a replacement castle was sacked in the 15th century. Scotland held a parliament in the castle to which the northern chieftains were summoned, of whom three were executed for asserting an independent sovereignty. The castle itself is not open to the public but the grounds are.

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Flora McDonald Statue

7) Flora McDonald Statue

The Flora McDonald Statue is situated in front of Inverness Castle and is dedicated to Flora MacDonald, the daughter of Ranald MacDonald of Milton and his wife Marion. Flora was a Jacobite heroine who helped Prince Charles Edward Stewart flee from the Hanovarian forces after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Erected in the early 1900s, the statue depicts Flora looking southwest with her dog.
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St Andrew's Cathedral

8) St Andrew's Cathedral (must see)

St Andrew's Cathedral, a famous city landmark, is a Scottish Episcopal cathedral located on Ardross Street along the river. This Neo-Gothic cathedral was built during the 1860s, following the plans of architect Alexander Ross. The cathedral was consecrated in 1874 and features distinctive twin towers. This huge religious edifice was built with Red Tarradale Stone and features columns of Peterhead granite. The high altar, pulpit and reredos are made of Caen stone.
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Highland House of Fraser

9) Highland House of Fraser

Highland House of Fraser is an authentic Scottish shop located on Bridge Street. This family business specializes in Highland dress and offers a great variety of traditional Scottish clothing, including hand-sewn kilts, tweeds and textiles. You can also purchase clan items, accessories, jewelry and gifts here. The staff is friendly and always willing to help.
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Balnain House

10) Balnain House

Balnain House is located on Huntly Street and was built in 1726 in the early Georgian style as a town house. This historic building served as a hospital for Hanoverian soldiers after the Battle of Culloden. The building was restored and now houses the offices of The National Trust for Scotland.
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Dunbar's Hospital

11) Dunbar's Hospital

Dunbar's Hospital, located on Church Street, was built in 1668 by Provost Alexander Dunbar of Barmuckety and Westfield as a hospital for poor people. This three-story building has served over the years as a grammar school, hospital, parish library and offices for a female work organization. When cholera spread to the town of Inverness, the building again was used as a hospital. It now houses apartments, a shop and a senior citizen's day center.
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Abertarff House

12) Abertarff House

Abertarff House is a historic building that dates back to 1593. It is the oldest surviving house in Inverness. Its crow-stepped gables - well-known as "corbie steps" - stand out on the busy Church Street. The building was renovated in 1966 by The National Trust for Scotland.
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Victorian Market

13) Victorian Market

Located on Academy Street, Inverness Victorian Market is a unique shopping spot in the city. The main entrance on Academy Street has three round arches. This historic market was rebuilt in 1890 and reflects the splendor of the Victorian era. It includes the Market Arcade, which stretches from Academy Street to Union Street and Queensgate. The market is covered by a marvelous Victorian cast-iron and wooden-domed roof. Here you will find 45 shops and a nice café where you can rest after finishing your shopping.

Walking Tours in Inverness, Scotland

Create Your Own Walk in Inverness

Create Your Own Walk in Inverness

Creating your own self-guided walk in Inverness is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Tour of Inverness

Shopping Tour of Inverness

Inverness is a growing city in Scotland, which offers a fun, memorable shopping experience for all tastes and ages. In its fashion, jewelry, and specialty shops you will find everything from chic clothing, fine jewelry and beauty products to traditional Scottish cloth, local souvenirs and gifts. Take this tour to visit the best shops in Inverness.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Religious Buildings Tour of Inverness

Religious Buildings Tour of Inverness

Inverness is home to a number of old churches and historic religious buildings. Many of them are situated on the banks of the River Ness and blend effortlessly with the surrounding landscape. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most prominent religious buildings in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Tour of Southwest Inverness

Tour of Southwest Inverness

Southwest Inverness boasts a number of prominent attractions, including Ness Bank Church, Inverness War Memorial, Eden Court Theater, Bught Park, Tomnahurich Cemetery, Inverness Floral Hall, Whin Park, and the Ness Islands. Take this tour to discover this fascinating area of Inverness.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles