River Ness, Inverness

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River Ness flows from Loch Ness to the Beauly Firth, running through Inverness and Loch Dochfur. It is one of the most important waterways in Scotland, and along its shores are Inverness Castle, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Eden Court Theatre, and St. Andrew's Cathedral. The river flows through the center of Inverness and is traversed by many bridges that connect both sides of the city. You'll also find the Ness Islands where nature walks and fishing are popular activities with nearby facilities for sports and leisure. Take a short cruise down the river and peer into the water where you may see the Loch Ness Monster lurking in the shadows. Plan to see River Ness and other attractions that appeal to you using our Inverness sightseeing planner.
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  • The river is in the town centre- just set of in either direction for a beautiful riverside walk. Can be combined with a walk to the locks on the Caledonian Canal.  more »
  • The river is the soul of the city. The walk across the river, on the ness walk, is relaxing and so enjoyable, and on the small islands on the river. Please take some time to see the sunset on the Ness...  more »
  • It was a little exciting to sail out on the Lock Ness. This was a typical tourist trap. The bus ride to and from the LN was more exciting and interesting.
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Where to stay in Inverness

You’ll easily find bed and breakfasts and guesthouses convenient to the center of town in Inverness, from the cozy to more large-scale places, often with a view down to the River Ness, which later joins Loch Ness. For more affordable accommodation, look for a few budget hostels, as well as camping and caravan sites. If you've got a car, consider staying just outside the city in a quiet village, where you can explore the city by day and nature by evening. Since this is the largest city in the Highlands, you'll probably be able to find something last minute, but if you have a specific type of accommodtion in mind, it's a good idea to book in advance.
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