Autumn in Inverness 2021

Autumn is a magical time in Inverness and the Scottish Highlands. Nature puts on a spectacular show as swathes of golden colours envelop the local landscape, wildlife is abundant and there are plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy. So, let’s take a look at some of the best things to do this autumn in Inverness.

Autumn cocooning

This month, we have a fantastic autumn offer here at Ness Walk Hotel. Where you can enjoy a one or two-night break at our 5-star hotel, complete with luxury accommodation and exquisite dining. Nestled on the banks of the River Ness, our hotel is in the perfect autumnal setting. Soak up the river bank views and enjoy an indulgent stay with us. Hurry, it’s your last chance to book an Autumn Cocooning break.

Exterior shot of Ness Walk Hotel Inverness

Theatre breaks

We also have a selection of show-stopping hotel and theatre breaks to dazzle and entertain you. Beginning this autumn with Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell. The package for two people includes your accommodation here at Ness Walk, Champagne on arrival, a pre-theatre dinner, tickets to The Midnight Bell at Eden Court Theatre, chocolates for the performance and breakfast the next morning.

Theatre stage before a show

Annual events

There are plenty of annual events and festivals, which take place every autumn in Inverness. Such as the Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running with a range of running challenges for all ages, and the Blas Festival celebrating the music, songs, language and culture of the Highlands. There is also usually a bonfire and fireworks display at Bught Park around Bonfire Night, although this has not yet been announced for 2021.

Close up of hand and bow on a violin

Autumn walks

The main highlight of autumn in the Highlands is the magnificent scenery. Made all the more beautiful (if indeed that’s possible) by the stunning autumnal colours. Scarlett, crimson and amber leaves paint a picture worth a thousand words. It’s the ideal time to enjoy a long walk, where you can really take it all in. From a peaceful stroll along the River Ness and Ness Islands right here in the city centre, to a section of the epic Loch Ness 360° Trail with spectacular views of Loch Ness. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to autumn walks near Inverness.

Beautiful autumn colours at Invermoriston near Loch Ness

Autumn wildlife

During your autumn walks, bring your binoculars and look out for wildlife such as red squirrels, grey seals, swans, geese and pine marten. Autumn is rutting season for red deer and you may see the males strutting their stuff in order to attract a mate. Competing stags roar loudly and lock antlers in this amazing spectacle. But don’t get too close, the autumn rut is best viewed from a safe distance! Look out to the waters of the Moray Firth and you might even spot a dolphin leaping in the air. For the best chance of seeing them, take a wildlife boat cruise with Dolphin Spirit or EcoVentures.

A red stag in the Scottish Highlands

Outdoor activities

The autumn weather in Inverness is mild and mixed. With highs of 16°C in September and lows of 3°C in November. We get some gloriously sunny days and some very wet and windy days too. But if you come prepared for all weathers, you can always get out in the great outdoors. There are so many of outdoor activities to choose from, including archery, golf, fishing, horse riding, canoeing and kayaking. On a stay at Ness Walk, we can put together an outdoor pursuits experience, personalised for you. Just contact us in advance and we’ll arrange this for you.

Two people canoeing on the waters of Loch Ness

Whisky tours

There’s nothing better to keep you warm as the nights draw in, than a comforting dram of whisky. So how about VIP private whisky tour with Gavin from Invergordon Tours? His Highland Distillery Tour will take you to whisky distilleries and attractions around the Highlands, taking you through the dramatic autumnal scenery. The tour is bespoke to you and your group, so you can decide where you want to stop. Or leave the itinerary in Gavin’s expert hands.

A whisky tasting selection

Most of Inverness’ top attractions are open throughout the autumn. So be sure to check out our things to do guide and sample itineraries for more ideas. We look forward to welcoming you to Ness Walk Hotel for an autumn break in Inverness to remember!

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