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Inverness & Loch Ness – Winter Itinerary

Highland winter itinerary

This one-day self-guided tour for guests of Ness Walk Hotel takes you to some of the best winter attractions around the Highland area of Inverness and Loch Ness. The short trip includes about 1 hour of driving time and 30 minutes of walking time.


Breakfast – Start the day with a delicious Highland breakfast at Ness Walk Hotel, before heading out on your winter adventure.

Stop 1 – For your morning activity, we suggest a cruise with Loch Ness by Jacobite. This fantastic tour company runs boat rides throughout the winter. The large boats have plenty of indoor seating for colder days. From the hotel, head south towards Dochgarroch Lock. This is just a 10-minute drive via the A82. There are two cruises which depart from Dochgarroch. Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Stop 2 – Continue south for a further 15 minutes or so, until you reach the village of Drumnadrochit. This is the place where the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster was born and is well worth a visit. You can learn more about Nessie and her famous loch at the Loch Ness Centre, which offers immersive tours through 500 million years of history.

Stop 3 – While in Drumnadrochit, be sure to take in the view of Urquhart Castle by the shores of Loch Ness. This is just a short drive from the village. It’s such an iconic view and looks even more romantic on a crisp winter’s day.


Lunch – Great places to eat in Drumnadrochit include Cafe Eighty2Fiddler’s and Ness Deli. Then it’s time to head back into Inverness for the afternoon.

Stop 4 – Drive back to Ness Walk and park at the hotel. Then take a winter stroll along the banks of the River Ness. Head over the Ness Bridge towards Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. The picturesque walk takes around 15 minutes. This museum is a great indoor attraction which you can enjoy whatever the weather, which gives an introduction to the history and culture of the area.

Stop 5Inverness Castle is just around the corner from the museum. You can’t miss this imposing red sandstone building. It’s currently closed for refurbishment, but we certainly recommend a visit when it reopens in 2025. The new castle and gardens attraction will celebrate the spirit of the Highlands, through a series of exciting experiences.


Dinner – After a busy day, it’s just a short walk back to your accommodation at Ness Walk Hotel, where you can enjoy a relaxing fine dining experience in Torrish Restaurant.

Stop 6 – If you’re looking for some evening entertainment, the wonderful Eden Court Theatre and Cinema is just a 5-minute walk around the corner. The winter programme often includes pantomimes, concerts, dance and musicals. Take a look what’s on and book a show or a movie.

If you have a few days to explore, take a look at the other sample itineraries in our Highland Holiday Itineraries section. Our Concierge Team are always there to help with itinerary planning during your stay with us, so please don’t hesitate to contact them should you need anything at all.

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