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Reasons to go to...Inverness

Heading north? Here’s why you should visit the capital of the Highlands...

It’s great for music!

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is one of Scotland’s most exciting festivals, which this year takes place on the first weekend of August - August 1st to August 3rd. Festival lovers will flock to see Scottish favourites The Proclaimers and Glasvegas, as well as The Coral, Jess Glynne and Elbow. Fancy dress is encouraged this year, so raid your wardrobes for a chance to win tickets to Belladrum 2020! This year’s theme is Sci-Fi.

Stay at Inverness Youth Hostel.

There’s tasty food & drink

Inverness Youth Hostel Group Manager Olimpia is a big fan of The Kitchen Brasserie, which is perfect for lunch or dinner.

“It’s one of the most popular restaurants in town and offers great views of the River Ness and Inverness Castle,” Olimpia told us.

This contemporary restaurant and local favourite serves up delicious Sunday roasts and divine pizzas! Go to Miele’s Gelateria for something cool and sweet. The ice cream parlour on Church Street offers 24 exciting flavours, including their most indulgent flavour yet – the Triple Chocolate Mountain.

For those looking to check out Inverness’ nightlife, head to Hootananny for live music from local bands and traditional ceilidhs, along with tasty local food – just make sure you book in advance! Check out Johnny Foxes which many believe to be the city's liveliest and friendliest bar...it's also home to The Den Nightclub for those who want to dance, dance, dance!

Book lovers rejoice!

Leakey’s Bookshop on Church Street is Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop. Home to around 100,000 books you’re bound to find just about any book you’re looking for in this literary haven. The open log-fire will keep you warm during the winter months as you flick your way through Leakey’s vast book collection.

Discover the castle right by Loch Ness

A 30-minute drive from Inverness sits Urquhart Castle, on the shores of Loch Ness. It may be a ruin but it’s the third most visited castle in the country, after Edinburgh and Stirling. The 13th century stronghold gives visitors a taste of how it felt to live in medieval Scotland. Check out this remarkable castle and uncover Scotland's history…you might even catch a glimpse of Nessie while you’re at it!

Our affiliate hostel in Drumnadrochit is a short distance from Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.

Watch this space…

Inverness Castle is currently the base for the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, but it won’t be for long...

Highland Council have announced plans to transform the 170-year-old castle, turning it into a visitor attraction. Currently, the castle grounds and the north tower are open to the public, but the new offering will include galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, cafes and a brand new public space.

Feeling inspired? Book your stay at Inverness Youth Hostel today!