Holidays on a budget? Here’s our guide to the best free things to do in Inverness, which is only a short drive from Silver Sands…
Top of the list of things to do whilst on your caravan holiday in Scotland is, of course, monster hunting. Britain’s biggest fresh water body, Loch Ness is famous for mysterious sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, or ‘Nessie’ as she is affectionately known.
A short drive from Inverness, you’ll discover this incredible Loch, a lake that holds more water than all the reservoirs and lakes of Wales and England. At 23 miles long and one mile wide, it’s beautifully scenic, and a drive round this lake admiring the stunning views makes a great day out from our holiday park in Scotland.
Overlooking Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle was at one point in the past Scotland’s biggest castle. Now a ruin, it’s free to explore and provides great views of the Great Glen as well as the Loch Ness.
If a visit to the castle has whet your appetite to learn more about the history and culture of the city of Inverness and the Scottish Highlands, then head back into town to the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. It’s a free attraction to visit in Inverness, and you can explore the fascinating range of artefacts and collections that celebrate Highland life and heritage.
It’s nicely interactive for the children – have a go at feeling the weight of the Achavrail bronze armlet, play Merells or Hnefetafl, learn how to say some Gaelic words and phrases or wrap yourself up in an 18th century style highland kilt.
Enjoy the outdoors…
After a day of learning it’s probably time to shake it all out at the largest outdoor park and free children’s play area in Inverness. Whin Park is just five minutes drive, or twenty minutes walk from the centre of Inverness, along the banks of the beautiful river Ness. Ideal for the whole family, access to the park is free (with free parking) and open 365 days a year.
In the park there’s a large play area with slides, swings, rope climbs, a children’s assault course and picnic areas plus a boating pond with rowing and paddle boats for hire, a miniature railway and of course the obligatory ice cream and coffee shop for those essential refreshments!
Back in the centre of town, a visit to Inverness Castle is a great free thing to do in Inverness. Much of this castle has been turned into a government building so there isn’t much to tour inside but climb to the very top of the castle for views that overlook the entire city. Quick tip – if you are not used to walking, you might want to take a taxi to the top of the hill.
Whilst you’re in a sight seeing mood, you can also take in Inverness Cathedral, which is free to visit, close to the banks of the River Ness. This small but beautiful cathedral, which dates back to 1866, is open every day for visitors and the café comes highly recommended!
If all this exploring has worn you out and the sun makes an appearance then enjoy a relaxing day at Nairn Beach. With white sand stretching for miles on East Beach and the rock pool-filled West Beach, this beautiful bit of coastline offers a great free day out not far from Inverness. Nairn Beach is also a popular spot for dolphin spotting – or you can take a boat from the harbour to increase your chances!
Back in Inverness, we can also recommend a visit to Ness Islands as a free thing to in Inverness. Within a walking distance from the city centre you will discover a group of islands in the middle of the River Ness which are connected by suspension bridges, built in Victorian times. The paths around the Islands are level and suitable for all abilities and you can walk the loop around the islands in about an hour (distance approximately 3 miles).
Hope you have found our guide to free things to do in Inverness useful. Find out more about our holiday park in Scotland here and also other local attractions close to Silver Sands Holiday Park.