To the south west, and just 15 minutes from the city centre lies Loch Ness, where it's compulsory to keep an eye out for our most famous resident – Nessie – but of course there’s much more to see and do than monster spotting.
To the south east lie the Cairngorms – theUK’s largest National Park, famous for it’s wildlife and range of activities as well as numerous attractions for the less active.
For a bracing beach or seaside walk, the town of Nairn, famous for its golf is within easy reach. On route, take in Fort George, Culloden Battlefield, romantic and historic Cawdor Castle or immerse yourself in the past at the Bronze age Clava Cairns. Close to Fort George is the Highland Aviation Museum - a must for any enthusiast!
Lying to the north across the Moray Firth is the Black Isle – not really an island but a peninsula jutting into the firth. It’s a great place for spotting the Moray Firth dolphins and just a mile north of Inverness at North Kessock the WDCS dolphin centre lets you find out more about these wonderful creatures.
To the west Beauly, with its historic Priory and specialist shops, isn't far away and is the gateway to Strathglass and the glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, the latter described by many as the most beautiful glen in Scotland.
For more information on things to see and do both locally and across the Highlands go to Visithighlands.com