Inverness is an exciting city steeped in history and full of things to do. It sits within the Great Glen (Gleann Mòr) on the mouth of the river Ness and is considered the capital of the Highlands. Like Edinburgh, Inverness has it’s own loyal dog story. It is recorded that the Victorian Market burned down in 1889 and there was only one casualty, a butchers dog who refused to leave his post (protecting the butcher’s meat) and so died in the flames. He is affectionately referred to as the Greyfriars Bobby of the Highlands. You can walk your dog through the Victorian market today as it has remained a dog-friendly place.
My partner spent six months working in Inverness. Pup (Sash) and I stayed with him for two of those weeks. While my partner worked, we explored in and around Inverness. On the weekends we visited other Scottish places of interest such as Skye, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, any many others.
For the most part, Sash and I walked around the city of Inverness itself. There are lots of dog-friendly places to eat and drink and explore – see below for some highlights. A perfect day, for me, in Inverness would include a morning walk around the Ness Islands, an afternoon pottering about the City itself, and an evening in MacGregor’s bar.
Things to do and places to see in Inverness
A highlight of Inverness is this fantastic book shop on the high street. It is unfortunately not dog-friendly, but well worth poking your head into! I left our pooch with my partner outside – couldn’t resist. Now, I’ll talk about the dog-friendly things to do.
Places to visit in and around Inverness:
Dog-friendly accommodation in Inverness
We stayed in a little apartment that my partner rented while he was working there. This was a long-term rental and so not appropriate for short stays and holidays.
You can find dog-friendly accommodation on all the usual sites (e.g. TripAdvisory, Booking.com) and some new ones such as Dugs Welcome.
Other useful sources
Below are some websites that I found useful when finding things to do in Inverness, hopefully you will find them useful too:
- Dog-friendly blogs such as ‘Dog-friendly Inverness’ and the Dog-friendly getaways Inverness days out
- Visit Inverness
- Visit Scotland’s page on Inverness
- Pinterest – see our Highlands board for more ideas
- Dugs Welcome – dog-friendly places to eat and drink in Inverness