Our audio tour of Inverness ‘Gateway to the Highlands’ is now available on VoiceMap, an audio walking tour app. The app is available for download from iTunes and Google Play, but you can also listen to the tour via VoiceMap's website

Tour description

Kilts, bagpipes, Gaelic, clans and hot Jacobites (I'm looking at you, Jamie Fraser) - so many of our Scottish stereotypes come from the Highlands.

Inverness has always been the capital of the Highlands, the gateway between the Highland and Lowland communities. Yet Inverness has a complicated relationship with its highland heritage. On this audio tour of Inverness city centre you will delve into that relationship through ancient legends, invented traditions and a battle about a cheese.

The Nitty Gritty

The tour involves a 3 km walk around the highlights of the town. It takes an hour without stopping but you can pause the tour whenever you choose. The audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.

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River Ness, Old High Church, Inverness Castle

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts on High Street, on the pavement across the street from Inverness Town House. It is 4 minutes walk from Inverness railway station and 6 minutes away from Inverness bus station.


Places to stop along the way:

Leakey's Bookshop, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness Castle, Harry Gow bakery (try one of their delicious dream rings)

Best time to walk:

The tour is best completed between 12pm and 4pm, Tuesday to Friday, and between 11am and 4pm on Saturdays when Leakey's Bookshop and the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is open.


Inverness can get quite chilly, particularly in the winter months. Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather.