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Explore the best museums and galleries near Inverness

Date published: 16/4/2024

Discover the culture of the Scottish Highlands

If you’re planning to visit the Scottish Highlands, especially the area around Inverness, you’ll discover a wealth of culture and history ready to be explored. Museums and galleries near Inverness offer a fascinating journey through Scotland’s turbulent past and vibrant artistic present. Here’s a guide to some of the must-visit spots on your Highland adventure.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

The Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is a vibrant hub showcasing the history and art of Inverness and the Highlands. Step into the past as you follow the museum’s timeline, discovering how this region was shaped over centuries. Explore artefacts left behind by ancient tribes and find yourself in the heritage of the Scottish Highlands.

The museum’s art gallery houses an impressive collection of over 100,000 pieces, from modern to ancient works by local, national and international artists. Don’t miss the chance to dress up in an 18th-century Highland kilt or pick up a few Gaelic phrases. When you’re tired of exploring, relax at the onsite cafe and browse the souvenir shop to remember your visit.


Historical Artifacts, old money in a glass cabinet in inverness museum and art gallery.
Historical artefacts, old money.

The Highlander Museum at Fort George

Situated at the historic Fort George, the Highlander Museum pays tribute to the regiments raised in the Highlands and Islands. Learn about the brave men who fought in Scotland’s turbulent past and dive into the military history of this fortress. Fort George is an 18th-century artillery fortification built to prevent another Jacobite uprising, but it is also still used by the military today. 

Fort George - Historic 18th Century Military Fortress near Inverness, Scotland.
Follow in the footsteps of the Highland soldier from just after the Battle of Culloden until the present day.

The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

No trip to Inverness is complete without a visit to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit. Find out about the mysteries of Loch Ness, from its geological formation to the legends of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. This immersive experience takes you through 500 million years of history, unveiling the secrets hidden beneath the Loch’s surface. The Loch Ness Centre is a fun and educational experience for the whole family.

A sticker of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster on the window pan.
If you’re curious about Loch Ness this is the place to visit!


Kilmorack Gallery

Just a short 15-minute drive from Eagle Brae, the Kilmorack Gallery is in a picturesque 18th-century church in rural Inverness-shire. This gallery has a dynamic collection of contemporary Scottish art, always fresh and inspiring with regularly updated exhibitions.

Closeup of brush and palette.
Kilmorack Gallery was established in 1997 by Tony Davidson.


Castle Gallery

Next to Inverness Castle, the Castle Gallery offers a great display of art across two floors. With changing exhibitions featuring both established and up-and-coming artists, this gallery is a haven for art enthusiasts. Visitors can speak with knowledgeable staff, many of them are artists themselves and gain insight into the techniques and stories behind the artwork.

Abstract blur contemporary art gallery for background usage.
The Castle Gallery is situated next to Inverness Castle.

Groam House Museum

For a deeper dive into Celtic and Pictish art, head to the Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, a 45-minute drive from Eagle Brae. Discover the details of early Christian art through artefacts like the impressive Rosemarkie cross-slab, a testament to Scotland’s ancient heritage.

Chanonry Point, at the end of Chanonry Ness, a spit of land extending into the Moray Firth between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, Scotland.
Explore Chanonry Point, a picturesque place to visit down the road from the Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie.

These are just a few highlights of the museums and galleries to explore near Inverness. Each museum or gallery offers a unique way to experience Scotland’s culture and heritage. Make sure to include some of these stops in your Highland adventure! Book your stay at Eagle Brae, a cosy retreat nestled in the Scottish wilderness and set out to explore the museums and galleries in and around Inverness. 

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