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Inverness - Arts & Culture

On an Inverness city break you'll find that the city has a varied arts and culture scene, often with a distinctly Highland flavour. Choose from our top ten recommended arts and culture experiences below.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinemas
Following a two-year refurbishment period that has seen the only large-scale theatre in the Highlands transformed into the biggest and best arts venue in Scotland, you can now catch a show in the 850 seat auditorium, or visit the two new state-of-the-art cinemas. You could also enjoy new galleries, exhibitions, the fantastic bar and restaurant facilities or visit the Bishop's Palace, one of the most important historical buildings in Inverness.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Situated at the foot of the Castle Hill, the museum was founded on its current site in 1880. Extensively refurbished in 2006, it now offers a range of new displays, visitor facilities and stunning exhibitions on geology and natural history as well as the rich archaeological heritage of the Highlands. It's well worth a visit to really connect with the heritage of the Highlands.

Hootananny's Traditional Scottish Music Nights
Hootananny bring you the best in live music, superb Thai cooking and a range of the finest locally produced real ales. Wrap all that with a warm welcome and you have the best night out in the Highland capital. Spread across three venues - the downstairs Ceilidh Cafe Bar, Mad Hatters and The Bothy Sofa Bar - this is one night you won't want to miss.

The Ironworks Music Venue
With a range of shows, styles, artists and bands, The Ironworks venue is the ideal place to visit. Check ahead to see what's on but you can guarantee that there's always something - or someone - playing here.

The Jennifer Welch Gallery
Containing a wealth of quality fine art, this gallery showcases the work of some of Scotland's hugely talented contemporary painters. So there are a selection of affordable pictures alongside a wide variety of art works, including glassware, pottery and art soaps - as well as stunning Victorian paintings including works by renowned Scottish artists from Robert Gemmell Hutchison and Willliam Miller Frazer to John Faed and Waller Hugh Paton.

The Riverside Gallery
A long-established family business, they offer expert advice, art sales, picture restoration, and cleaning and framing for all types of oil paintings and watercolours. Set in a delightful position on the east bank of the River Ness, it's the perfect place to view or buy their wide selection of oil paintings and watercolours by original artists.

RockNess Festival
One of the festival highlights in the Scottish music calendar, Rockness has quickly established itself with great bands and a stunning location. And these both combine to make this a weekend that will live long in the memory.

Tartan Heart Festival - Belladrum
This unusual festival has a vibe all of its own. The people are friendly, families love it, the setting is stunning, the music blows you away and it's all on a relaxing human scale you can enjoy without that Times Square sensation of being over-thronged.

Inverness Cathedral
Inverness Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, was completed in 1869 and is part of of a group of nine churches located along the banks of the River Ness. It's distinctive twin steeples and riverside location make it an Inverness landmark. A Scottish Episcopal Cathedral, it has daily services and services on Sundays at 8.15am, 10.30am and 5.30pm.