Indoor attractions round about Strathdearn.
Strathdearn is the perfect base to explore the Highlands from - in the country but near the city.
Nestling in the Findhorn valley with fantastic river and mountain views on every side, we are but a 15 minute drive from Inverness with its theatre, shopping and kids' entertainment. We can offer you an amazing concoction of culture, history, architecture and unparalleled scenery. Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people - it really doesn't get any better if you want to escape and unwind.
Here are just a few suggestions for a rainy day.
Experience the 'softer side of the Highlands' at our four star visitor attraction, where you will find a range of tours and award winning malts available. You can also watch our film, browse in our brand store, or even fill your own bottle of one of our distillery exclusive single cask whiskies.
Macdonald Aviemore Resort is home to Spey Valley Cinema, featuring all the latest releases and in 3D where available. Whether you're staying at the resort or you live locally, why not bring your friends & family to enjoy a night at the movies?
Eden Court was opened in April 1976. Thorough restoration of the Bishop’s Palace has brought back its former Victorian glory and outside, a new entrance and landscaped grounds means Eden Court ‘faces’ the city centre allowing visitors to finally enjoy the riverside setting.
As the only large scale performance venue in the region, the building was designed by architects Law & Dunbar-Nasmith to house all types of performing arts from opera to popular music, concerts, ballet, modern dance, drama and films. The 80-foot wide stage with a motorised centre can be adapted for different performances or moved back to reveal an orchestra pit for 60 musicians. The horseshoe shaped auditorium comfortably seats 830 or for smaller scale performances, with the upper tiers dark, it has the feel of a more intimate theatre.
Inverness Leisure has 2 large swimming pools so that we have something for everyone regardless of whether it is serious lane-swimming in our competition pool or a fun-family day out in our leisure pool. If it’s just a bit of fun you’re looking for with your friends and family then the leisure pool is the place to go. With a large wave pool, river with jets and geysers, 3 flume rides and an outdoor (thistle shaped) pool, family-sized spa bath and toddler pool it really is the biggest water-fun in the Highlands. The competition pool at Inverness Leisure is a fully approved 25 metre by 8 lane swimming pool. It also has a moveable floor which allows additional benefits to the pool and swimming lesson programme.
An excellent way for both adults and children to spend a wet day is to enjoy a spectacular train journey on the historic Strathspey Steam Railway. The train departs from Aviemore station and takes you on a 20-mile round trip along the original Highland Railway – an excellent opportunity to take in the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands! You can also choose to have a meal on board; from afternoon tea to Sunday lunch and a five course fine dining experience. They even do whisky tastings on board.
The museum galleries explore the fascinating history of the Highlands and its people. Follow the museum’s timeline to discover how the unique highland landscape was formed. Find out about the Picts and their beautiful carved stones, the world wide links of medieval Inverness and the importance of Gaelic language and culture. In the upstairs galleries the story continues with the Stuarts and Bonnie Prince Charlie, music, the stunning Inverness silver collection and ends with the modern city of Inverness. We have a vibrant Art Gallery with a programme of temporary touring exhibitions of local, national and international art and craft. There is also a Community Gallery for local groups to show their exhibitions. The museum has shop and a café for you to relax in.
In Speyside, in the Cairngorms National Park and looking for a wildlife watching experience with the chance to see Pine Marten, Badger, Red and Roe Deer and more? Come and enjoy our famous dusk wildlife, in the comfort of a purpose built warm hide on the Rothiemurchus Estate, with one of our professional wildlife guides!
The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) covers three floors of Fort George’s former Lieutenant Governors’ House. The museum has roughly 20,000 artefacts and an estimated 10,000 documents and photographs. The museum is the largest regimental museum in Scotland, outside of Edinburgh. Browse through the menus to feel the experience. This key historic site, cared for by Historic Scotland, is visited by approximately 60,000 people every year and offers the visitor superb views across to the Black Isle. From the Fort Ramparts you will see a variety of birds and occasionally; Dolphins, Minky whales, Orca’s and seals .
Opened in 1993 by Prince Edward, Inverness Botanic Gardens, formerly known as the Floral Hall and Gardens, are an oasis of calm and beauty within walking distance of the bustling city centre. With each new season the gardens are an explosion of colour and texture with borders planted to demonstrate a wide variety of plants and growing conditions. The impressive glasshouses reveal the drama of plant diversity ranging from the tropical rainforests to arid, heat scorched desert.
The Brewery is open to the public and we have a shop selling our full range of bottles together with party barrels and flagons of our permanent and seasonal cask products. We provide tours and offer samples of our ales.
Find more rainy day suggestions here. The Highland capital’s official source for information on everything there is to do and see in Inverness and the Highlands. Our enthusiastic team can help you book your accommodation, transport, day trips and cruises on Loch Ness. Your one-stop shop for accommodation, activities and attractions in the Highlands, we are located just below Inverness Castle, a 5-10 minute walk from both the bus and railway stations. Our friendly team of knowledgeable staff can provide you with information and advice that will help you make the most of your time during your visit to the Highlands