There are a number of sites of interest to the tourist within a few miles of Inverness, such as the imposing Fort George, built in 1748 as a result of the Jacobite rebellion, and now one of the finest fortifications in Europe. That rebellion was finally quashed at the battle of Culloden, the site of which is four miles east of Inverness. Nearby are the stones and cairns of Clava which date from 1500 years BC.
The main tourist attraction in Inverness-shire however lies south of Inverness. Loch Ness, famous for its monster, has fascinated locals and visitors for hundreds of years. The first recorded sightings of the monster date from the 7th century - information centres in the village of Drumnadrochit on the west side of the loch detail many more instances.
Beauly, at the innermost coast of the Beauly Firth, and only 12 miles from Inverness, is an excellent and enjoyable example of a historic Highland town.
Fort Augustus at the south end of Loch Ness has a visitor centre at the Benedictine Abbey, right on the loch side, with an exhibition detailing the history of the Highlands.