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Loads of choice to keep you busy in Inverness city centre


By John Davidson

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There are plenty of activities taking place in and around the city centre. Here is a round-up of some of the events you can take part in and places that are open to visitors.

Many need to be booked in advance and, of course, times and availability may be affected by future changes to restrictions.

Ellerium Games, Lombard St

Weekday gaming clubs are running as normal and booking available – new players always welcome. Table space for playing games can be booked at any time.

Keep updated with activities on Facebook @Elleriumgames

Breakout Games on Union Street

Real life Escape Games – open Thursday-Sunday and every day in the school holidays – slots bookable online via: www.breakoutgamesinverness.com

A variety of three escape games for groups of two to six players who must work together to escape the room within the 60-minute time scale by uncovering clues and completing a series of puzzles.

Freedom Within Life – Inverness Yoga Studio on Castle Street

A weekly programme of yoga classes bookable online – freedomwithinlife.co.uk/book-yoga-classes

The Crown Studio on Market Brae Steps

Pilates classes available for all levels – private lessons or blocks of six.

Inverness Botanic Gardens. Picture: Callum Mackay
Inverness Botanic Gardens. Picture: Callum Mackay

Inverness Botanic Gardens

Open seven days a week, 10am–4pm.

Whatever the weather, whatever the season there’s always something to delight the eye and engage the senses at the Floral Hall (above). There is something for everyone – horticulturalists will be inspired by the UK’s most northerly botanic gardens which includes a Tropical House. Families can explore many hidden corners, you can enjoy a stroll with friends or just sit in the peaceful surroundings.

Inverness Archive Centre

Currently open two days per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with bookable slots from 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm (reviewed regularly and changes made accordingly).

The Highland Archive Centre is responsible for collecting, preserving, and making accessible, archives relating to the history of the Highlands. In addition to bespoke search room and repository facilities, the centre incorporates a dedicated Family History Room, and a specialist Conservation Studio.

Inverness Leisure

Leisure Pool – Monday-Friday: 10am-8pm and weekends: 9am-5pm

25m Competition Pool – Monday-Friday: 6am-10pm and weekends: 7.30am-5pm

Health Suite and Spa – Monday-Thursday: 10am-10pm, Friday: 8am-10pm, weekends: 9am-5pm

Gym – Monday-Friday: 5.45am-10pm and weekends: 7.45am-6pm

Sports Halls – Monday-Friday: 7.30am-10.30pm and weekends: 8.30am-5.30pm

Queens Park Athletics Stadium – Monday-Friday: 7.30am-10pm and weekends: 7.30am-5.30pm (the track is closed to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 7pm-8.30pm)

Climbing Wall – Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 3pm-10pm, Tuesday and Thursday: 12.30pm-10pm and weekends: 10am-5pm

  • All activities and times believed to be correct at time of printing. Please check ahead for any changes due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

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