Aquadome Inverness

Written by Chris Thornton | 18th of January 2023
Aquadome Inverness

The Aquadome in Inverness is a large indoor swimming pool complex located on the city's west side. We love to visit this swimming pool when we are travelling up to Dornoch or down to Aviemore; it's a great start to our holiday!

Aquadome offers:

  • A large wave pool with water geysers.

  • A lazy river.

  • A choice of three exciting flumes/waterslides.

  • A dedicated toddler pool with small slides and water features.

  • A family spa bath/jacuzzi with powerful bubble jets.

  • A separate 25 m / eight-lane competition pool for lane swimming.

Active Inverness. Inverness Aquadome.
The leisure centre building.

Main entrance to Aquadome. A fun family day with the kids.
The main entrance to access the aquadome.

Changing facilities

The changing rooms at Aquadome are unisex, but there are many spacious cubicles to get dressed in with lockable doors. There are family changing rooms too which are much bigger and include baby changing facilities. Underfloor heating keeps the changing rooms cosy.

Lockers are available to place your valuables; no key is required; you set your unique 4-digit code and lock the door.

The lockers at leisure centres in Inverness.
The spacious lockers at the Aquadome.

The pin lock system on the lockers.
Lockers are locked via a 4 pin key you set yourself. No keys to worry about.

The changing rooms and lockers at Aquadome.
The changing rooms.

Aquadome lockers.
The changing rooms and doors to toilets.

A family sized changing room at Aquadome Inverness.
One of the family sized changing rooms at Aquadome.

Baby changing facilities at Aquadome Inverness.
Baby changing facilities.

At the far side of the changing area are a bank of six showers so you can wash before and after getting into the pool.

The shower block at Inverness Aquadome.
The showers at the Aquadome.

Inverness Leisure Pool

The leisure pool is perfect for children; the shallow side is only 0.3 m deep. There are signs towards the deeper end, and lifeguards will ask poor swimmers not to cross into the deeper water.

At frequent intervals, a klaxon will sound, and the wave machine will start; the waves are relatively powerful, and small children will need help. If you don't want to partake in the waves, the toddler pool is directly next to the main leisure pool.

The main leisure pool is a lot of fun; my kids love the waves and jumping in from the sides.

View of the leisure pool in Inverness.
The leisure pool and part of one of the flumes.

Family-sized spa bath

A family-sized spa bath is between the wave pool and the toddler pool. The spa bath has plenty of space to sit and enjoy the jacuzzi bubbles.

Flumes/water slides

Aquadome boasts three large waterslides; they can be seen protruding from the building from the outside. Despite our many visits to Aquadome, these slides have only been open on one occasion, and it seems to be quite erratic when they are open. If the slides being closed are a dealbreaker, I would phone ahead first (01463 667500) to save disappointment.

The slides at Aquadome in Inverness.
The waterslides as seen from the outside.

Lazy river

The lazy river section is only open at certain times/days; again, phone ahead to save disappointment. This faster section flows through a short circular circuit and can sometimes flow out into a thistle-shaped outdoor pool.

25-metre swimming pool

If you're looking for serious lane swimming, Aquadome has you covered with its standard 8-lane swimming pool. Interestingly it has a moveable floor to assist with the swimming lesson programme.

Inverness Leisure Centre

In addition to the fantastic swimming pools, Inverness Leisure Centre also offer the following:

  • A health suite/spa.

  • A gym.

  • A sports hall.

  • A studio.

  • A climbing wall.

  • A swimming lesson programme.

Inverness Leisure Centre climbing wall.
The climbing wall.

Inverness Leisure Centre gym.
The gym at Inverness Leisure Centre.

What to see near Aquadome Inverness

There is so much to see in Inverness and the surrounding area, here are a few suggestions!

Aquadome Opening Hours

Leisure pool:

  • Monday – Friday: 10.00 am – 8.00 pm.

  • Weekends: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm.

Competition pool:

  • Monday – Friday: 6.00 am – 10.00 pm.

  • Saturday: 7.00 am – 5.00 pm.

  • Sunday: 7.30 am – 5.00 pm.

Aquadome swim prices

  • Adult swim – £8.20

  • Concession swim – £4.10

  • Parent/carer & under 5 years old – £4.70

  • Family Swim (two adults, two children OR one adult, three children) – £21.40

Access to the leisure pool also grants access to the competition pool during public swim times.

Cafe Aqua at the poolside.
Grab a bite to eat at Cafe Aqua.

How to get to Aquadome Inverness

The Aquadome can be found on Inverness's west side and River Ness's west bank.

From the east:

  1. Leave the A96 and join the A9, heading north.

  2. Turn left at the roundabout before the Kessock Bridge, and head down the A82.

  3. Follow the A82, crossing Friars Bridge.

  4. Go around the Telford roundabout, staying on the A82.

  5. Turn right down Tomnahurich Street.

  6. Continue some distance down the A82 southwards until you see a left turn down Bught Road.

  7. Follow Bught Road to Bught Drive and follow the signage around to the car park.

From the west:

Aquadome Inverness is more accessible from the west.

  1. Follow the A82/Glenurquhart Road eastwards into Inverness.

  2. Follow the A82 around two roundabouts and then turn right down Bught Road.

  3. Follow the road to Bught Drive and follow the signage for the leisure centre.

Aquadome address:

Aquadome
Bught Park
Inverness
The Highlands
IV3 5SS
Scotland

Phone number: 01463 667500

The car park at Inverness Leisure Centre.
The car park at the leisure cetnre.

Conclusion

If visiting the Highlands capital, Inverness Aquadome is a great day out with the kids. The leisure pool is the largest in the north of Scotland and is a fantastic facility for locals and tourists.

Aquadome Inverness location map

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