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Inverness a City in the Country

No visit to the Highlands of Scotland would be complete without a visit to or stay in Inverness, aptly called the capital of the Highlands. Inverness is a Gaelic word meaning "mouth of the River Ness", which flows out of Loch Ness, famous for its Monster!, into the Moray Firth, famous for its resident pod of Bottlenose dolphins. Read more fascinating facts, fiction and myths from Inverness and Loch Ness here in our, "Did you Know" blog articles

Inverness is just ninety minutes from London's airports and there are daily flights from Gatwick and Heathrow that can whisk you into the heart of the Scottish Highlands and into Inverness inside two hours! Inverness Airport, is a total contrast to the one you just left in London has relaxed unhurried atmosphere. You can jump on a bus, hire a car or taxi to make the 15 minute journey into the city.

The River Ness flows out of Loch Ness through Inverness city centre and the grassy river banks on both sides are regularly used by picnicking holidaymakers and locals alike during summer months. Local anglers eagerly await the Salmon runs in early spring heralding the start of the fishing season.  Salmon make their way up the River Ness to the spawning grounds in tributaries deep in the Great Glen. These migrating salmon are often pursued up river by seals which can be seen from the river bank. Where else could you see such wildlife in a city centre? There is a tranquil place too, Ness Islands, perfect for a quiet stroll close to the city centre and no need for walking boots Read more...

Or why not start exploring Inverness and its historic buildings by walking along the City Heritage Trail ?

Inverness and Loch Ness are inextricably linked, particularly for tourists, and few tourists visit Inverness without also having a tour around Loch Ness plus it is close enough to cycle there. Some handy information in our Blog here for getting from Inverness to Loch Ness. Likewise, virtually all tourists staying at Loch Ness, visit Inverness at some point during their holiday.
Holidaymakers and locals alike, from all over the northern Highlands, take advantage of the excellent shopping, clubs and restaurants which have opened up in recent years, since Inverness city centre has modernised and blossomed.

Travellers and holiday makers will find the compact city centre and the friendly unhurried pace makes Inverness a stress free destination with lots to do and a quality of life that is hard to beat anywhere in the world and one you will want to return to, once experienced! See our blog of things to do in Inverness without emptying your wallet!

There is a great variety of good quality accommodation in Inverness - hotels, bed and breakfasts, self catering and hostels, all of which get busy at peak periods, so it is always better to advance book your accommodation, whenever possible.

Main rail and bus routes from the south and north terminate in the city centre and Inverness airport at Dalcross is just 8 miles from the city centre. Flights to Inverness can be taken from many major UK and continental airports.

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Find out more on the Inverness City website or Inverness City BID website

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