No visit to the Highlands of Scotland would be complete without a 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 dolphins.
On its journey to the sea, the River Ness runs through Inverness city centre and the grassy river banks on both sides are regularly used by picnicking holidaymakers and locals alike during summer months. 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?
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. Likewise, virtually all tourist, 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 a quality of life that is hard to beat anywhere in the world and one you will want to return to, once experienced!
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 Dalcross airport is just 8 miles from the city centre. Flights to Inverness can be taken from many major UK and continental airports. Please see our Travel Section
Find out more on the Inverness City website