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Visit Inverness

The city of Inverness is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful places to visit in Scotland. It has all the benefits of city life, but with all the beauty and nature of the Scottish Highlands right on its doorstep.

Inverness - put it on your list of places to visit in Scotland

No visit to the Highlands of Scotland would be complete without a stay in Inverness, aptly named “the capital of the Highlands”. Inverness is a Gaelic word meaning "mouth of the River Ness". The Ness is a river which flows out of Loch Ness (famous for its monster!) into the Moray Firth (famous for its resident pod of Bottlenose dolphins). 

Travellers find the compact city centre and friendly unhurried pace of Inverness makes it a stress-free holiday destination. There’s lots to do and a quality of life that is hard to beat anywhere in the world. It’s a place you will want to return to again and again!

Things to do in Inverness

Inverness has it all … beautiful scenery, fascinating history and a wealth of things to do and places to see. Top city attractions include Inverness Castle, Inverness Cathedral, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness Botanic Gardens, the list goes on!

The grassy river banks on both sides of the River Ness are regularly used by picnicking holidaymakers and locals alike during summer months. The tranquil Ness Islands are perfect for a quiet stroll close to the city centre … and no need for walking boots! Or, why not start exploring Inverness and its historic buildings by walking along the City Heritage Trail?

There is amazing nature and wildlife to enjoy all year round. The salmon runs in early spring are a particular highlight. 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?

Holidaymakers and locals alike, from all over the northern Highlands, take advantage of the excellent shopping, clubs and restaurants in Inverness city centre.

Plus, you can’t visit Inverness without also having a tour around Loch Ness. It’s a 30-minute drive, or it’s close enough to cycle there in about an hour. You might just see the legendary Loch Ness Monster, so have your camera at the ready!

Places to stay in Inverness

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 book your accommodation in advance, whenever possible.

Getting to Inverness

Flights to Inverness can be taken from many major UK and continental airports. There are daily flights from London Gatwick and Heathrow that can whisk you into the heart of the Scottish Highlands within two hours. Inverness Airport, in total contrast to London, has a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere. You can jump on a bus, hire a car or take a taxi to make the 15-minute journey into the city.

Inverness also has excellent bus and rail links, with a central bus station and railway station in the city. So, it really is easy to reach your holiday in Inverness by public transport. Please see our Travel Section for more information.

Find out more about Inverness and why it is one of the best places to visit in Scotland on the Inverness City and Inverness City BID websites.

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