Transport and Travel to Inverness and Loch Ness
By Air - Flights to Inverness
Inverness Airport is located some 7 miles east of Inverness / 21 miles from Loch Ness.
Direct flights to Inverness with British Airways and KLM (from May 2016), Flybe and Easyjet are available to and from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Luton, Amsterdam, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Dublin, Manchester, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Benbecula and Sumburgh - many of which are international airports with global connections, and all flight times within the UK are under 2 hours.
Summer arrivals from Jersey, Southampton, Zurich and Duesseldorf and Winter arrivals from Geneva and Innsbruck.
Local transport connections to Inverness are available from outside the airport terminal building, including bus and taxis services. Local and national car hire is also available for arriving and departing passengers.
Other major Scottish airports include: Glasgow, Aberdeen & Edinburgh.
For up to the minute flight information please refer to Inverness airport page.
The A9 is the main access road to Inverness from the south, Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow and also from the north.
The A82 is an alternative and more scenic route from the south (Glasgow) via Loch Ness through the Great Glen to Inverness. The A96 links Inverness to Aberdeen.
The B862 on the south side of Loch Ness links the small picturesque villages between Fort Augustus and Inverness, and also links to the A9 south to Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow and points further south.
The A887 is the main route to Inverness from the west coast and the Isle of Skye.
There are several companies for car hire at Inverness airport or Inverness city should you choose to travel here by bus, train or plane. The Highlands of Scotland also have a reputation for some of the most challenging and spectacular roads for motorcyclists in the UK…and beyond.
National bus companies including Megabus, Citylink, National Express & Stagecoach will take you from major British cities to Farraline Park Bus Station in the centre of Inverness, where local rural buses provide a service to all Loch Ness and Highland areas. Try Travelinescotland.com journey planner.
Telephone: 0871 200 22 33 for timetables for buses, trains, coaches, ferries and Scottish internal flights.
Taxis & Local Car & Bus Tour operators:
Local Car Tour Operators & Bus Tour Operators offer organised and tailored tours. There are licensed taxi ranks at Inverness Airport, Inverness bus station and train station. Local Loch Ness tour cars and taxis can be ordered in advance, and many accommodation providers will help you arrange transfers – just ask when booking.
To reach Loch Ness by rail you can travel to nearby Inverness or Fort William. From Inverness there are regular journeys north to Thurso, east to Aberdeen, west to Skye & the Kyle of Lochalsh, and south with direct fast services from Glasgow, Edinburgh and London (including sleeper services) - one of the most relaxing and scenic ways to travel to the Highlands and most trains will also happily carry your bicycle...
The Great Glen Mountain Bike Trail (80 miles) is a fully way-marked mountain biking route and runs from Fort William to Inverness with sections to suit all abilities. This is just one of the cycle routes that can bring you to the Loch Ness area.
Arriving at and then exploring Loch Ness and the Great Glen by foot must be the ultimate way to intimately connect with this location. The Great Glen Way runs from Fort William to Inverness, with spectacular views and historical and natural heritage to be discovered all along the way. 73 miles/117km in length, the whole route can be walked in 5-6 days, staying overnight in the various communities within the Great Glen and suits all levels of walker. For more information about the Great Glen Way click here. There are also routes which run along the South side of Loch Ness - with more under development.
The sixty mile long Caledonian Canal connects Loch Ness and the Great Glen to Inverness to the north and Fort William to the south. You can up your chances of seeing the Loch Ness Monster by hiring your own cruiser to sail where you want to go. There are piers, jetties and mooring places along Loch Ness. Most are free of charge. The hotels and pubs welcome boating visitors and there are well-stocked shops along the way with full services in some of the larger villages. If you don’t want to sail yourself, there are some excellent well established Loch Ness cruises that last from a couple of hours to all day (and overnight!).