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Inverness and Loch Ness FAQs

We have set up this FAQs section to help ease your travel to and around Inverness and Loch Ness. If there are any questions you would like to ask our team are here to help. Just email us via our Contact Form and we will get back to you. Can’t find what you are looking for? Let us know and we will update this page to help other travellers with answers to your questions.

Where are Inverness and Loch Ness?

In the Highlands, north of Scotland, within the United Kingdom. View map.

Inverness is a compact but vibrant city, known as the capital of the Highlands. Loch Ness is a vast body of water, surrounded by villages and attractions, located around 15 miles south west of Inverness.

Find out more about travelling between Inverness and Loch Ness.

What currency is used in Scotland?

The currency of Scotland and the United Kingdom is the Pound Sterling (GBP).

One pound is made up of 100 pence. Coins come in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 denominations.

Bank of England, Scottish and Northern Irish banknotes are all accepted in Scotland and throughout the UK. Banknotes come in £1 (Scotland only), £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes.

What are the best Loch Ness and Inverness Tours?

A great way to see the area of Inverness and Loch Ness is to join one of the many tours that leave from Inverness. These take you to special places like Glen Affric, around Loch Ness, to the many historic attractions, or over to Skye. Enjoy the local knowledge and insights from a specialist guide. *Please note that you really do need to book early if travelling in peak season.*

Check out WOW Scotland, Happy ToursRabbies Tours or Highland Experience for a guided tour of the area. Or Cruise Loch Ness and Jabobite Cruises for boat tours of Loch Ness. If you are interested in wildlife, Dolphin Spirit offers dolphin and wildlife cruises on the Moray Firth and will pick you up from Inverness city centre. Fancy exploring the area on two wheels? Cycling tours are available with 42 Cycling.

Where can I go dolphin spotting in Scotland?

You can book a nature and dolphin spotting tour on the Moray Firth with Dolphin Spirit Inverness Tours. You can also find more information on watching dolphins at Chanonry Point.

Where is good to visit in the city of Inverness?

In Inverness, there are lots of wonderful places to visit. You can now visit Inverness Castle via its viewpoint viewing platform which was opened in 2018. Other amazing sights are the Victorian Market, Ness Islands, our Historic Town House and the Cathedral. You can also visit Abertarff House. Inverness’ oldest building. View a full list of local attractions.

How many castles are there in Inverness and Loch Ness?

We have six Scottish castles within our area of Inverness and Loch Ness. Four are visitor attractions and two are open for private hire and events.

You can take tours of Urquhart Castle, Cawdor Castle and Dunrobin Castle. Plus, Inverness Castle is open to visits to the North Tower and viewing platform.

What are the best local walking trails?

The Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness Trail are two of the best walking or cycling trails in Scotland. Together, they join up to make the Loch Ness 360° Trail. A full loop around Loch Ness, which takes around 6 days to complete in full.

Find out more about walking in Inverness and Loch Ness.

Can I travel around Loch Ness without a car?

Yes! There are regular bus connections taking you along the north side of Loch Ness, where all the attractions are via Inverness. Get information on public transport routes and timetables in Scotland. The best way to see Loch Ness and the historic places of interest around Inverness is by a Loch Ness tour. You can also book taxis.

Can I Fly to Loch Ness? Finding Flights to Inverness:

Flying internationally or looking for Edinburgh, Glasgow or London to Inverness flights? Whether you’re travelling nationally or internationally, flying to the Scottish Highlands is easier than you might think. We have an International Airport on the outskirts of Inverness and Loch Ness where many airlines fly direct. So travelling Inverness to Edinburgh, Inverness to London or the other way around is simple. Have more questions about Inverness Airport?

What kind of food is available in Scotland?

There are plenty of traditional Scottish foods to try during your visit.

Our national dish is haggis (meat pudding made with minced sheep’s liver, lungs and heart, oatmeal, onion, salt and spices, all inside a sheep’s stomach). Served with mashed neeps (turnips) and tatties (potato). Vegetarian versions are also available.

Other traditional foods include cullen skink, stovies, Scotch beef or venison, tablet, shortbread and cranachan.

But don’t worry, if you’re nervous to try our local delicacies, you’ll find many international cuisines on offer in Scotland. Such as American, Italian, Chinese, Thai and more. See our guide on where to eat in Inverness and Loch Ness.

What’s the weather like?

The weather in Scotland is famously changeable and you may experience all four seasons in one day. The trick is to wear layers, then you are prepared for all eventualities. Learn more in our blog about the weather in our region.

When is midge season and how can I avoid being bitten?

Midge season is from mid-May to September. You won’t be bothered by these tiny biting insects at any other time of year. But remember, midges are very small so their bites aren’t too bad, unless you have a severe reaction. And there a few ways to keep them at bay. Just follow our guide to avoiding the Highland midge.

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