Inverness

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Urquhart Castle which includes building ruins and a lake or waterhole
Inverness has all the attractions of a major city, including quality museums and heritage sites, as well as a perfect placement for Highland exploring.

Lively urban life and stunning country landscapes come together in Inverness, a city that mixes modernity and tradition to create a unique Highland experience. Visit the town center’s galleries, museums and theaters and explore the historical city buildings. Experience Scotland’s famous wilderness in the surrounding mountains or discover the nature contained within the town itself.

Saints and Shakespearean kings have all reportedly lived here at the mouth of the River Ness, where a city has existed since the 12th century. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Inverness flourished as a port. Remnants of this period are still evident in places such as Church Street, where many buildings date back to this era. Step into Abertarff House, one of the city’s oldest buildings, for a glimpse of life during this time.

Follow the historic trail around the city, stopping at Inverness Castle, which today functions as the courthouse, and Victorian buildings such as the Town House and Public Library. Buy souvenirs in the Victorian Market, a traditional arcade containing shops.

Learn about the history of the old town in Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, which traces the story of the Highlands and displays art by local painters and sculptors. Eden Court Theatre and Cinema provides evening entertainment for the city's culture enthusiasts.

Disappear into the wooded riverside walks of Ness Islands, a swath of nature cutting through the middle of the city. Look for salmon jumping and otters gamboling in the water.

Find historical sights outside the city limits too. Climb the tower of stunning Urquhart Castle on the green banks of Loch Ness or reenact a battle at Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.

Inverness has a station served by regular trains from the rest of Scotland and an airport with connections to most of the U.K.'s major cities, including London and Belfast. Visit in winter for skiing in the nearby mountains or arrange your trip for summer to enjoy warm days and light evenings.

Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
7 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland, IV3 5NF
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The price is $122 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (997 reviews)
"Hotel was very well situated for the attractions, they were a little short staffed so one room was not ready by 3pm check in and also receptionist was covering the bar as well. One the whole fine for what we needed."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland, IV2 3LP
The price is $152 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
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"The Kingsmill is a wonderful hotel, with friendly staff, clean rooms and a great restaurant."

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Lochardil House Hotel
Lochardil House Hotel
4 out of 5
Stratherrick Road, Inverness, Scotland, IV2 4LF
The price is $163 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (260 reviews)
"The family room was very big with a wonderful bathroom that had a shower and a tub."

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Lochardil House Hotel
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BCC Lochness Glamping
BCC Lochness Glamping
2 out of 5
Bearnock Country Centre, Glen Urquhart, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Scotland, IV63 6TN
The price is $49 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this campground in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in our reviews. ...
3.3/5 (63 reviews)
Neat little place
"Great one night stay. A little pricey for what it is, but it was a neat little place. Pretty standard accommodations a little farther out than I expected, but would recommend."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

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Inverness City Suites
Inverness City Suites
4 out of 5
2-7 High Street, Inverness, Scotland, IV1 1HY
The price is $303 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (145 reviews)
"The property was a 20 minute walk from the city center area. Be prepared to walk if you do not have a vehicle as the taxis are quite limited and I don’t believe Uber services Inverness. The lodging was nice, clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Inverness City Suites
Loch Ness Highland Cottages
Loch Ness Highland Cottages
4 out of 5
Invermoriston, Inverness, Scotland, IV63 7YE
Stay at this 4-star cottage in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (27 reviews)
"Lovely stay. Polite and helpful host Well kept villa. Great for a full family."

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Loch Ness Highland Cottages
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