InvernessUnited Kingdom

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Visit Inverness

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.

Where to stay in Inverness

Inverness Castle showing a river or creek, heritage elements and chateau or palace

Inverness City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(332 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and stunning river views are just a few highlights of Inverness City Centre. Make a stop by Inverness Castle or Inverness Cathedral while you're exploring the area.

Inverness City Centre
Kessock Bridge, Inverness taken from Milton of Leys in the Scottish Highlands.

Milton of Leys

Though Milton of Leys might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Inverness Castle and Eastgate Shopping Centre.

Milton of Leys

Top Hotels in Inverness

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mercure Inverness Hotel
Mercure Inverness Hotel
4 out of 5
Church Street, Inverness, Scotland
$54
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Eastgate Shopping Centre and ...

3.7/5Good! (633 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful very dog friendly. Great location as you can walk to most restaurants and pubs."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Mercure Inverness Hotel
The Royal Highland Hotel
The Royal Highland Hotel
3 out of 5
Station Square, Academy Street, Inverness, Scotland
$59
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness Castle, and Inverness Cathedral. Eden Court Theatre ...

3.8/5Good! (1,259 reviews)

"Entering the building is truly impressive, beautiful. The check in was very good, all the right info was given, without asking. My room has everything I could need, clean, a place to plug in things, the room is a reasonable size."…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

The Royal Highland Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
$78
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eastgate Shopping Centre and Inverness Castle. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Bellfield ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,040 reviews)

"The room was great very quiet and good temperature. The hotel was undergoing some rennovations which will only improve what is great. The pool facility was smaller than expected and looking a little dated but was adequate."…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

Popular things to do in Inverness

Inverness Castle
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Inverness Castle

4/5(131 reviews)

A setting in one of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedies, this crenellated castle sits on a hill overlooking the River Ness.

Urquhart Castle
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Urquhart Castle

4.5/5(176 reviews)

Visit one of the most scenic heritage attractions in Scotland, a set of majestic ruins on the banks of the glittering waters of Loch Ness.

Culloden Battlefield
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Culloden Battlefield

4.5/5(127 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Inverness when you take a trip to Culloden Battlefield. Amble around this relaxing area's riverfront and enjoy its lively bars.

Eden Court Theatre
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Eden Court Theatre

4.5/5(6 reviews)

See a performance, watch a movie or take a creative class at this important cultural venue.

Inverness Cathedral
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Inverness Cathedral

4.5/5(75 reviews)

Discover the intriguing art and artifacts housed inside this controversial cathedral in the city center.

Eastgate Shopping Centre
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Eastgate Shopping Centre

4/5(78 reviews)

You can do some window-shopping at Eastgate Shopping Centre during your trip to Inverness. Stroll along the riverfront in this relaxing area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Inverness

Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh

$65

Find rolling hills shrouded in mist, listen to stories of Scottish legends and heroes, and uncover the secrets tucked away in the the Scottish Highlands. On this full-day guided tour, explore the region's acclaimed National Parks, pass by massive historic castles, and scan the waters of Loch Ness for its famed and elusive sea monster.

Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour

$68

Learn about the mysteries and myths of Loch Ness, visit Scottish estuaries, and gaze at some of the most breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Scotland is famed for its monstrous lake inhabitant and outstanding natural beauty; uncover both on this tour.

Loch Ness Cruise with a visit to Urquhart Castle
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Loch Ness Cruise with a visit to Urquhart Castle

$30

Uncover the mysterious legends and fascinating history of the Scottish Highlands on this 2-part tour of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Sail the dark waters that are said to be home to Nessie, the elusive Loch Ness Monster, and then explore the ruins and turbulent past of once-mighty Urquhart Castle.

Loch Ness Cruise with Urquhart Castle Admission & Highlands Bus Tour
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Loch Ness Cruise with Urquhart Castle Admission & Highlands Bus Tour

$42

Unlock the history and legends of the Scottish Highlands on this 3-part tour to Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, and the Great Glen. Sail the murky waters that are said to be home to the elusive Nessie, explore the ruins of once-mighty Urquhart Castle, and take in the stunning sights of the surrounding country.

Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Tour from Glasgow
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Tour from Glasgow

$61

Loch Ness immediately conjures thoughts of its famous inhabitant, the Loch Ness Monster. Learn about the mysteries and myths of this loch, visit various Scottish estuaries, and take in some of the most breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

Scottish Highlands Photography Tours - Glen Affric
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Scottish Highlands Photography Tours - Glen Affric

$165

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Falcon Square, Inverness IV2 3PP Scotland Pick up from the centre of town then travel to Glen Affric direct.

Reviews of Inverness

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

It was absolutely beautiful! I loved the countryside. Loved McGregor's bar, they had a very lovely staff and a great beer selection. The only downside was getting racially profiled at the airport and singled out into a different security line.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 1, 2020

My favorite place in the world!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

Just visiting family from Edinburgh

4/5 - Good

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Dec 2, 2019

Not a whole lot to do in the city itself but there were a lot of options to eat. Beautiful old buildings with character really make the city a great place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 27, 2019

Beautiful city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 22, 2019

Beautiful