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Inverness
Travel Guide

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.

Where to stay in Inverness

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is $86 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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! (994 reviews)
"Very nice spacious room, friendly staff and great breakfast"

Reviewed on Dec 25, 2020

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Jurys Inn Inverness
Jurys Inn Inverness
4 out of 5
Millburn Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is $65 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in the heart of Inverness, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Eastgate Shopping Centre and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Inverness Castle. Inverness ...
3.9/5Good! (836 reviews)
"Nice hotel well situated and adequate for our needs"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Jurys Inn Inverness
The Royal Highland Hotel
The Royal Highland Hotel
3 out of 5
Station Square, Academy Street, Inverness, Scotland
The price is $67 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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 ...
3.9/5Good! (997 reviews)
"It was a short-notice stay and I'm glad they were able to squeeze me in."

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

The Royal Highland Hotel
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Highland Apartments By Mansley
Highland Apartments By Mansley
4 out of 5
Living by the Bridge, 20-23 Bridge St, Inverness, Scotland
The price is $159 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Inverness City Centre, this apartment building is steps from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Eastgate ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (243 reviews)
Nice accommodation in very central location
"Great location and lovely apartment with views over the water. Nice big terrace although the weather didn’t allow us to use it. Everything was clean, modern and in relatively good condition. The dishwasher was broken but that’s just one of these things. We would happily stay again"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2020

Highland Apartments By Mansley
BCC Lochness Cottages
BCC Lochness Cottages
4 out of 5
Glen Urquhart, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Scotland
The price is $129 per night from May 20 to May 21
Situated in Inverness, this cottage is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Corrimony Chambered Cairn and within 9 mi (15 km) of Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition ...
3.9/5Very Good! (49 reviews)
Beautiful just needs some repairs
"Was a really nice cottage beautiful views beds were uncomfortable, oven didn’t work, coffee machine didn’t work, dish washer didn’t work, not enough towels or dish towels, need to bring everything with you including bin bags, sponges etc nothing in cottages. would go back but perhaps make sure everything ..."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

BCC Lochness Cottages
BCC Lochness Glamping
BCC Lochness Glamping
2 out of 5
Bearnock Country Centre, Glen Urquhart, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Scotland
The price is $58 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Situated in Inverness, this campground is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Corrimony Chambered Cairn and within 9 mi (15 km) of Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition ...
3.5/5Good! (53 reviews)
"Loved the igluhut, it was a great place to stay and rest after a long day on the hill. Would definitely recommend it"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

BCC Lochness Glamping
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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May 14, 2020

Our choice of going straight to Inverness gave us the real feel of the Scottish Highlands.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 23, 2020

I loved Invernes. It was beautiful with lots of things to see, do, and experience. It is definitely on the short list of places I want to go to again.

5/5 - Excellent

Gary

Mar 13, 2020

Great small town with scenic river and nice restaurants/pubs.

4/5 - Good

Clark4

Mar 7, 2020

Nice town

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 28, 2020

Small and quiet place. People is very warm and kind. Loved the full scottish breakfast. Lots of places to walk and enjoy with the family.

4/5 - Good

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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.

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