Inverness

Travel Guide
Urquhart Castle showing a lake or waterhole and building ruins

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

Courtyard by Marriott Inverness Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Inverness Airport
3.5 out of 5
Fresson Circle, Dalcross, Inverness, Scotland
The price is £58 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Castle Stuart, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Culloden Battlefield and Cawdor Castle. Eastgate Shopping ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (110 reviews)
"Another pleasant stay at the Marriott Inverness Airport."

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Inverness Airport
Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £80 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Eastgate Shopping Centre and Inverness Castle. Eden Court Theatre is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (947 reviews)
"Will be back"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2022

Kingsmills Hotel
BCC Loch Ness Log Cabins
BCC Loch Ness Log Cabins
3.5 out of 5
Bearnock Country Centre, Glenurquhart, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Scotland
The price is £85 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated in Inverness, this cabin is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Corrimony Chambered Cairn and within 6 miles (10 km) of Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre and Loch Ness ...
3.9/5 Good! (54 reviews)
Short stay
"Lovely cabin in the middle of nowhere so really peaceful. Two teenagers not happy that there was no WIFI but I loved it. Very clean but lounge furniture could do with replacement. Stream right next to the cabin was great to fall asleep to."

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2021

BCC Loch Ness Log Cabins
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BCC Loch Ness Log Cabins
BCC Loch Ness Log Cabins
3.5 out of 5
Bearnock Country Centre, Glenurquhart, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Scotland
The price is £85 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated in Inverness, this cabin is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Corrimony Chambered Cairn and within 6 miles (10 km) of Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre and Loch Ness ...
3.9/5 Good! (54 reviews)
Short stay
"Lovely cabin in the middle of nowhere so really peaceful. Two teenagers not happy that there was no WIFI but I loved it. Very clean but lounge furniture could do with replacement. Stream right next to the cabin was great to fall asleep to."

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2021

BCC Loch Ness Log Cabins
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 £88 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Inverness City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Eden Court Theatre ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (261 reviews)
"Great location, super views from a river facing room and patio area. Nice and quiet despite being in the city."

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2021

Highland Apartments By Mansley
Inverness City Suites
Inverness City Suites
4 out of 5
2-7 High Street, Inverness, Scotland
Located in Inverness City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Inverness Castle, Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. Fort George ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (124 reviews)
"I normally do not write reviews but had to share our awesome experience with this establishment. They were a pleasure to work with and super accommodating to us and our two young kids. The location is perfect for those coming by train and wanting to be close to great food and sights. Highly recommend ..."

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2022

Inverness City Suites
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