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InvernessUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Inverness

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$142 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (954 reviews)

"Lovely room clean and sanitated bed made up every day only one thing wrong with bed every time you moved husband moved too or if he moved I moved"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2020

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
9 Annfield Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$96 per night from 4 Oct. to 5 Oct.

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

4.1/5Very Good! (508 reviews)

"Room is clean and spacious. They follow social distancing rules in the facility."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2020

Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
7 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$92 per night from 18 Oct. to 19 Oct.

Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre ...

3.7/5Good! (973 reviews)

"Nice room, close to town/restaurants, very helpful staff, only thing missing in my opinion was a fridge in the room maybe. Breakfast was really good too. Stayed for 2 nights, would stay again if in Inverness."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2020

Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Inverness

Inverness Castle
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Inverness Castle

4.5/5(22 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(26 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.

Eden Court Theatre
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Eden Court Theatre

4/5(1 review)

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

Top activities in Inverness

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

AU$103
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Tour from Glasgow
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Tour from Glasgow

AU$94
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Loch Ness Explorer Full-Day Tour with Packed Lunch
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Loch Ness Explorer Full-Day Tour with Packed Lunch

AU$105
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Inverness

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5/5 - Excellent

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28 Dec. 2019

Lovely city and a great base to explore the highlands.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Nov. 2019

Much quieter then Edinburgh. Nice for some downtime. Good Pubs too.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Oct. 2019

Loved the area. The river walk along the islands was beautiful. The pleasant and helpful people in the tourist information centre put us into this and we both loved it. The area was delightful. We'd love to come again.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Oct. 2019

Beautiful city. Needed more time. Check the internet while travelling in Scotland in October and many things are closed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Sep. 2019

Lovely town. Will come again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Sep. 2019

Inverness is a very attractive city. All the people we met very very friendly and helpful, particularly at the hotel and at the railway station. The taxi drivers were great too, not too expensive. All good.

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