InvernessUnited Kingdom

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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
The Royal Highland Hotel
The Royal Highland Hotel
3 out of 5
Station Square, Academy Street, Inverness, Scotland
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$103
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

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! (1,286 reviews)

"Location is excellent - can't get much more central to the railway station, shops, etc. The property itself is a character. The upper floors could do with some repair, but it was clean and comfortable. Walls are thin, though."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2020

The Royal Highland Hotel
Mercure Inverness Hotel
Mercure Inverness Hotel
4 out of 5
Church Street, Inverness, Scotland
AU$107
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

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! (655 reviews)

"Good central hotel. Wasn't pleased that on arrival we had to pay £6 per night for use of the car park, so add this on when you are looking for somewhere to stay. Room was pretty noisy at night as we were facing the street. Breakfast wasn't like breakfast photos, things like yogurt pots and lots of ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb. 2020

Mercure Inverness Hotel
Jurys Inn Inverness
Jurys Inn Inverness
4 out of 5
Millburn Road, Inverness, Scotland
AU$103
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

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! (673 reviews)

"Great stay, lovely room and fab breakfast Staff very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2020

Jurys Inn Inverness

Popular activities 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$85

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

AU$61

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

AU$44

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

AU$89

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.

Loch Ness Cruise with Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness Centre Visit
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Loch Ness Cruise with Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness Centre Visit

AU$67

Get to know the secrets of Loch Ness with this adventure that puts you right on the surface of its famously murky waters. Your half-day tour takes you to the remains of the castle that stands on its shores and reveals the legends and fascinating history that surrounds the beautiful site.

Loch Ness Explorer Full-Day Tour with Packed Lunch
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Loch Ness Explorer Full-Day Tour with Packed Lunch

AU$91

On this day trip through the Highlands, take in the natural beauty of Loch Ness, try to spot the famed Nessie, and a get a snippet of Scotland's rich history at dramatic Glencoe. Admire several natural marvels such as the mighty Ben Nevis and the Great Glen before visiting Perthshire.

Reviews of Inverness

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 28, 2019

Lovely city and a great base to explore the highlands.

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 4, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 25, 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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Oct 8, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 16, 2019

Lovely town. Will come again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 5, 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.