Inverness

Travel Guide
Urquhart Castle which includes a lake or waterhole and a ruin

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.

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$94 per night from 18 Nov. to 18 Nov.
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness Castle and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Bellfield ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (947 reviews)
"Mostly ok but a lot of noisy disturbance outside our room at 1am on second night. Disappointed that this was allowed"

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2021

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Glen Mhor Hotel
Glen Mhor Hotel
3 out of 5
8-15 Ness Bank, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$95 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in Inverness City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Inverness Castle, University of the Highlands & Islands, and Inverness ...
3.9/5 Good! (955 reviews)
"Lovely room and very comfy bed and perfectly positioned for our weekend in Inverness"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

Glen Mhor Hotel
The Royal Highland Hotel
The Royal Highland Hotel
3 out of 5
Station Square, Academy Street, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$122 per night from 20 Nov. to 20 Nov.
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 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (968 reviews)
"Lovely traditional hotel. Can't beat the location for convenience"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2021

The Royal Highland Hotel
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Inverness City Suites
Inverness City Suites
4 out of 5
2-7 High Street, Inverness, Scotland
The price is AU$394 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
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! (118 reviews)
"Excellent location. Very helpful staff on site. We could not fault the cleanliness of the apartment. The only down side is the lack of lift on the premises but would recommend Inverness City Suites."

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

Inverness City Suites
Highland Apartments By Mansley
Highland Apartments By Mansley
4 out of 5
Living by the Bridge, 20-23 Bridge St, Inverness, Scotland
Located in Inverness City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Eastgate ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (252 reviews)
"Loved the property. Spacious and clean. Great having 2 bathrooms. Property was very central and lovely view. Having the balcony was a bonus for outdoor seating. The Only problem we had was nobody would answer the phone numbers that were on the email we received from Highland Apartments not even the ..."

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

Highland Apartments By Mansley
Bridge Street Apartments
Bridge Street Apartments
4 out of 5
401/405 By the Bridge, Inverness, Scotland
Located in Inverness City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Eastgate ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
"There was a broken lamp in the master bedroom. Sofa and chairs in living room very worn. Coffee table glass was in need of a replacing. Cobwebs on ceilings. TV in living room very small. Dirty dishes in cupboards, had to wash them all before we could use them. Shower attachment in bathroom didn't ..."

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2019

Bridge Street Apartments
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