Inverness

Travel Guide
Urquhart Castle showing 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.

Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
7 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $72 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is steps from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Eden Court Theatre is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. ...
3.7/5 Good! (946 reviews)
"Lovely old style property, great buffet breakfast, good bar food, great staff😁😁"

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 2021

Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $104 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eastgate Shopping Centre and Inverness Castle. Eden Court Theatre is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (949 reviews)
"Lovey hotel. Absolutely spotless Straight forward check-in/check-out Very helpful staff Would definitely recommend"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2021

Kingsmills Hotel
Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
8 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $99 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Located in Inverness City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Eden Court Theatre is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (562 reviews)
"Great hotel excellent food"

Reviewed on Nov. 19, 2021

Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
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Waverley Inn Apartments
Waverley Inn Apartments
3.5 out of 5
1 Fraser Street, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $80 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Located in Inverness City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Eden Court Theatre ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
Highly recommend
"The only extra thing that would of been nice was a bath but other than that you couldn’t of asked for anything more,"

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

Waverley Inn Apartments
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 CA $122 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 9
Located in Inverness City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Eden Court Theatre ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (257 reviews)
"Modern decor with a balcony to the river view. I would recommend some form of plug in light plug for the hall to save leaving the lamp during the night."

Reviewed on Nov. 11, 2021

Highland Apartments By Mansley
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 CA $126 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Situated in Inverness, this cabin is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Corrimony Chambered Cairn and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre and Loch Ness ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (52 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 Aug. 17, 2021

BCC Loch Ness Log Cabins
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