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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

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $115 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

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! (922 reviews)

"We are on our honeymoon and the hotel were fantastic we got a free drink to celebrate and as it was also my birthday we got a sharing platter of puddings that said happy birthday. The hotel really did go above and beyond."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2020

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
Ness Walk
Ness Walk
5 out of 5
12 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $203 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Located in the heart of Inverness, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eden Court Theatre and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Bellfield ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (116 reviews)

"Lovely hotel. Very nicely decorated. Friendly staff. Very clean. Huge comfy bed. Peaceful location but still very central. Great bar drinks selection. Very nice breakfast options. We parked our car elsewhere, I think it’s a bit steep charging £15 just to park there. The bedding was a bit paper like, ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2020

Ness Walk
pentahotel Inverness
pentahotel Inverness
4 out of 5
63 Academy Street, Caledonia House, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $65 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Merkinch Local Nature Reserve. Cawdor Castle ...

4/5Very Good! (959 reviews)

"Location, it's central & quiet. Staff were great, helpful & nothing was an issue. Rooms spacious, clean, well equipped, quiet, comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

pentahotel Inverness
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Inverness

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 $216 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Located in Inverness City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Eastgate ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (243 reviews)

"The view was fantastic, the secure parking was great and convenient location. However some of the furniture and appliances need some updating. Cleanliness was excellent. Overall we had a lovely stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 23, 2020

Highland Apartments By Mansley
BCC Lochness Cottages
BCC Lochness Cottages
4 out of 5
Glen Urquhart, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Scotland
The price is CA $145 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Situated in Inverness, this cottage is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Corrimony Chambered Cairn and within 9 miles (15 km) of Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition ...

3.9/5Good! (48 reviews)
Good family accommodations

"Spacious and well-apportioned cottage. No 5-star luxury but it has everything you need, and is clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 9, 2020

BCC Lochness Cottages
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 $131 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (51 reviews)
Nice location tranquility and green

"All good, beautiful log cabins"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2020

BCC Loch Ness Log Cabins
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Inverness

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5/5 - Excellent

Michelle

Dec 21, 2019

Really liked the small town feel of Inverness.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 5, 2019

A must visit city!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 23, 2019

Fun place to go out on a Saturday night!

4/5 - Good

John

Aug 28, 2019

The pasta at Bella Italia for the lunch time special is excellent! As was the service.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Aug 26, 2019

Very busy city, traffic horrendous. Some areas a bit sketchy around the bus terminal. No desire to go back. Shopping marginal.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 23, 2019

We just stayed the night and moved on. Our planned accommodation in Conon Bridge had closed, and Expedia very kindly re-located us to the Holiday Inn Express in Inverness, for which we were very grateful.

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