Inverness

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Urquhart Castle showing 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.

Where to stay in Inverness

Mercure Inverness Hotel
Mercure Inverness Hotel
4 out of 5
Church Street, Inverness, Scotland, IV1 1DX
The price is HK$391 per night from 19 Dec to 20 Dec
HK$391
per night
19 Dec - 20 Dec
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.7/5 Good! (982 reviews)
Would stay again.
"Hotel room was clean, modern and the Scottish decor was tasteful. The breakfast in the morning was tasty with plenty of options available. Was only there 1 night but I would use again. Plus sides- Room was clean and had a stunning view out over the top of Inverness. Very central location. Down sides- ..."

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2022

Mercure Inverness Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Inverness Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Inverness Airport
3.5 out of 5
Fresson Circle, Dalcross, Inverness, Scotland, IV2 7BL
The price is HK$493 per night from 2 Jan to 3 Jan
HK$493
per night
2 Jan - 3 Jan
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a restaurant. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (259 reviews)
"Friendly"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Inverness Airport
The Royal Highland Hotel
The Royal Highland Hotel
3 out of 5
Station Square, Academy Street, Inverness, Scotland, IV1 1LG
The price is HK$752 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec
HK$752
per night
4 Dec - 5 Dec
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Pleasant stay with friendly Reception desk. The hotel is a bit tired but didn’t detract from the stay."

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2022

The Royal Highland Hotel
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.
The Rosebery Retreat By The Castle 1-bed Apartment
The Rosebery Retreat By The Castle 1-bed Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Inverness, Scotland
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV and cable TV. Popular attractions Eden Court Theatre and Inverness Cathedral are located ...
The Rosebery Retreat By The Castle 1-bed Apartment
Highland Apartments By Mansley
Highland Apartments By Mansley
4 out of 5
Living by the Bridge, 20-23 Bridge St, Inverness, Scotland, IV1 1HD
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly apartment in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (307 reviews)
Roomy and Comfortable in great location
"Spacious, comfortable apartment in city centre with lovely views. Staff very helpful throughout. Close to shopping, transport infrastructure and necessary amenities. Eateries,coffee shops and hostelries also close"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2022

Highland Apartments By Mansley
Inverness City Suites
Inverness City Suites
4 out of 5
2-7 High Street, Inverness, Scotland, IV1 1HY
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Inverness. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (150 reviews)
"Great peaceful location, short walk to town, spacious apartment, loved it!"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2022

Inverness City Suites
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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