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.

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Top hotels in Inverness

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
4 out of 5
Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
HK$733/night
3 Oct-4 Oct
4.5/5Wonderful! (958 reviews)

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! (958 reviews)

"Reception staff were brilliant. Dinner in dining room was excellent. Had an early start so didn’t do breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
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Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
7 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
HK$414/night
13 Oct-14 Oct
3.7/5Good! (992 reviews)

Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre ...

3.7/5Good! (992 reviews)

"Receptionist not that welcoming. Room information says restaurant closes at 9:30.. go to thr bar to order and they say 8:30 so had to argue to get meal order taken"…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019

Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality
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Glen Mhor Hotel
3 out of 5
8-15 Ness Bank, Inverness, Scotland
HK$582/night
13 Oct-14 Oct
3.9/5Good! (1,360 reviews)

Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Bellfield Park and Eden Court Theatre ...

3.9/5Good! (1,360 reviews)

"Location and room size were amazing, stay was much better than we could've imagined. No complaints at all."…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2019

Glen Mhor Hotel

Popular things to do in Inverness

Inverness Castle
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Inverness Castle

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

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

See a performance, watch a movie or take a creative class at this important cultural venue.

Top activities in Inverness

Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh

HK$482

Find rolling hills shrouded in mist, listen to stories of Scottish legends and heroes, and uncover the secrets tucked away in the the Scottish Highlands. On this full-day guided tour, explore the region's acclaimed National Parks, pass by massive historic castles, and scan the waters of Loch Ness for its famed and elusive sea monster.

Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour

HK$501

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

HK$305

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

HK$219

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

HK$484

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

HK$544

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.