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Inverness, also known as "The Capital of the Highlands", is located on the extreme south-west side of the Moray Firth and the River Ness' mouth. This city is set in the Scottish Highlands and serves as its administrative hub. It is a perfect base for travellers who enjoy remote destinations, like charming little Highland towns with rural tranquillity. The city has many interesting facts surrounding it, including a large fight in 1668 over Kebbock cheese, which engulfed the entire town. During the 1832 cholera epidemic, the town's health authorities advised Inverness residents to drink potent spirits to prevent contracting the disease. The locals take a lot of pride knowing they prevented another outbreak by following town orders, so you'll find alcohol consumption playing a big part in the city's daily activities.

Considered a standard practice nowadays, almost all accommodation outlets in Inverness offer free Wi-Fi. You'll find a good range of overnight options, including Victorian luxury stays and budget rooms, ranging from lodges and townhouses to guesthouses and modern B&Bs. Many of the facilities offer breathtaking views from the rooms. Another option you can find in town is a self-catering cabin. If you prefer to cook or reduce expenses from eating out, these cabins are suitable options.

What to see and do in Inverness

The city has a wide range of things to astonish and thrill you. Take a road trip to sightsee all of the city's landmarks. Walk along the streets on the river's edge to find wonderful museums, galleries and shopping outlets. Explore chambered tombs from the Bronze Age, or retrace the paths of fine soldiers who honourably gave up their lives on the battlefield. You'll enjoy watching dolphins, seals, otters and other sea creatures when going on a wildlife boating trip. Going on a monster hunt at Loch Cruise and try to find the legendary Nessie. You can also visit Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland's most historical ruins. Other notable places include:

  • Glen Ord Distillery: Enjoy walking around the beautiful grounds, purchase some souvenirs and enjoy free tastings.
  • Leakey's Bookshop: Do you love your books? Immerse yourself in this well-stocked bookshop and feast your eyes on numerous titles, both old and new. Browse around this unique charm and shop for souvenirs to take back home.
  • Scottish Music: Enjoy an evening listening to the fiddles and bagpipes of traditional Scottish folk music while sipping drinks in a local pub.
  • Inverness Cathedral: This is an artistic piece of gorgeously designed architecture nestled on the River Ness. Visit this colossal cathedral for a quiet spiritual moment and bask in its amazing structure.
  • Museum & Art Gallery: This is a great getaway for a rainy day. This modern museum blends geology, history, archaeology and fine arts.
  • The Marina: The towns' marina is one of the country's most sheltered harbours. In naturally deep water, you'll see a range of boats in different shapes and sizes. Plus, you can also go sailing or boating.
  • Infinity Trampoline Park: Younger ones can join in on all the airborne fun at this interesting attraction.

What to eat in Inverness

The town offers a range of cuisines, including Scottish, Italian, European, British, Turkish, Mediterranean and more. Some local favourites include lamb meatballs with pita bread, venison cottage pie, oatcakes and black pudding. Fish pie and burgers are also quite popular on the menus in Inverness.

Typical events and festivals in Inverness

  • The Farmers' Market: This event happens monthly on the first Saturday of the month, except in January. The stalls showcase various local and home-baked goods, such as cheese, fish, fruits, meat and vegetables.
  • Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival: This arts and music festival occurs at the beginning of August. First in 2004, and again in 2017, the UK voted this as the most popular summer music festival.
  • Loch Ness Film Festival: A community film festival managed by volunteers from a Scottish charity. This weekend event features short 15-minute film screenings. There's also a free guerrilla-style filming activity for children.
  • Music Festival: This 10-day competitive event in March provides all ages of differently-abled individuals opportunities to showcase their potential in various musical events.

How to move around in Inverness

This destination is the transport centre of the Highlands. You'll find regular buses and express coaches servicing routes throughout most of the community and the surrounding area. There's also a train service available and plenty of taxis. If you enjoy the thrill of wind blowing through your hair, take a bike. If you're travelling with kids or extra luggage, you can always consider hiring a car.

The climate in Inverness

The peak travel period in this destination is between April and September. However, as long as you prepare for varying weather conditions, this is an ideal town to visit any time of the year. The average temperature during the tourist season ranges from a high of 19° C to a low of 4° C. The winter lasts from November through March. It can get snowy and cold during this time, often with temperatures ranging between 9° C and 1° C.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Inverness

The most centrally located hotels in Inverness with the best ratings are: Rocpool Reserve Hotel & Restaurant, Hotel Acorn House and Hotel Ardlair Guest House.

It depends on the category of the hotel. If you want to stay at a 4-star hotel in Inverness, the average price per night is 89 , while you will pay an average of 64 for a 3-star hotel, and in a more luxurious 5-star hotel, you"ll pay around 93 .

You can make reservations at Hotel Culloden House, Rocpool Reserve Hotel & Restaurant and Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa if you"re looking for a hotel with valet service for your visit to Inverness.

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Inverness, we recommend Hotel Kingsmills, Hotel Loch Ness Country House and Hotel Inverness Lochardil House.

If you´re looking for peace and quiet and want to stay at an adult-only hotel in Inverness, we recommend Hotel Dunhallin House.

According to our clients, if you´re travelling with children, the best hotels in Inverness are Hotel Inverness Lochardil House, Hotel Kingsmills and Hotel Culloden House.

If you want to save time, the hotels in Inverness with express check-in and check-out are Hotel Dunhallin House, Hotel Kingsmills and Hotel Loch Ness Country House.

Some of the options for hotels with non-smoking rooms in Inverness are Hotel Dunhallin House, Hotel Culloden House and Hotel Kingsmills.

In Inverness, Hotel Culloden House, Hotel Kingsmills and Hotel Loch Ness Country House offer 24-hour front desk service.

If you're bringing a vehicle, we recommend that you book a hotel with parking in Inverness, like Hotel Dunhallin House, Hotel Loch Ness Country House or Glendruidh House.