Head north for a weekend break or holiday in Inverness. This vibrant city offers all the wonders of the Highlands on its doorstep. Experience true Outlander Highland scenery, iconic castles, majestic mountains and unique wildlife, including the famous Loch Ness monster.
View this compact city from the top of Inverness Castle, marvel at the stunning St Andrew’s Cathedral or take a relaxing stroll along the banks of the River Ness. Finish the day at an award-winning restaurant or lively Scottish pub with some traditional music and a wee dram of whisky.
Travel to and Around Inverness
Getting to Inverness
Bus and coach
There are good bus and coach links to Inverness from all over the UK with a variety of providers.
For UK connections visit Megabus, National Express or Stagecoach.
For a connection in Scotland from places including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen check out Citylink.
Visit the ScotRail website for ticket information and timetables if you are travelling within Scotland by train.
From elsewhere in the UK you can travel directly to Inverness from dozens of stations across the East Coast Mainline with LNER.
You could also travel overnight in great style from London to Inverness on the Caledonian Sleeper.
If travelling by road from the south, the A9 is the main route, connecting the city with Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and many other towns.
Find out more travel info at VisitInverness.
You can fly to Inverness Airport from a number of destinations across the UK and Europe. The airport is located 7 miles east of Inverness.
Local transport connections into the city are available. These include bus and taxis services. Local and national car hire is also available from companies such as Avis which offers car hire directly from Inverness Airport.
Getting around Inverness
Inverness city centre is pretty compact, so it's easy to get around on foot.
You could opt for a walking tour of the city with Walk Inverness or Walking Tours Inverness.
You can hire a bike in Inverness from Ticket To Ride or use the Hi-Bike service.
For recommended cycle routes in the area check out the Hi-Travel active travel map | PDF 1.9MB.
Bus and coach
Local bus services are available to get you from A to B around Inverness and other destinations in the Highlands.
Check out the Traveline Scotland Journey Planner.
There are plenty of taxi companies available in Inverness, including Inverness Taxis and Inverness City Taxis.
There are also licensed taxi ranks at Inverness Airport, Inverness Bus Station and Inverness Train Station.
If heading out of the city, take advantage of the many car hire companies, or join a day tour.
Places to Stay
Find the perfect accommodation in Inverness and choose your style of break, from a luxury spa holiday to a cosy Highland youth hostel.
Inverness is a great hub for exploring the Highlands, and there are lots of accommodation options.
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Help and advice
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Food & Drink Ideas
Grab a bite to eat in Inverness at a local cafe or restaurant. Whether you're going for traditional Scottish cuisine or something different, you'll be amazed at the variety in this northern city.
Map of Inverness
Things to do in Inverness
The Capital of the Highlands has everything from history to wild landscapes on its doorstep. Explore distilleries and castles, and and go looking for the famous Loch Ness monster.
From local legends and epic wildlife to hidden gems and wellbeing, there's plenty to do in and around Inverness.
The capital of the Highlands offers the chance to enjoy many unique experiences, including dolphin spotting, historic battles and atmospheric bookshops!
Routes, Trails & Tours
Inverness is an outstanding base for a Highland adventure. Whether you want to plan a hike or a cycle around some of Scotland's most stunning scenery, check out some of our recommendations for trails in the area.
Inverness has no shortage of fantastic events and festivals. Find something that inspires you and book a trip today.
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