Inverness Travel Guide

     

Travel

Air
There is a small airport to the north west of the city, there are a limited number of flights that operate, but there are daily services to London and Belfast and you can also travel to European destinations such as Italy and Portugal.

Bus
The main bus station in Inverness is just outside the main high street and it is close to the railway station.  The buses here serve small towns in the Highlands area such as Fort Augustus and Invermoriston but can also connect inverness with other major citys in Scotland.  There are Megabus operated services to Glasgow, Edinburgh and London among other cities.

There are also bus services to more remote areas of the Highlands, the two main bus company’s that operate these are CityLink and Ramsens.

Train
The Railway station is close to the city centre and Inverness is well served by frequent trains.  There are services to connect with all the major towns and cities in Scotland (3hrs 30min will get you to Edinburgh) and also the further northern areas of Scotland such as Foress.  There is also a sleeper service which operates between Inverness and London.

Walking
Inverness is a pretty compact city that is best seen on foot, the shops, restaurants and bars are all spread around the city centre area.  There is also some good walks along the River Ness, which are best done on a dry day.

Other Attractions

Inverness Museum
The museum and art gallery is free to visit and it is very centrally located right next to the castle. Inside you will find a lot of information on highland history and of Inverness, there are a range of collections to view all of which is related to the Highlands area.

Loch Ness
There are several boat tours the operate out of Inverness on the most famous Loch in Scotland.  Jacobite Tours offers a variety of tours with varying durations, there is always the chance that you might spot the famous Loch Ness Monster while on a tour and if not you can enjoy learning about the legend and the surrounding scenery.

Urquhart Castle
A short drive down the side of Loch Ness you will find one of the most scenic castles in Scotland.  It has a great location looking out over Loch Ness and although it is mostly in ruins there is still a fair bt to explore.

Accommodation in Inverness

For the backpacker or those on a budget there a few hostels to choose from, try either the Inverness Student Hostel which offers good views over the River Ness in a central location. Alternatively there is also Bazpackers a 5 minute walk from the city centre.

If you want a nice hotel and are on a budget or looking for a bargain then why not try either the Mercure Inverness or the Ramada Encore.  Both hotels are in the city centre, the Encore is a few hundred yards from the bus and train stations and the Mercure looks out over the River Ness.  Both hotels have rooms from £50 per night.

If you are looking for some Luxury accommodation for the night then you cant go wrong with the well-respected 5 star Rocpool Reserve. It is centrally located and offers stunning views over the River Ness.

 

Shopping

There are quite a few shops along the high street in Inverness, but the main shopping area is the Indoor Eastgate shopping centre which is on two floors and offers a multitude of top branded shops such as French Connection, HMV and Debenhams. 

There is also a retail outlet a few minutes drive away, here you will find a Vue Cinema, a large Tesco and a few main stores such as Boarders, Homebase and Argos You can easily catch the 1a bus from Queensgate to the bus stop just outside Tesco’s car park and it’s then a short walk to the retail park.