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Inverness

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Gateway to the Highlands
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center. One of the fastest-growing cities in Europe, Inverness is home to an expanding high-tech community. During the height of the tourist season, the city and the surrounding area overflow with visitors intent on finding the mysterious monster that is supposed to be hiding in the murky waters of nearby Loch Ness. Numerous cruise options are offered on the loch. Visitors who prefer to stay on dry land can search for shops instead of monsters by strolling along the River Ness, which runs through the heart of the city. Our United Kingdom trip builder website combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Popular things to do in Inverness

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Distillery Tour
Distillery Tours
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Duration: 4 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
River Ness ©
Water Body
River Ness
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Fort George
Historic Site
Fort George
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Inverness

Cairngorm Mountain ©
Ski Area
Cairngorm Mountain Aviemore
4.2
Duration: 8 hours
Urquhart Castle ©
Castle
Urquhart Castle Drumnadrochit
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark Forest Adventure Park ©
Theme Park
Landmark Forest Adventure Park Carrbridge
4.5
Duration: 8 hours
Culloden Battlefield ©
Battlefield
Culloden Battlefield Culloden Moor
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Inverness

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Food Tour
Food Tours
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Inverness Botanic Gardens ©
Garden
Inverness Botanic Gardens
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Historic Sites in Inverness

Old Kirk Yard ©
Church
Old Kirk Yard
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Inverness Cathedral ©
Church
Inverness Cathedral
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Battlefield Select Tours ©
Battlefield
Battlefield Select Tours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Old High Church, Inverness ©
Church
Old High Church, Inverness
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Inverness

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Highland Archive Centre ©
History Museum
Highland Archive Centre
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
History Museum
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Castle Gallery
Art Gallery
Castle Gallery
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Inchmore Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Inchmore Gallery
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Inverness

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Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Cheese Pantry@ Connage ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cheese Pantry@ Connage Ardersier
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Caledonian Gifts and Souvenirs
Gift & Specialty Shop
Caledonian Gifts and Souvenirs
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Chisholms Highland Dress ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Chisholms Highland Dress
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Ticket To Ride - Bike Hire ©
Outdoor Activity
Ticket To Ride - Bike Hire
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
Scottish Flair Art Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Scottish Flair Art Gallery
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Loch Ness ©
Water Body
Loch Ness Loch Ness Region
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
Park
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park Kingussie
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Inverness

You’ll easily find bed and breakfasts and guesthouses convenient to the center of town in Inverness, from the cozy to more large-scale places, often with a view down to the River Ness, which later joins Loch Ness. For more affordable accommodation, look for a few budget hostels, as well as camping and caravan sites. If you've got a car, consider staying just outside the city in a quiet village, where you can explore the city by day and nature by evening. Since this is the largest city in the Highlands, you'll probably be able to find something last minute, but if you have a specific type of accommodtion in mind, it's a good idea to book in advance.
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