Inverness is a compact city in the heart of the spectacular Scottish Highlands, sitting on the banks of the River Ness.
With its pastel pink castle, abundantly adorned with flowers, Inverness is filled with historical treasures. The beautifully gothic Town House on the high street is one example, while Abertarff House is said to be the oldest building in Inverness dating back to 1593.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery gives a wonderful overview of the history of the highlands as well as the architecture of Inverness. These historical sites sit happily among the bustling shops, cafes, bars and restaurants that make up this neat little city. Riverside bars and pavement cafes can be enjoyed in the warmer months while boutique fashions, local specialities stores, Victorian markets and high street shopping can be enjoyed all year round.
A walk from the castle, along the River Ness to the Ness Islands, where fishermen try their luck with the Atlantic Salmon, or a forest walk in the footsteps of Pictish kings near Craig Phadrig make an excellent prelude to a night of traditional Scottish hospitality in one of the city’s friendly local pubs.
The crowning glory of the Inverness calendar is the iconic Highland Games, while the Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness with its fabled ‘monster’ and the dolphins that frolic in the Moray Firth are other wonderful nearby attractions.
The following information is correct as of January 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Inverness Airport is located 8 miles from the city centre of Inverness. It can be reached by car in approximately 20 minutes. The Jet Bus 11 operates a service from the airport to the city centre in 20 minutes and there are also taxi available for hire outside the terminal building.
What you need to know
Currency: The British Pound (£)
Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the UK, however a passport valid for three months beyond the date of departure is required by all travellers. Nationals of other countries may require a visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.
Laws: The legal age for purchasing or consuming alcohol across the UK is 18. Minors are permitted in pubs but only with a parent or guardian over 18. There is a smoking ban in place prohibiting smoking in all indoor public places including bars, restaurants, hotels, cafes and on all pubic transport.
Best Time to Visit
Scotland is noted for its unpredictable weather when even summers can be awash with rain. However, if its dry weather and long sunny days you’re after, then from June to August are the best months to try. As these are official holiday season, flights are likely to be dearer at these times. Spring and late autumn begin to see an increase in rain while winters are often windy and cold but much quieter times of year to explore the city.
There are plenty of other reasons to visit Inverness for example the Sled Dog Rally, the Snowman Rally and the Inverness Fiddlers Rally in January and February – livening up the winter months. March’s half marathon is a draw for fitness fanatics while April’s Easter Treasure Hunt is a must for the younger visitor. May sees beer brewing at Bogbain Farm, a Comedy Festival and a Classic Car show while June to September come alive with the Inverness Summer Festival, filled with music and events. The Highland Games are a very popular attraction in July while book and arts festivals take over the month of August. As winter approaches, there are highland tattoos, bagpipe fairs, porridge making championships, highland flings and a beautifully festive winter wonderland.
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