DISTANCE FROM CENTRE
Inverness is a broad and beautiful city that is robust in both culture and natural wonder, through its great location straddling the River Ness at the northern end of the Great Glen.
While many people only travel to Inverness to go hunt for the infamous and legendary Loch Ness monster, there is so much more to this beautiful place that we cannot recommend it enough to people.
Step into the beautiful Caledonian Cathedral, or stroll along Craig Phadrig for a marvelous look at the Northern wilds of Scotland. Truly escape the city and discover the best of Scotland in this beautiful city, whether it be for a weekend or a week, there will never be a limit to the things you can do here. And while cheesy, yes, maybe you will be one of the lucky ones to spot Nessie!
Old Town District
If you want to be in the heart of the action, we highly recommend staying in the Old Town District, which is the main area of shops, restaurants, bars, and more. With easy walking distance between the two big cathedrals in the town center, this is the best place to experience it all in Inverness. We highly recommend one of the hotels in this area to pamper you on your holiday, or a boutique hotel, which is rapidly becoming the most popular form of accommodation in this beautiful city.
If you want to get out of the city, we recommend getting lodging somewhere on or near the Beauly Forth for amazing, panoramic views of the famously green Northern Scotland scenery. With easy access to hiking, more options for camping, glamping, and more, we cannot recommend staying here enough. Try one of the restored hunting lodges, cabins, or boutique bed and breakfasts in this area for the ultimate Scottish getaway.
Inverness is full of rich history that deserves to be explored by visitors to its full extent. We highly recommend starting with the Culloden Battlefield, where the last battle between England and Scotland occurred and the fate of Scotland was sealed here in their defeat in 1746. Explore the visitor’s center for an interactive and highly detailed explanation of the historic significance of this field. Cawdor castle, just several miles away, is also a famous historical stop. Noted mainly for being the site by which Macbeth murders Duncan as told by Shakespeare (although in real life Macbeth kills Duncan at the Battle of Elgin). Nearby check out Fort George, which houses a military museum within its impressive walls.
Obviously, visitors should take a walk along Loch Ness, including a stop at Urquhart Castle which is just on the shore of this beautiful loch. Then, visitors should take a walk into town to explore the Caledonian Canal, which is an artistic canal that is always pleasantly occupied by locals enjoying the fresh air of the area. From there, check out Inverness Cathedral for an impressive and beautiful taste in the architecture that has shaped the town from the 19th century onwards.
Northern Scotland is not necessarily known for good weather, but with proper planning, it is possible to have a very pleasant visit to Inverness. We recommend going in the summer, in either July or August as these are normally the warmest months of the year. April and May are ideal for being usually pretty dry months, but don’t be surprised by a random squall or two.
From October onwards the weather can be pretty unpredictable, but the well-prepared traveler, with a windproof jacket and an umbrella, should be okay.