So much more than a gateway to the Scottish Highlands, this mesmerizing city is full of fascinating history, captivating legends, and breathtaking natural beauty.
Whether you’re exploring Scotland for the first time or simply can’t seem to stay away from its sloping glens and wide-open spaces, the small river city of Inverness will undoubtedly enchant you. Immerse yourself within Scottish culture on our Inverness tours and holidays and listen to your guide as they regale you with tales of mythical monsters and stories of centuries-old battles featuring tartan-clad soldiers. From romantic landscapes full of fog-covered lochs and perfectly preserved castles fit for ancient royalty to charming restaurants serving up fresh produce, there are many incredible things to do in Inverness. Simply take a wee wander around and see for yourself.
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There are many different ways you can get to Inverness with the best option depending on where in the UK you're travelling from. Trains are a fast and reliable way to travel to Inverness, especially if you're coming from nearby cities in Scotland. You can also fly into Inverness Airport if you're coming from a destination that's further away like London or Dublin. You also have the option of driving to Inverness and making the most of the beautiful Scottish scenery.
There are a few ways to travel from Glasgow to Inverness but the best way is by catching the train. The total train journey comes to just over 3 hours and is one of the cheapest options. Alternatively, you can drive the 272km from Glasgow to Inverness with the option being quicker than catching the train. If you're after the cheapest option then you catch the bus from Glasgow to Inverness with tickets starting from £26.
Yes, Inverness is located in the Scottish Highlands and is often said to be the gateway to the Highlands and its capital.
Inverness enjoys a moderate sea climate with more rainy days than sunny days throughout the year. The wettest months of the year are October, November, and December, however, the average rainfall is only around 900mm. This riverside city is actually known to be one of the coldest with February dropping to minimum temperatures below freezing but summers are usually nice and warm, coming to a top of around 20°C.
The best time to visit Inverness is usually between the months of April and August as the days are often sunny and the temperatures are high. While these months are considered the peak season (especially the summer months), it's still worth visiting Inverness during this time as you're less likely to be hindered by excessive rainfall. If you want to avoid the crowds, opt for travelling in September or October.
What you should pack for a trip to Inverness largely depends on what kind of activities you want to do on your holiday. Regardless of when you're travelling, you should always bring appropriate wet weather clothing such as waterproof jackets, long pants, coats, and gumboots, or other sturdy footwear as Inverness is known to be rainy all year round. You should also pack an umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, a day bag (so you can pack any essentials you might need when you're out exploring), and a reusable drink bottle.
Inverness specialises in offering premium Scottish whisky so it's no surprise there's a whole heap of distilleries for you to choose from. The below distilleries and bars are some of our favourites if you're after a drop of the famous golden brown liquid.
- Tomatin Distillery
- The Malt Room Whisky Bar
- WoodWinters Wines and Whiskies
- Glen Ord
- Dalmore Distillery
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