Inverness is widely regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands. With a rich history, gorgeous scenery, a fun nightlife scene and plenty of accommodation options, this unique city has something for everyone.
Inverness is located on the northeast coast of Scotland, at the point where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. Thanks to its proximity to the Loch Ness, which is just a 25-minute drive away, the city is a popular destination for travellers looking to explore Scotland’s wild landscapes and mythical traditions.
The city of Inverness dates back to the 12th century, when it was likely founded by King David. As such, there are plenty of historical buildings to explore. One of these is Inverness Castle, a red sandstone fortress situated on a cliff overlooking the river. Though it’s located on the site of an 11th-century structure, the building you can see today wasn’t constructed until 1836.
You can also explore Urquhart Castle, one of the most iconic ruins in Scotland, which overlooks Loch Ness 21km southwest of Inverness. There's plenty of parking near this medieval castle, as well as a very informative visitor centre where you can learn all about its history.
Thanks to the University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness has a large student population that reflects in the fun nightlife scene here - mainly pubs, bars and live music venues. The main venue for theatre, cinema and culture is the Eden Court Theatre, located on Bishops Road.
There are also countless tours that take you to the castles, lakes and sites surrounding Inverness. And if you’re interested in seeing the dramatic landscapes of the Isle of Skye, the drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes just over three hours.