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Unofficial capital of the Highlands, Inverness is in a prime location for spectacular scenery. It sits right on the banks of the River Ness, at the northern end of the Great Glen. There are lush, green views in almost every direction except when you look toward the city centre, which is crowned by a crenelated castle.The best places to stay in Inverness are ideally located to make the most of both town and countyside.
Although the area which is now Inverness has been inhabited since the 6th Century, it's had a pretty bloody and tumultuous past, which not many early buildings have survived. A lot of the 'old town' now actually dates from the 19th Century - post construction of the Caledonian Canal. Inverness's oldest buildings are along Church Street, near the Inverness Museum, where you can hear some of this city's dramatic stories.
As the largest city in the Highlands, Inverness has plenty of cafes, restaurants and shopping. But the pleasures of this place are more about the location. There's impressive fishing off the Ness Islands, magnificent views off Craig Phadrig, there are wonderful walking routes in almost every direction, there's cruising on the river and the loch, and golf.
In summer you'll be joined by Nessie hunters, but picturesque Loch Ness is a big place, with plenty of quiet bank to stroll along. And some of the Nessie hunters are fun folk to be around.
Interestingly, Inverness is one of the UK fastest expanding cities… So maybe a lot of visitors are deciding they want to relocate here...
For a modern city centre pad
- If you'd like to be in the centre of town, the Rocpool Reserve is one of the most talked about hotels in Inverness. This townhouse hotel is known for being modern and luxurious, and its restaurant, Chez Roux, is run by an award winning chef, Albert Roux OBE.
For loch side luxury
- If you're looking for peace and quiet, the Loch Ness Lodge is one of the best places to stay in Inverness. With just seven rooms and suites, a sumptuous spa and therapy area and wonderful loch views this is the perfect spot for Highland relaxation.
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Best Hotels in Inverness
Loch Ness Lodge 7 rooms from $214Inverness (Loch Ness-side)
An elegant and intimate hotel in the heart of the Scottish Highlands overlooking the beautiful Loch Ness. Wonderfully warm service. Elegant rooms with antique furniture. Hearty breakfasts designed for a day outdoors. The perfect rural abode.Active Holiday - Active guests can try their hand at deer stalking, archery, quad biking, shooting, 4x4 off-road driving and husky sledding.Country Escape - A spectacular part of rural Scotland with dramatic views over across the water to a string of craggy mountains beyond.Kayaking - Book a two hour kayak trip to explore the lake from the hotel's private stretch of Loch Ness shoreline.Fishing - Anglers can book a fishing trip through the lodge, to catch trout and salmon further along the shores.Recommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
Rocpool Reserve 11 rooms from $227Inverness
Chic, modern townhouse hotel overlooking the river. Slick rooms with all mod-cons and an award-winning restaurant.Private Hot Tub - Two rooms feature private outdoor hot tubsSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens