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About Inverness

The 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 wonderful country views in almost every direction except when you look toward the city centre, which is crowned by a crenellated castle. The best places to stay in Inverness are boutique stays in the heart of the city, perfect crashpads to explore from. Alternatively we recommend you pick a hotel just outside the city for the best of both worlds.

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 learn 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 courses galore. With all these options, it's not surprising that the best places to stay in Inverness are in high demand.

The best places to stay in Inverness

For a 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 highly recommended.

  • Glenmoriston House Hotel is centrally located overlooking the River Ness. It boasts a range of smart rooms and apartments, plus lively whisky and piano bar and an excellent brasserie championing the best local produce.

For loch-side luxury

  • If you're looking for peace and quiet, the Loch Ness Lodge is the place to book. With just seven rooms and suites, a sumptuous spa and therapy area and wonderful loch views this is the perfect spot for Highland relaxation.

For an apartment or holiday cottage

  • If you think that you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partners Booking.com for a wide range of apartments and holiday homes both in the city and the surrounding countryside

Travel Information

  • Fly to Inverness Airport situated a mere 15km (9.4 miles) from the city centre, providing connections to the rest of the UK and Europe
  • By rail, Inverness is well connected to the rest of Scotland, and visitors can even get the overnight Caledonian Sleeper or the daily Highland Chieftain train the length of the country to London
  • Inverness is an ideal base for exploring the rest of the Highlands. For visitors looking to rent a car, we recommend our online partner Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit - whilst the summer months of June-September provide the warmest weather for exploring the dramatic Highland scenery, the Winter from December-February can offer visitors a different experience including snowsports near to Inverness.

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Best Hotels in Inverness

  • Glenmoriston Town House Hotel Inverness 32 rooms from £120

    Local exploring  -  Ideal launchpad for exploring Inverness.
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from Inverness Castle. Only 5 miles to Culloden.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.

    A luxury boutique hotel overlooking the River Ness, located within walking distance from Inverness city centre. Offering comfortable rooms, an award-winning restaurant and Whisky and Piano bar, it’s a great spot for city-breakers, families, and business travellers. See More

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  • Loch Ness Lodge Inverness (Loch Ness-side) 7 rooms from £175

    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.
    SpaRestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide

    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. See More

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  • Rocpool Reserve Inverness 11 rooms from £185

    Private Hot Tub  -  Two rooms feature private outdoor hot tubs
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    Chic, modern townhouse hotel overlooking the river. Slick rooms with all mod-cons and an award-winning restaurant. See More

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