Known as the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is a city that can take your breath away with its understated beauty. With great views of the Moray Firth, where the River Ness meanders through Inverness, you’re sure to enjoy a great backdrop wherever you are. With just over 50,000 people living here, it’s also surprisingly easy to get around by car. From Inverness, you can explore the whole of the Highlands, not to mention the nearby Grampians. In Inverness itself, there are a few nice places to eat out and go shopping, while cultural venues are surprisingly plentiful. Be prepared to bring an extra layer of clothing if you do visit, though, as winters can be a little on the chilly side.
A saloon or family car will be sufficient to drive around the Highlands. They’re more powerful, which makes them ideal for driving uphill and are able to cope with poor road surfaces.
Driving in Inverness
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Important things to note
None of the roads in and around Inverness are entirely dual-carriageway. As a result, getting in and out of Inverness during rush hour can take a while.
Some of the roads in the surrounding area can be hard to get used to, especially if you’ve never driven in mountainous areas. Taking care is advisable.
The Inverness Visitor Information Centre is on Castle Wynd near the Museum & Art Gallery. It’s open on weekdays and Saturdays.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Eden Court Theatre on Bishop’s Road is arguably the best cultural venue in the region. Productions by local and national theatre companies take place here, as well as the odd concert or stand-up comedy gig. Shows take place all year round.
Inverness Castle is the city’s most impressive landmark. On the edge of the city centre, it was only built in 1847 as a replacement for the old castle, which was destroyed by the Jacobites. It’s currently home to the Sheriff Court.
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery on Castle Wynd is home to many artefacts loaned to them from the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. It also has Pictish stones and wildlife exhibits on show as well as a few historic weapons.
The Ness Islands, just outside the city, are accessible by foot. They’re a great place to go for a stroll, while the Ness Islands miniature railway can get you around. They’re a fun place to take the kids or to get away from the busy centre.
Inverness Airport is 8.1 miles northeast of the city of Inverness and is also close to the town of Nairn. The airport has one main terminal building and has flights to London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester and Amsterdam.
To get to the airport, it‚Äôs located just off the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen. To get to Inverness, you need to head westwards on the road, while there are few other direct routes to the city.