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As the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness has plenty going for it. Whether you're looking to go monster-hunting in the nearby Loch Ness or delve into the region's intriguing history, there's plenty to keep you occupied.

For an insight into the city's history, make sure you pay a visit to Inverness Castle – a magnificent red sandstone structure overlooking the peaceful waters of the River Ness. The castle sits on the site of an 11th-century defensive structure and offers sprawling views from the North Tower. Other historic sites include the post-Reformation Inverness Cathedral and the Flora Macdonald statue.

Inverness has cemented itself as a bit of a foodie hotspot, and it's easy to see why. Here Michelin-star restaurants rub shoulders with friendly gastropubs and gourmet cafés to serve up a smorgasbord of culinary delights. For modern Scottish fare right by the river, head to Rocpool, which has won rave reviews from critics and customers alike – earning itself a prestigious Michelin star.

Once you're out of the city centre, Inverness becomes a different world. To get back to nature, take a wander through the botanic gardens, explore the Merkinch Local Nature Reserve or go searching for an icon in the inky waters of Loch Ness. You can even go dolphin-spotting in the waters of the Moray Firth.

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Most popular time to visit October-December
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Local currency £1 = $1.23
Language English
Average weekend price $138 per night
Average weekday price $137 per night
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8.0

Walking along the river is great, some of the restaurants I...

June 27, 2022

Walking along the river is great, some of the restaurants I tried were very accesible for someone with food sensitivities, and the shops were diverse and easy to get to. I found it a good base town, to use as something to come back to after travelling or touring the surrounding areas. On the whole not quite amazing, but cute and comfortable nonetheless.

Marin
Marin Netherlands
10

Inverness is a great, mid-sized city not far from Loch Ness...

June 24, 2022

Inverness is a great, mid-sized city not far from Loch Ness and the Culloden Battlefield and filled with fun shopping, great pubs with live music and very, very walkable. Don't miss Victorian Gardens, an excellent area for souvenirs (both the usual and the very unusual), and while the castle, as I write this, is undergoing work, the statue of Fiona MacDonald out front is still very visible. We did an overnight stop, but I would have liked an extra day.

Nicole
Nicole United States of America
10

We were 8 golfers.

June 23, 2022

We were 8 golfers. The place had everything we needed. Well stocked. If you are a golf party I would highly recommend. The man cave is over the top. Centrally located and spacious. Plenty of parking. Can’t say enough about how we enjoyed Laird House. If you are going to play the courses in the Highlands (Dornoch, Nairn, Castle Stuart,Brora) this is the place to stay. There is a store right behind the house for coffee , beer, etc.. and it’s a short walk into central Inverness. We ate one night at Rocpol. One of the golfers who eats regularly in NYC Manhattan said the quality of the food at Rocpol was of equal quality. If you are staying in Inverness this is the place.

Bally79
Bally79 United States of America
8.0

Inverness offers a lot of interesting things to do and see.

June 20, 2022

Inverness offers a lot of interesting things to do and see. It's better if you have a car. There are very very few cabs, no uber and its almost impossible to get to the airport before 6:30 AM so plan for that

Pratte
Pratte
10

I have a dog and she loved Ness Islands and we did a boat...

June 13, 2022

I have a dog and she loved Ness Islands and we did a boat trip on the Loch which was great and a dolphin watching trip in the Moray Firth which wasn't very good as I didn't see any dolphins. We went to the Culloden battlefields and a fabulous beach at Nairn and the Nairn viaduct. We also went to the Rogie falls and Divach falls We were here 3 days and I think that's the right amount of time.

Pam Shed
Pam Shed United Kingdom
10

Inverness is a nice clean and friendly city.

June 11, 2022

Inverness is a nice clean and friendly city. Lots to see and do for all ages whether it's playing in the lovely parks, playing crazy golf, walking along the canal path, watching the locks operating, plenty of places to eat and drink to suit all price ranges. Lots of nice places to visit round about for a day trip.

ELIZABETH
ELIZABETH United Kingdom

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