Inverness Tourism

As Robert Burns Said

                                        “ My Heart is in Highlands, My heart isn’t here,

                                            My heart is in Highlands, chasing a-deer.

                                          A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe

                                           My Heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go”

Such is the beauty of Highlands! And Inverness is the jewel in the crown of this fantastic bounty. Located on the north-east coast, Inverness is where the Ness River meets the Moray Firth. Known for its fantabulous castles, Inverness is called the capital of Highlands. The close proximity to the two epic battle sites; the 11th-century battle of Blàr nam Fèinne against Norway and the 18th-century Battle of Culloden, Inverness has a history that mesmerises. The Gaelic king Mac Bethad Mac Findláich (MacBeth) , the celebrated main character of Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name ‘MacBeth’ held a castle in Inverness.

Inverness is known for its ruined medieval Urquhart Castle overlooking the loch. Inverness is also used as a base to explore the near-by Chanonry Point and the Plodda Falls. The city is also famous for Clava Cairns which is a well-preserved complex of passage graves belonging to the Bronze age, the ring cairns, kerb cairns and standing stones dating back to about 4000 years.

The colourful festivals, the bunch of adventure activities, the unique pubs- Inverness has all reasons to be on the bucket list of a Traveller.

Plan a trip to Inverness, explore its historical, cultural and natural beauty and you will be stunned! 

Essential travel information and Inverness tips for your visit

  • Though Inverness has great nightlife, most pubs close by 1 am only a few closing around 3 am.
  • Inverness has a ban on smoking in public areas.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Inverness

  • Know the pollution level of Inverness before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.5 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Inverness for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Inverness.

    • Burglary and Theft 26.72 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 14.66 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 7.76 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 18.27 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 26.79 (Low)
    • Attacks 24.11 (Low)
    • Drug offense 48.28 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 92.24 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 65.52 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 22.41 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 10.34 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 46.55 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 73.42 (High)
    • Climate Index 80.07 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 21.84 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34.5 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 75.23 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.83 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Inverness

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.69 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 77.99 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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