With some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain, a wealth of culture and old-fashioned hospitality, Inverness is one of the UK’s top holiday destinations. Known affectionately as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, Inverness is situated on the beautiful River Ness. Renowned for its unspoilt beauty and rich heritage, this city is the hidden gem in Scotland’s crown.
A city break with a twist, holidays to Inverness are full of the usual delights that hustling and bustling areas bring. From strolls along the quaint riverside, to shopping in the city centre and sampling delicious Scottish cuisine, you’ll fall in love with the diversity of this spectacular setting.
Set against the brooding backdrop of Inverness castle, you’ll discover the Old Town. Weave your way through the winding streets, taking in striking Victorian Gothic architecture and the splendour of the Tolbooth Steeple. Pay a visit to the myriad of churches scattered around the area before heading to the beautiful Victorian Market, Inverness’ proud centrepiece and a hub for a variety of unique local shops. Keep your eyes peeled for the ornate Corinthian arches and animal carvings on the keystones, offering a glimpse into the city’s vibrant past.
If you prefer to be at the centre of the action on your holidays in Inverness, book yourself in somewhere in the centre of town. From 5-star luxury hotels to delightfully quaint guesthouses and B&Bs, you’ll find the ideal spot to rest your weary head after a long day sightseeing.
Whether you have romanticised notions of a getaway in the heart of the countryside or you’re looking to strike the balance between city breaks and outdoor retreats for the children, Inverness is ideal.
Explore the surrounding Scottish highlands on foot or by bike on your Inverness holidays, taking in historical landmarks on the way. Step into a fairy-tale world with a visit to Cawdor Castle – steeped in history, this idyllic setting shares links with one of Shakespeare’s most famous play, Macbeth. Explore the dazzling walled gardens or get lost in the labyrinth of the hedge maze.
The nearby Moray Firth is renowned for being the most habitable area for dolphins in the UK, with the majestic animals often seen splashing around in the waters. For a fascinating day out, take a trip on a dolphin cruise. Enabling you to catch a fleeting glimpse of Culloden Moor, Fort George and the breath-taking Great Glen, this is a memorable experience – that isn’t to say you should forget your camera!
When the sun sets on this busy city, there is plenty to do. From the traditional charm of an old-fashioned pub to the buzz of nightclubs, you’ll find something to tickle your fancy. Linger over hearty real ales, engage in some of the city’s best live music and delve into Inverness’ rock and folk music culture in some of the oldest taverns and inns in Scotland.
Of course, holidays to Inverness are not complete without a visit to the world famous Loch Ness. Dip into the visitor centre to learn more about Scotland’s most notable landmark, taking a walk around the mysterious waters and discovering more about the legend of the Loch Ness monster.