Alban House

Bruce Gardens, Inverness, IV3 5EN, United Kingdom
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Flight information: Best way from NY to Inverness

by sandytravel

HI All, Need some help with the best connection from NY or Newark to Inverness.
I noticed a lot of the flights go from NY to London Heathrow and connect to
Gatwick to Inverness. Is there a better way? $$ is also a concern. Also,
is there a train pass for inverness for students? We are a group of 30 or so.
Thanks, Sandy

RE: Flight information: Best way from NY to Inverness

by deptlads

Avoid Heathrow at all costs.

transfer LHR-LGW is a potential nightmare.

Try this:

Continental fly direct from Newark to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The train journey from Edinburgh to Inverness is through stunning Highland scenery.

ScotRail´s website isn´t helpful on such large groups, but if you contact them I´m sure they´d be pleased to help.


RE: RE: Flight information: Best way from NY to Inverness

by leics

If you have to fly to Heathrow (and you quite probably will) then make sure you allow plenty of time to transfer for an onward flight from Gatwick (far more than you might expect, to allow for transport congestion/late arrivals etc). Details on this link:

They suggest a minimum of 3 hours, but I'd go for a minimum of 6 personally, to be on the safe side.

The train journey is superb, but lengthy. for times and fares. You may find you will have to stay overnight in London if you choose not to fly (unless you decide to book on the overnight sleeper train, which won't be cheap).

You can get a group discount on the train fare. Look at

RE: RE: Flight information: Best way from NY to Inverness

by clivedinburgh

I'd disagree that the sleepers can be expensive. There are bargain berths to be had starting at £19.

You can also use Traveline to plan journeys to/from Scotland.

RE: RE: Flight information: Best way from NY to Inverness

by clivedinburgh

You can get up to 30% discount on Scotrail fares too.

RE: Flight information: Best way from NY to Inverness

by Beausoleil

We had no trouble flying into Edinburgh Airport from LAX. It's a lovely little airport, very friendly and easy to get to Inverness from there.

Avoid Heathrow at all costs. It's a nasty airport. It was actually cheaper for us to fly into Edinburgh, not to mention, more convenient.

RE: Flight information: Best way from NY to Inverness

by Dougy

I aggree avoid the London airports when at all possible. Also if you fly from Newark to London you will actually pass over Scotland get to London an dthen have to come back again.
If it was me I would fly Newark to Edinburgh, stay a day and then take the train North to Inverness. I would try to get on one of the through trains from London to Inverness that stop at Edinburgh they are run by GNER and are quieter and nicer inside. I do not think it costs any more to travel with GNER and I think scot rail tickets are valid on GNER trains.


Travel Tips for Inverness

What can I say... definitely try it!

by JessH about THE KITCHEN

What can I cay... if you're a foodie and in Inverness, I guess The Kitchen is *one* restaurant that you just have to give a try. There is such a buzz about this place ever since it openend, and the quirky glass facade & architecture of the building just makes you want to find out more about what's on offer inside.
To the locals this is slightly "posh" dining... to us, compared to Dubai's long list of extortionate & mediocre restaurants, The Kitchen was a dream-come-true for a gourmet on a budget!

As we were staying in a self-catering apartment right behind The Kitchen (see my seperate Hotels & Accomodation tip for details) we found ourselves having an early dinner here one evening with my in-laws, John's sister and his 2 nieces.

Reservations here are pretty much essential, even for lunch (we were turned-away on two occasions before we finally made reservations ourselves!) Opening Hours:
Open 7 Days a week.
Lunch is served from 12:00midday-03:00pm.
Dinner is served from 05:00pm-10:00pm.

They have fanstastic lunch offers (2 courses for £5.95) and also a very reasonable early-evening offer - from 5-7pm you can enjoy 2 courses for only £10.95 per person, incl. a glass of house wine.
Their menu is every-changing with a choice of seafood, game, vegetarian & Scottish beef dishes - utilising the best & freshest ingredients of the season.

We ordered (incl. early evening menu offers):
Prawn cocktail on smoked salmon & salad.
Crispy Chilli Chicken starter.
Sirloin Steak, traditional with chunky chips & vegetables.
Lemon Sole with tender asparagus.
Wild Mushroom & red wine risotto.
Kid's portion of steak & chips.
Kid's portion of Fish 'n' Chips.
Every dish was absolutely delicious, the staff (most Polish) were very friendly & also knowledgable about their menu.
I think the buzz & hipe about this place is quite justified... I'd probably have to visit again & spend a longer evening here again.
Unfortunately, none of us had any space for dessert... oh well, there's always next time! And we will definitely be back to The Kitchen again.

dunrobin castle

by dervish

we spent a day at dunrobin castle, exploring the beautifully kept inside and magnificent gardens. there is a haunted room which is actually sealed off at the door , but my youngest son of 8 was fasinated and kept going back and putting his hand in over the barricade, daring the ghost to touch him!!! out side we sat for a display of the hawks doing their thing, it was a memorable day for us, and the onsite shop has the ability to empty purses full of pocket money!!

Capital of the Highlands

by awladhassan

Inverness is now one of the fastest growing towns in Britain. It lies on the River Ness.
The city boasts a host of historic buildings in the Old Town .while you Enjoy the views from the castle. Stroll along the beautiful riverside with the islands.
Nearby are many interesting places : the battlefield of Culloden,and the Clava Cairns are within easy reach. For a bracing beach or seaside walk, Nairn is a bit further away.
Beauly, with its historic Priory and specialist shops, isn't far away.
To the south-west keep an eye out for our most famous resident – Nessie on nearby Loch Ness.
The Kessock Bridge makes visiting the far north easier.

Access to the north is by crossing Kessock Bridge and driving across the Black Idsle to the Cromarty Firth Bridge from which take the left to Dingwall and points west, or left to Easter Ross and on to Tain, cross the Dornoch Firth Bridge and follow the road north to Thurso and John O' Groats.


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