Inverness Travel Guide

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Inverness Highlights

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    Kaspian says…

     The people! The lochs, rivers and firth, and the Culloden field. 

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    stevezero says…

     Too many tourists, busy, high car park charges 

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     A hidden treasure wrapped in tartan and mist. 

Inverness Things to Do

  • Culloden Battlefield

    This is where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobites were soundly defeated by the king’s forces. The museum has an ‘immersion room’ that really gives a sense of what the fighting was like. You stand in the middle of the room while floor to ceiling 3D screens on all four sides of the room play battle scenes with sound effects. When cannons fire on one...

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  • Loch Ness

    It seems every tourist's favorite activity (and with good reason) is to go to Loch Ness and search for a glimpse of Nessie. Located just south of Inverness, the Loch is easy to explore on a day-trip. Renting a car is likely the best way to get up close and personal, but the public bus to Fort William will also do the trick. There are numerous stops...

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  • Fort George

    Ft. George is still a working fort. It was built to subdue the rowdy Highlanders after the Jacobite Rebellion. You cross an interesting draw bridge over the moat to enter the fort and then can walk around to visit the ramparts, the chapel, the museum and a few other places that are open to the public. The ramparts are great for seeing dolphins in...

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Inverness Restaurants

  • Convenient but Overpriced

    We arrived rather late on a Friday, so a pub dinner was not a good option with Minifrosch in tow. As a result, we tried the restaurant called The Filling Station a short distance from the train station. After we sat down, we discovered it was an "American Restaurant," which seemed to be kind of a cross between a diner and TGI Friday's. We decided...

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  • go try!

    I had drinks and dinner in the Castle Tavern one Saturday night in October 11. It was good. They have a good selection of local (craft) beers, so I tried a couple. Dinner was venison steak - delicious, and cooked rare, just as I asked. I had a dessert too - some kind of summer fruit pudding. Also yummy.The place has a restaurant upstairs as well as...

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  • What can I say... definitely try it!

    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 opened, 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...

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Inverness Nightlife

  • avoid Johnny Fox

    We could not wait to get out the food was mixed waited an hour for food to turn up/I had great lamb ++ very good,my guy had fish he could not get his fork in to the chips there were a few lettuce leaves which looked wrong with fish. there was some bad piped music which had a buzz in background and a door which bashed shut when people walked through...

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  • Good and popular Irish Bar

    A friendly Irish pub with a good atmosphere. As one of the largest pubs, it has everything you would expect of such a location: A good menu, an even better choice of beers and occassional live music. Johnny Fox is popular with locals and tourists as well. The pub is not the cheapest in town, but not the most expensive either. A good choice, if you...

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  • A down to earth bar to meet locals

    A good pub to meet ordinary local beer lovers from Inverness who want to watch a sports game. Got befriended with some oil platform workers and their friends while a ManU - Bursaspor match was shown on the screen. It was a day when I was in search for a pub showing Inter vs. Werder Bremen. I am happy, I didn't found any - first because of the...

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Inverness Transportation

  • Inverness Bus Station

    Inverness bus station is located 1 block from the train station. It is served by Scottish Citylink and National Express for long-haul coaches, and by Stagecoach for local buses, including the shuttle bus to Inverness Airport. The station has an indoor waiting area and ticket counter. Tickets can be purchased either at the counter or from the bus...

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  • Inverness Airport

    Inverness has a small airport (IATA Code: INV) primarily served by budget airlines such as EasyJet and FlyBE, but is also serviced by larger airlines such as KLM. The airport has regular flights throughout the UK, the Shetland Islands, and the Western Islands, as well as flights to Amsterdam and seasonal flights to Jersey, Geneva, and Zurich. The...

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  • Inverness Train Station

    Inverness serves as the main rail hub of the Scottish Highlands, with service to and from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Kyle of Lochalsh, and the north coast. Much of the time, trains depart very close together, making the station a madhouse of activity one minute and sleepy the next. Services are modest, but include rest rooms with baby changing...

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Inverness Shopping

  • One Stop Shop

    This superstore is an excellent find, especially if you're on a budget and/or self-catering. It was especially convenient for us, as it was just a short walk from the youth hostel where we were staying. The store is huge, providing a surprising variety of items for sale. Morrison's is primarily a grocery store, but it also offers prepared food,...

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  • The Quality Gentlemen's Outfitter in...

    My husband was looking for some new shirts and suits, "fitting" for his new job... and let's face it: not all of us can afford Hugo Boss or Armani, but sometimes it just has to be a few notches better than that regular Marks 'n' Spencer's suit... thank heavens for P.J. MacKenzie's!Pat J Mackenzie's has been around for over 75 years. Opened in 1928...

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  • Kilt

    The shop is near the river at a bridge. Lots of different tartans over there and professional help in finding the right stuff for you. A Kilt. Kilts are expencive! verry expencive... but if you want one, you pay for one...

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Inverness Local Customs

  • Haggis

    If you are a non-vegetarian and are on a visit to Scotland, you may want to try haggis. That's the Scottish National Dish, containing mainly sheep's entrails which is not an appetizing idea. Sometimes, you need to be brave to order Haggis at a restaurant, therefore I suggest to try out first if you like the taste at all. There are several take away...

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  • Local Customs? What would you like to...

    I have written plenty of tips about kilts, music, food, dialect, Nessie, history, flora & fauna and anything you ever wanted to know about Scottish culture.--> Have a look at the Local Customs on my SCOTLAND PAGE: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/9cfaf/f8/a/I even have the answer to the most asked question of them all: what does a Scotsman...

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  • Pipers in the streets of Inverness

    I really don't know if it is a local custom or not to find pipers in the streets, but it's very nice.

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Inverness Warnings and Dangers

  • Danger from Above - Seagulls

    John walks out of the small take-away holding a steaming portion of fish 'n' chips. I see him walking towards me whilst I wait at the top of the street. He opens the lid of the Styrofoam box, smiles in anticipation and just as he's about the pop the first chunky chip into his mouth, a white flash suddenly 'swooshes' past his left ear - then above...

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  • haunted room

    My company use to stay at the Marriott but my company stopped when the hotel was sold.I am not sure of the name now, but all the locals warned me. That it is very haunted. Room 1 all the drawers shake all night long and it is extremly cold in the room. So please ask if you go to a hotel if it use to be a Marriott. If so, don't get room 1.

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  • Buses!

    Not so much a danger as much as an annoyance, but be warned that public transport can finish rather early in the area. Make sure you check the bus times or whatever before you leave, as the only other option after buses are taxis, which can cost a fair bit!

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Inverness Tourist Traps

  • Culloden Moor

    In April of 1746 Culloden Moor was the scene of the last pitched battle fought on British soil, today the moor looks in even worse condition than it reportedly did then, when it was described as a barren and boggy field. Today there is a Visitor’s Centre (with the usual coffee shop and film show) where guided tours are both available and advisable,...

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  • Drumnadrochit

    This town is why Loch Ness is thought of as a tourist trap, together with the Jacobite buses which shuttle all the visitors down there. Don't write off Loch Ness!!! She is a great dark silvery monster of a place, and you'd be missing out if you never saw her. Go to the south side... Dores Foyers, Fort Augustus - its waaay better We took a trip...

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  • Loch Ness Monster

    Okay, I know that many people view Loch Ness as a tourist trap, but it's fun to go. I did, and I had fun. HOWEVER, there are two main Loch Ness monster exhibits. One is in this HUGE souvenir shop, and basically you pay $$ to see a crappy display (it looked like a 4th grade science project, seriousl) and a movie about the Loch Ness Monster....

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Inverness What to Pack

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    by CandS Updated Jul 1, 2004

    Luggage and bags: We were lucky enough to have a hire car so we didn't need to worry too much about bags at that point... But I would still recommend a day pack to take on your daily trips and a good backpack for easy carrying.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes are a must - and so is good wet weather gear...

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film for those piles of photos you will take... :) I wish I had a lot more film but we had to limit ourselves with 10 weeks in Europe.

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Inverness Off The Beaten Path

  • Explore a quiet shore of Loch Ness lake

    Me and my friend were walking through the road from Drumnadrochit back to Inverness and went down to explore the shore of the lake. Unexpected, utterly gorgeous landscapes, not very usual. I recommend going off the beaten track here.

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  • Ullapool

    We visited Ullapool as a daytrip from Inverness. In July 2010 we explored the Highlands on a rented car, based our stay on some "major" locations' B&B, and used them to explore around, sometimes even a bit further, since during summer months days are long, sun rises early in the morning and sets late in the evening.Ullapool, as mentioned before,...

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  • A great spot for dolphin watching...

    Head across the bridge to the Black Isle, specifically to the village of North Kessock, where you'll be able to see the Moray Firth dolphins up close.North Kessock lies on the south coast of the Black Isle, at the narrows where the Beauly Firth becomes the Moray Firth. This relatively narrow waterway is a great place to watch the dolphins as they...

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Inverness Sports & Outdoors

  • ice hockey

    We've been to the Inverness ice rink a few times in the last 3-4 years. The junior hockey club has been going through a bad spell (as many smaller clubs do, from time to time) due to lack of numbers. On my son's last visit for a league fixture his team won 29-2. No fun for the home team, or the watching parents on either side. The rink is primarily...

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  • Boating on Loch Ness

    Although we can't tell you how or where, you can find boats on the Loch Ness at just about any time. It looked like fun, and we possibly would have tried it if we had had more time in Inverness

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Inverness Favorites

  • Inverness Is For The Birds

    While relaxing along the River Ness, we came across some interesting birds who didn't seem to mind hanging around in close proximity to us. One bird, a black headed gull, landed right in front of our bench. I've heard these birds tend to be rather aggressive, but this one seemed in a good mood and happy to pose for us. A stork also dropped by to...

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  • General Info about Inverness (*Inbhir...

    Inverness (Scottish Gaelic: *Inbhir Nis*) is a city on the North-Eastern cost of Scotland, and calls itself the "capital of the Highlands"."Inver" means "Mouth" and "Ness" refers to the River Ness, which flows into the Loch Ness. It flows from nearby Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal and connects Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy (to the west)....

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  • The Weather in Inverness

    It's always very important to check the weather before the trip.

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