Book your flight today to explore the glens, mountains and whisky trails of the Highlands and see if you can spot that mysterious, brooding presence that is said to lurk beneath the waters of nearby Loch Ness.
The peak tourist season in Inverness is during July, August and September. September also sees the added visitor boost of the Loch Ness Marathon, which starts at Fort Augustus on the southern side of the loch and ends in the centre of the city. Air fares will be higher during this period, although it’s still possible to find some great deals.
Late spring, during the months of April and May, and early autumn, are great times to catch Inverness in fair weather and without the summer crowds. Hotels and airlines regularly discount during this shoulder season.
Inverness Airport is located just outside the city. It is served by buses which take about 30 minutes to reach the centre. Taxis and car rental companies are also available. An open return fare is a little over £5 on the bus, whereas a taxi will cost £15-20.
For onward journeys by train, you will need to head to Inverness Rail Station, which is located in the city centre.
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Most of the main Inverness tourist sites are easily reached on foot. For travel further afield, car hire is the most convenient option, but buses and trains do serve other nearby attractions and cities.
Sample how the waters of the River Ness are distilled into world-class whisky before you drink in the palpable sense of the past at Culloden Moor, Fort George, Inverness Castle and St Andrew’s Cathedral.
You can’t leave without trying your luck spotting Nessie at Loch Ness, just 23 miles from Inverness. Urquhart Castle, one of the largest in Scotland, perches on the loch’s rocky shore that encompasses a freshwater lake with a surface area of over 35 miles.
Visit Inverness in June and you can enjoy the Inverness Highland Games. Held each year since 1821 you’ll witness traditional track and field athletics events alongside the caber toss, highland dance and piping.
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