Overview & Brief History


Inverness, often referred to as the “Capital of the Highlands,” is a picturesque city nestled along the northeastern coast of Scotland. Known for its stunning natural scenery, rich history, and vibrant culture, Inverness serves as a gateway to the Scottish Highlands, offering visitors a unique blend of urban amenities and outdoor adventures.

A Brief History

Inverness traces its origins back to ancient times, with evidence of human settlement dating back thousands of years. The city’s strategic location at the mouth of the River Ness made it an important center for trade and defense throughout history.

During the medieval period, Inverness grew in prominence as a royal burgh and a key stronghold in the ongoing struggles for power in Scotland. The city played a significant role in various conflicts, including the Wars of Scottish Independence and the Jacobite uprisings.

In the 19th century, Inverness experienced a period of growth and prosperity, fueled by the expansion of industries such as fishing, shipping, and tourism. The arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century further boosted the city’s economy and accessibility, making it a popular destination for travelers seeking to explore the rugged beauty of the Highlands.

Today, Inverness is a thriving cultural and economic hub, known for its historic landmarks, vibrant arts scene, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Visitors to the city can explore attractions such as Inverness Castle, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, or venture into the surrounding countryside to hike, fish, and explore the Highlands’ majestic landscapes.

Things to See & Do


Inverness Castle

Explore this iconic landmark situated on a hill overlooking the city. While the castle itself is not open to the public, the grounds offer panoramic views of Inverness and the surrounding area.


St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Visit St. Andrew’s Cathedral, a striking Gothic Revival church located on the banks of the River Ness. Admire its intricate architecture, stained glass windows, and peaceful surroundings.


Culloden Battlefield

Step back in time at this historic battlefield, where the Jacobite forces clashed with the British army in 1746. Explore the visitor centre, interactive exhibits, and walking trails that commemorate this pivotal moment in Scottish history.



Ness Islands

Ness Islands are a group of islands located in the River Ness, which flows through the city. These islands, formed by the river’s natural channels, are connected by footbridges and are popular recreational areas for both locals and visitors.

Local Dining


International Cuisine

Inverness has a vibrant restaurant – cafe scene catering for all tastes, choose from an eclectic selection of top class restaurants, and bistros, serving food from around the world. Try the Thai food at Hootananny Ceilidh Bar, an award winning pub with live music and friendly atmosphere.


Dining with a View

 At the foot of the Victorian built Greig Street suspension bridge, River House offers fantastic views of the river and Inverness Castle.

Insider Tips

Bookworms, get lost in Leakey’s Bookshop, a labyrinthine haven for bibliophiles. Explore towering shelves crammed with new and used books, discover hidden gems, and soak up the literary atmosphere.

Embark on a scenic cruise along the Caledonian Canal, a feat of engineering connecting the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy tranquil views of the waterway, spot local wildlife, and learn about the canal’s history.

Inverness serves as a gateway to the majestic Scottish Highlands. Plan day trips to explore Loch Ness, hike amidst stunning scenery, or visit charming villages nestled amidst the mountains

Virtual Tours

Inverness Castle Tour

Inverness Walking Tour

Culloden Battle Field

Jack’s Favorite Moment

Wandering the Rock of Gibraltar

Near the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula and overlooking one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the Rock of Gibraltar or simply “The Rock” as it’s commonly known, rises out of the sea and is linked with mainland Spain by a narrow isthmus.

Given its proximity to Spain – one could almost toss a stone from the island to the mainland. Gibraltar’s sovereignty remains a bone of contention, and the Spanish government has, on occasion, been known to close the border. However, the island is generally accessible by bus, car, or on foot from the mainland. The port also serves as a busy terminus for cruise ships.


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Interactive Maps

View Inverness Castle

Walk the historic streets of Inverness


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