Located on Scotland's northeast coast where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth, you will discover the largest city and cultural center of the Scottish Highlands. A compact, cosmopolitan city is easy to navigate and fun to explore.
Here the oceanic climate is changeable but not extreme. July is the hottest month at 14C (57F), and January is the coldest month at 4C (39F). There are six hours of sunlight in June and up to 2 inches of rain in January, the wettest month.
Inverness, meaning "mouth of the River Ness," was founded as an ancient settlement during the Middle Ages as a fishing village and home to several monasteries. The medieval period was a tumultuous time and the town had been pillaged and set on fire on several occasions. During the 16th through 19th centuries the town was reborn as new buildings, churches, and a railway system that brought both tourists and goods to the town. In 2000 Inverness was made a city and boasts an economy centered on distilling, shipbuilding, tweed and engineering. Most recently tourism has provided a huge boost to the region.
While you are visiting Inverness there are numerous attractions you will want to consider. Old Town features the 18th century Old High Church, 19th century Inverness Cathedral, and the Indoor Victorian Market featuring food and crafts. Additional points of interest are the 14th century Macbeth- linked Cawdor Castle, the 16th century Lochside fortress Urquhart Castle, Falls of Foyers, Chanonry Point, and the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, tracing Highland History. If you are feeling a bit brave, you can venture out to search for the world famous Loch Ness Monster.
Many visitors arrive into Inverness via a cruiseship but venture out into the countryside to explore. The closest large city is just a short drive away - Invergordon.
If you are looking for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or simply an opportunity to explore, Inverness is the place for you. From modern hotels to quaint B and B's, bustling shops to the tranquility of the Highlands, world-class cuisine to a quiet tea, it is all here in one place; old world charm with a modern twist.