Inverness - Inverness visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Inverness' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
Inverness is the main city of the Highlands of Scotland and one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Established during the 6th century, its location at confluence of River Ness with the Moray Forth and the beginning of the Great Glen naturally lead to Inverness became one of the prime cities in Scotland. Inverness was granted city status in 2001. Naturally the city has numerous hotels, B&B's and other types of holiday accommodation.
For visitors, Inverness acts as the 'Gateway to the Highlands', and has many transport links with outlying regions. However, visitors should not simply pass through for there is much in and around the city to explore. Among the local attractions are Inverness Castle, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Old High Churchand St Andrew's Cathedral.
For those interested in shopping, Inverness boast the largest shopping centre in the Scottish Highalnds - Eastgate on Falcon Square, with over 60 different stores inside and flagship M&S and Debenhams stores. Many other streets around, like Church Street, area also full of small boutique shops. Select the pins on this map of Inverness to begin exploring some of the sights and attractions. Each is linked to a 360° panorama with some local and travel information.
The River Ness flows through Inverness, and there are various walking paths and bridges that cross it from Loch Ness. The Caledonian Canal canal links a series of lochs all the way across Scotland to Fort William, including Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy. Several companies offer boat trips and tours around the Moray Forth and up to Loch Ness.
For those not wanting to explore the water, there are two scenic train routes through the Scottish Highlands that depart from Inverness. These are the line to Kyle of Lochalsh near Skye, and the line north to Thurso and Wick. The train ride south to Perth is also pretty dramatic.
The strategic location of the city resulted in Inverness being the scene of many conflicts over the centuries, and nearby is Culloden Moor, location of the Battle of Culloden in 1746 which ended the Jacobite uprising and led to Prince Charles fleeing to Skye and then to France.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Plane: Inverness Airport, served by FlyBE (a codeshare partner of British Airways), Easyjet, Eastern Airways, Aer Aran, Ryanair and Highland Airways.
Drive: A9 from the south via and Perth. This continues north to Thurso. A96 from Aberdeen and A82 across Scotland to Fort William.
Train: Inverness Train Station is next to Falcon Square. Direct trains to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London. Scenic trains run to Kyle of Lochalsh and to Turso and Wick.