The Capital of the Highlands is easy to reach and is a great base from which to explore the North of Scotland.
Guided Coach Trips
An ideal way to see the best of the Highlands. Stay in Inverness for a week and you can take a different guided tour each day! You can visit Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Orkney, Isle of Lewis, Wester Ross, Eilean Donan Castle, the Road to the Isles, Caithness and Sutherland. Check with the Tourist Information Centre for times and prices.
Transport for hire
Cars, vans, motorbikes and bicycles can be rented from various companies in Inverness.
Based at Bellfield Park in Inverness, A Ticket to Ride offers bike hire for alsorts of bikes (road, mountain, hybrid, electric, tandem, kids). Helmet, lock, toolkit and emergency assistance all provided.
Several companies offer day trips on Loch Ness (to see the monster?!) and out into the Moray Firth to see the dolphins. Check out Loch Ness by Jacobite for cruises and coach tours of Loch Ness.
Traveline Scotland is a useful online timetable database where you can play a journey by bus, ferry or plane.
The bus / coach network operated by Scottish Citylink covers almost all the major routes within Scotland. Inverness has regular coach connections with Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fort William, Oban, Ullapool, Aberdeen, Wick, Isle of Skye, etc.
Megabus is a budget bus service operating between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness.
Stagecoach Buses operate on local routes (e.g. Inverness city centre, Strathpeffer, Beauly, Cromarty, Dingwall, etc.). These timeables can be obtained from Inverness bus station or consult travelinescotland.com
Inverness is also well served by trains on the railway lines to/from Edinburgh/Perth, Aberdeen, Wick and Kyle of Lochalsh. The official UK railways web site provides online timetables. Many ticket discounts are available on rail travel within Scotland - visit the Scotrail web site for more information or visit thetrainline.com. The Highland Caledonian Sleeper operates the sleeper train service from London to Inverness.
Dalcross International Airport is 8 miles east of Inverness. There is a frequent shuttle bus service between the airport and city centre. Taxis are available, also car hire at the airport. Regular flights operate to/from London, as well as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Orkney and the Hebrides.
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