Top 5 hotels in Inverness City Centre
Updated: May 22, 2022
Visiting north-east Scotland and wondering where to stay? You are in the right place. In this guide, I share the reasons why Inverness should be your base to explore the northeast of Scotland along with my carefully selected top 5 hotels in Inverness city centre that will make an ideal base for you.
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Our Best Selling Day Trips and Multi Day Trips to undertake when visiting Scotland:
1 | See the best of Scotland in a day — Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highland
2 | 2-Day Highlands Tour with Hogwarts Express
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2 | The Jacobite Steam Train Journey in the Highland – Why you should ride it!
3 | Ride the ‘Hogwarts Express’
4 | Complete Guide to Inverness – Capital of the Highland
Why Select a Hotel in the Heart of Inverness City Centre
Where to stay in Inverness
The small city of Inverness in the northeast coast of Scotland, is a perfect base for exploring Loch Ness and the unspoilt Scottish wilderness. Loch Ness is the most famous loch in the world for the legendary resident, the Loch Ness monster, Nessie. In addition, Inverness is at a central point and a gateway to the northeast coast offering opportunities to explore the breathtaking landscapes, the ancient sites, the multitude of castle ruins, the wider region of the Highlands and the Scottish wilderness. Moreover, the location of Inverness itself makes it a special place to be. As such, the city offers a number of accommodations to suit all budgets and lifestyle.
Here are some reasons to select the city centre as your point of stay when exploring the Scottish Highlands.
1 | A compact city
Inverness is compact and is easy to walk around the city. The main attractions in the city are all within easy reach and public transportation is not really needed.
2 | Choices in Entertainment and Eateries
The city is lively and offer great choices in entertainment in the evenings. As well, there are a good selection of restaurants and eateries for you to try classic Scottish recipes. Visit one or more of the many Scottish pubs dotted around the city for the hospitality, ambience and a classic Scotch on the rocks, for a memorable experience.
As for places to eat, try the Castle Tavern which is popular amongst visitors to Inverness. Known for good service, it is said to serve the best haggis in town!
Address: 1 View Place, Inverness IV2 4SA Scotland
3 | Myriad of Things to do during the Day
There are so many things to do in and around Inverness during the day that you will not be bored!
For places to visit in Inverness city centre, I would highly recommend a visit to Inverness Castle. The red sandstone fortification sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness. Although the Castle is used as a Court house and there is no public access into the castle, visitors can purchase a ticket to access the viewpoint at the Castle Tower. The Castle Tower offer 360° degree views over the city of Inverness and the Scottish Highlands.
For more recommended activities to do on your visit to Inverness City, the Complete Guide to the Capital of the Highlands offers 11 suggestions for you to experience in the city itself and further activities that you could do around Inverness. Day trips and multi-day trips options included also.
Attractions conveniently located within the Top 5 hotels in Inverness City Centre
Just so you know, all of the hotels listed below, Top 5 hotels in Inverness City are conveniently located to the following popular attractions:
- Inverness Castle 0.3 miles
- Caledonian Canal 0.4 miles
- Inverness Floral Hall 0.9 miles
- James Pringle Weavers 1.2 miles
- Culloden Battelfield 4.8 miles
Do a value for money, small group one day guided tour of Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns
4 | Major Transport Hub | Air, Train and Road
Furthermore, accessibility to public transportation such as Inverness train station and the bus/coach station is convenient and located only within minutes of any the following centrally located hotels.
With so many choices, finding the most suitable place to stay can be time consuming. Therefore, in this article, you shall find carefully selected top 5 hotels in Inverness city centre for you to peruse, select and book your stay.
Top 5 Hotels in Inverness City Centre
As you may know, my go-to place for booking accommodations is Booking dot com. Booking offers vast choices in accommodation style such as hotels, hostels and aparthotels to suit varying budgets. In addition Booking offers a choice of cancellation policies and depending on the properties you select, you could either pay in full upfront or pay later.
Here are the selected top 5 hotels in Inverness which I know is a great place to stay.
1 | Ness Walk
Hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre
Ness Walk is located in a beautiful setting along River Ness and is rated as superb with friendly staff and world-class service by customers. Within steps, you would be walking along River Ness and enjoy a stroll to Ness Island, watch the sunset over the city of Inverness or the adventure in you may lead you along the Caledonian Canal which is a stone’s throw away. Whatever you choose to do during your stay at Ness Walk, you are assured of a celebrity treatment.
The accommodation comes with free WiFi, continental breakfast daily and attractions within minutes of the property.
Peruse and book your stay at Ness Walk, Inverness
2 | Rocpool Reserve Hotel & Restaurant
Rocpool is a luxurious boutique hotel, bar and restaurant located in the heart of Inverness and offers nothing short of a world-class service.
This 5-star hotel, Rocpool Reserve boast numerous awards, including Conde Nest Johansens Most Excellent UK City Hotel 2008 and 2010.
Peruse and book your stay at Rocpool Reserve Hotel & Restaurant
Though not 5-star rated, the following three hotels provide good comfort, style and friendly service.
3 | Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
Top 5 hotels in Inverness City Centre to Stay
Located along the banks of River Ness, Inverness Palace Hotel offer direct views of Inverness Castle which looks glorious at sundown. The hotel offers swimming pool, leisure club, spa and free WiFi. Riverside restaurants and bars are within steps of the hotel. Train and coach stations are about 10 minutes walk – you need to take the bridge across River Ness.
Address: 8 Ness Walk, Inverness
Peruse and book your stay at Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
4 | The Royal Highland Hotel Inverness
Top 5 hotels to stay in Inverness City Centre
Literally just about 10 steps from the entrance/exit of Inverness train station is the The Royal Highland. One of the oldest in Scotland, The Royal Highland has been around for 160 years.
Boasting a grand staircase that was an inspiration for the very same in the movie “Titanic”, the decor is traditional, rich and warm. Dining here is an experience in itself —Ash is contemporarily styled and serves an à la carte menu. Food is sourced locally — fish comes from nearby lochs and rivers. Ash Restaurant is one of the best drinking and dining venues in Inverness.
Peruse and book your stay at The Royal Highland Inverness
Where to stay in Inverness
5 | Mercure Inverness Hotel
Located at just 200 metres from Inverness train station, Mercure Inverness Hotel is best if you have to join guided tours or if you wish to explore surrounding areas by train. Guided tours usually drop you off at about 8 p.m. by which time you may just want to head straight to your hotel.
Mercure Inverness offers breakfast daily and free WiFi.
Peruse and book your stay at Mercure Inverness Hotel
Besides these top 5, there are many more in and around Inverness which you may want to research upon and select to suit.
Where to stay in Inverness
Travelling to Inverness City
Inverness is well-served by both train and air along with good ground transportation such as bus/coaches. Roads around Inverness are good, and it was nice to drive around. Just remember that in Scotland as is in the rest of United Kingdom, we have a right-hand drive but drive on the left side of the road.
1 | Train travel to Inverness City
Train services to Inverness is mainly served by ScotRail trains. There are frequent services from Aberdeen to Inverness (2 hours 12 minutes), Glasgow to Inverness (3 hours 13 minutes), and from Edinburgh to Inverness (3 hours 33 minutes).
If you are travelling from London to Inverness, the journey with no changes of trains takes about 8 hours.
Read: 8 Most Scenic Train Journey in UK
Georgina: I travelled to Inverness recently from London aboard the Azuma – it was a comfortable train ride. Long 8 hours but the comfort of the First Class carriages and the scenic route made the journey pleasant. If you are not driving to Inverness, Scotland, I would recommend a train journey.
2 | Travel by Air to Inverness
Inverness Airport is located in Dalcross, about 13 kilometres (8.1 miles) northeast of Inverness city. It is an international airport offering a range of flights daily to and from key destinations such as London, Amsterdam and Dublin . The Airport Terminal provides customers with a variety of cafes, restaurants, shops.
For great money savers to Inverness, look-up budget flights as part of a package offered by Easy Jet, Jet2 and On the Beach . There are great protection to be had from booking flight and accommodation together. For a greater selection on air travel, Opodo is pretty good – link below.
3 | By Car
Exploring Inverness and the Scottish Highlands by car is one of the best ways to see and experience the many dramatic vistas of this region. Car tours are specially useful if you have only a few days where you would like to maximise your time and cover lots of areas.
Pro tips to Consider
If you are considering travelling by train or by air to Inverness city and would like to explore more of the Scottish Highlands, then you may find the following suggestions helpful:
1 | Hire a car when you arrive in Inverness if you wish to explore at your leisure;
2 | Book day or multi-day guided tours with reputable sight-seeing providers so your booking is secure, refund is possible if you change your mind and tour guides are local as well as knowledgeable to maximise your experience.
Pro tip 1 | Combine a stay in Inverness and Explore the Scottish Highlands by Car
As a gateway to the Scottish Highlands, Inverness allows you to explore more than just the city and its immediate surrounds. It would of course depend very much on your time and what you plan to achieve when visiting Inverness. Taking a road trip to the Scottish Highlands allows you to explore at your leisure. You will experience more of the beautiful scenery and many Scottish heritage, castle ruins and dramatic coastlines. You will navigate through mountainous peaks, shimmering lochs and single track roads with friendly hairy Highland cows beckoning a stop for a photo-shoot. The unbelievable natural beauty will have you planning your next trip in no time.
Road trip to the Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is one of the most visited destinations in the Highlands. Skye can be visited from Inverness in one day and the journey is about 3 hours each way. Whilst this is possible, it is a lot of driving. To make the best of your visit to the Isle of Skye, I recommend either one or two overnight stays in Portree, a charming harbour town or any other place you would prefer.
The highlights on this road trip may include Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Skye Bridge, Quiraing, Fairy Pools, Bridal Falls, Kilt Rock The Old Man of Storr, Lochalsh, Portree and so many more depending on how many stops you make.
Suppliers of good value for money combination of an All-in-One
For great value for money holidays to the Scottish Highlands travelling by air or by train, take a look at EasyJet for cheap flights and Travel Supermarket for unbiased information. Select what suits your itinerary and book in advance to avoid disappointment. Always check cancellation policies and fine prints before finalising your booking.
Combine cheap flights with handpicked 3, 4, or 5 star accommodations from self-catering, to boutique with EasyJet Holidays. Add any extras you may need such us car rental, airport transfers.
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Where to stay in Inverness
Pro tip 2 | Book day or multi-day guided tours
To make the most of your stay in Inverness, and if you do not wish to drive, join a guided tour with a reputable tour provider and let someone else drive you around. You could easily do a day trip from Inverness or a multi-day trip to explore the Highlands. Here are a few carefully selected day and multi-day guided trips with reputable tour providers.
A final note on the Top 5 Hotels in Inverness City Centre
Whether you spend the day hiking, and exploring the wonders of Loch Ness, driving far and discovering the joys of single track roads or guided by knowledgeable locals, you are going to need a good night’s rest! I hope my selection of the top 5 hotels in Inverness will give the comfort and relaxation needed whilst away from home.
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Have a splendid time exploring Inverness and the Highlands.
Basics for Inverness
From London to Inverness by Train
Edinburgh to Capital of the Highland by Train
Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Tour
Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns Experience
Jacobite Steam Train (Hogwarts Express) and Highland Tour
Facts on Scotland
Population: Over 5.4 million (2020)
Common Language: English. Gaelic is spoken by 1.3% of the population mostly in the west and in the Highlands.
Currency: £ – Pound (GBP)
Capital City: Edinburgh. Home to the first fire brigade in the world, and is the second largest city in Scotland. The largest metropolis in Scotland is Glasgow.
High season: Summer (July – August)
Religion: Christianity – 40% Church of Scotland. 15% Roman Catholic and 6% other Christian denominations. Groups include Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh with a quarter of the population has been recorded as having no religion.
Social courtesies: Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone for the first time. When visiting someone’s home, a small gift such as flowers or a box of chocolates is appreciated.
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