"With both feet on the ground in Inverness" Top 5 Page for this destination Inverness by JessH

Inverness Travel Guide: 362 reviews and 815 photos

Finding the modest side of a tourist city

I love Inverness because at one point you can be strolling through the city's centre, in the hustle and bustle of shoppers and tourists and a few minutes later you can escape the noise and take a quiet, peaceful stroll along the banks of the River Ness, and watch fisherman trying to catch salmon... right in the centre of town! I think it's the perfect size and it has quite a young "vibe" as well.

It's a great base from which to explore the beautiful Highlands and Islands and there are numerous things to do! (so many, in fact, that we're going back for another visit or two this year :-)

A cosmopolitan urban culture, high quality of life, outstanding natural beauty, a thriving tourist industry and warm and welcoming locals: Inverness really does seem to offer the complete package and I think it's often underestimated.

Many say Inverness has become a fake and pretentious "tourist trap", but if you can ignore the Loch Ness Monster memorabilia, if you don't mind a bagpiper playing on almost every corner and if you can walk past the tartan souvenir shops you'll see the real Inverness for what it truly is: inviting and truly appealing.

--> 1st visit: August 2008
--> 2nd visit: March 2009
--> 3rd visit: July 2009
--> 4th visit: August 2010
--> 5th visit: September 2011
--> 6th visit.... ok, you get the idea ;-) We come here every year!

--> Tips about things to do, restaurants, hotels or places that lie OUTSIDE of Inverness city
can be found on my general Scotland Page.

The Lovely Lass o' Inverness, by Robert Burns

(Original, in Scots Gaelic)
The lovely lass of Inverness,
Nae joy nor pleasure can she see;
For e'en to morn she cries "Alas!"
And ay the saut tear blin's her e'e.

Drumossie moor, Drumossie day
A waefu' day it was to me!
For there I lost my father dear,
My father dear and brethren three.

Their winding-sheets the bluidy clay,
Their graves are growin green to see,
And by them lies the dearest lad
That ever blest a woman's e'e.

Now wae to thee, thou cruel lord,
A bluidy man I trow thou be,
For monie a heart thou hast made sair
That ne'er did wrang to thine or thee!

The lovely girl of Inverness,
No joy nor pleasure can she see;
For evening to morning she weeps "Alas!"
And always the salt tear blinds her eye.

Drumossie moor, Drumossie day
A woeful day it was to me!
For there I lost my father dear,
My father dear and brothers three.

Their winding-sheets the bloody clay,
Their graves are growing green to see,
And by them lies the dearest lad
That ever blessed a woman's eye,

Now woe to you, you cruel lord, (William of Cumberland)
A bloody man I know you be,
For many a heart you have made sore
That never did wrong to yours or you!

Things you might be missing in Inverness...

Click here for the Inverness City Advisor Events Calendar:

Or the Events Calendar from "What's On Inverness":

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Big enough to get lost in, small enough to feel personal.
  • Cons:Gets overcrowded with tourists, can be pricey in peak season.
  • In a nutshell:A great place in a great location; make of it what you wish it to be!
  • Last visit to Inverness: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    Hi Jess, you've written some fine tips here. I learned a lot especially about Culloden -- never realized how one-sided that battle was.

  • iaint's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Had drinks & dinner in the Castle Tavern on Saturday. Thanks for the tip!

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    Great page, I enjoyed reading your tips! I guess next time I'm in Scotland I'll stop by Inverness for some days, seems nice there! And Leakey's sounds perfect for me, I love books!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Jess, these are marvelous pages that attend to detail, help travelers, and add interest to learning about a new place for me. Terrific photos and outstanding information.

  • sweetnika's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    Deep fried bar looks v hot..lol

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:56 AM

    Haha, dangerous to read your restaurant tips.... I would love fish & chips now or maybe a curry :-)

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Great page Jess! I would love Leakey's I know, and hearing the bagpipes. Your accommodation choice sounds just right, as do the restaurants, and like you I enjoy visiting "foreign" supermarkets. Will come back to check out updates

  • Kaspian's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Oh, yes--Did you read the last paragraph on my Inverness page? I was homesick for that town for a good two years afterwards. I'd LOVE to visit again.

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:17 AM

    Great new tips ,Jess

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Thanx for your page! Greetings to Dubai!

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