With its spectacular setting on the River Ness and the Moray Firth, Inverness is the gateway to the Highlands. There has been a settlement here since as far back as the 6th century, but things changed dramatically when The Great Charter of Inverness was granted by James IV in 1592 – and the Highland capital has prospered ever since, not least in more recent decades when it has grown into a thriving regional city and cultural hub.
“The popular perception of the Scottish Highlands is as a series of rural communities, but this is not the case. Just as central to the spirit of Highlands are its urban centres.”
Today, with its go-ahead attitude steeped in traditional culture, the City of Inverness is a great place to spend time and the perfect base from which to explore the numerous historic sites and scenic landmarks to be found in the surrounding area.
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A Local View
The ‘Fairy Hill’ of Inverness
Air crìoch an iar-dheas Inbhir Nis, tha cnoc cas drùidhteach ann an cumadh slige bàta bun-os-cionn. Tha Tom na h-Iùbhraich a-nise na chladh, le clachan-uaighe air a mhullach agus aig a bhonn. Am measg na tha tiodhlaichte ann, tha Uilleam MacBhàtair, fear de phrìomh sgoilearan na Gàidhlig anns an fhicheadamh linn.
Power to the People from Great Highland Rivers
Discover the Highlands and Islands as a centre for hydro power.
An Ever-Changing Tapestry of Art Galleries and Craft Events
Discover the awe-inspiring works of local communities.
Land Reform Heroes Jailed in Inverness Castle
"Those reformers embodied the Spirit of the Highlands, eventually achieving positive crofting legislation in Westminster, but much remains to be done today..."
Outlander & Inverness
Outlander has enjoyed phenomenal success with millions of people gripped by the unfolding storylines. Many local landmarks feature in the books ranging from castles, historic houses, churches and battlefields to retail shops and coastal locations. If you're a fan of the series, a tour of Inverness and its historic landmarks are a must!
A Yarn About The Gellions
Learn all about the author's interesting family ties to the iconic Gellions Bar, Inverness.
Plan your visit
You can visit Inverness as part of these itineraries: