The Capital of the Highlands is easy to reach
and a great base from which to explore the North of Scotland.

Driving Times

Inverness to:

  • London: 573 miles / 917 km / 10hrs
  • Glasgow: 177 miles / 285 km / 4hrs
  • Edinburgh: 162 miles / 259 km / 3hrs
  • Oban: 118 miles / 190 km / 3hrs
  • Fort William: 65 miles / 100 km / 1hr 30
  • Aberdeen: 118 miles / 189 km / 3hrs
  • Ullapool: 61 miles / 100 km / 1hr
  • Thurso: 116 miles / 187 / 3hrs

Vehicle Hire
Cars, vans, motor bikes and cycles can be rented from various companies in Inverness.

Only an hour from London by air, Inverness is served by Dalcross International Airport which is 8 miles east of the city. A bus service operates between the airport and city centre approx. every 45 minutes at peak times (timetables online). Taxis available, also car hire at the airport.
Regular flights operate to/from London Gatwick (BA timetable), London Heathrow (Bmi) and London Luton (EasyJet timetable), as well as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Orkney and the Hebrides (BA timetables). Flights to Inverness from Manchester and Birmingham are now operated by Eastern Airways.

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.

The 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. Visit the Citylink web site for coach timetables.

Public Transport
The Highland Council publishes a series of local timetable guides covering rail, ferry, air, bus connections. These are available in local tourist information centres throughout the Highlands and cost 1 pound each. If you have timetable enquiries, contact Sheila Fletcher who works in the public transport section of the Highland Council in Inverness.

Coach Trips
An ideal way to see the best of the Highlands for those without a car. Stay in Inverness for a week and you can take a different trip each day! You can visit Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Orkney, Isle of Lewis, Wester Ross, Eilean Donan Castle, Caithness and Sutherland. Check with the Tourist Information Centre for times and prices.

Boat Trips
Several companies offer day trips on Loch Ness (to see the monster?!) and out into the Moray Firth to see the dolphins.

Notoriously unpredictable throughout the Highlands at any time of year! A weather forecast for Inverness is provided by Yahoo and there’s also one by the BBC (select Inverness from the list of places on the right of the page) and one by Online Weather.