Accommodation in Inverness Scotland

Inverness is the capital and administrative centre of the Scottish Highlands. It has a population of around 60,000 (75,000 including the surrounding administrative area). Around one third of the Highland region’s population live in or around Inverness, and it’s currently one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. In recent years its economy has grown rapidly, whilst the city is ranked among the top 10 in Britain for quality of life. This has made the city a major draw for tourists in it’s own right, as well as making it a great base to explore other attractions in the area. For example, the city sits at the foot of Loch Ness, and is just a few miles from the site of the infamous Battle of Culloden. The tourist and winter sports resort of Aviemore is accessible by road or rail just 30 miles to the south.

As you might expect from such a rapidly expanding city there’s a large range of accommodation on offer to suit most budgets. Here we’ll take a look at some of the best examples, as well as some info on travelling to Inverness.

Cheap places to stay in Inverness

Amongst the most popular of the cheaper hotels in Inverness is the Ramada Encore. It’s located almost right at the centre of the city, and guests have noted how useful this makes it for shopping, particularly at the nearby Eastgate Centre. Guests also praised the tidiness of the rooms and the hotel’s overall modern feel.

The Glen Mhor Hotel is located along the banks of the River Ness, within easy reach of the city centre. Guests have noted the quality of the hotel’s breakfast and its bar, as well as there being ample parking on site; something always worth considering if you’re travelling by road.

Atholdene House lies about 1/4 of a mile from the city centre, and despite being one of the smaller venues, boasts it’s own on-site restaurant. Guests have noted the comfort of the rooms and feel the hotel is ideally located.

Mid-range accommodation in Inverness

Moving up the price scale, the Kingsmills Hotel, located out towards the east of the city, sports it’s own golf course and day spa. Guests have praised the on site swimming pool, and rooms, some of which are balconied.

Out towards the south of the city is the Lochardil House Hotel, whose facilities include conference rooms and a tennis court. Guest have praised the generous size of the bedrooms and bathrooms, and generally feel the service level is of a very high standard.

The Palace Hotel is one of Inverness’s oldest, which in recent years has been extensively refurbished to include a full spa with swimming pool and gym facilities. Guest have noted the spaciousness of the rooms and the hotel’s convenient location for shopping in the city centre.

Luxury hotels in Inverness

The very boutique and trendy 5-star Rocpool Reserve Hotel is arguably Inverness’s most luxurious. Among it’s features are a beauty centre, sauna, access to the nearby golf course, and a concierge. The rooms feature private balconies, are air conditioned and soundproofed. Due to it’s boutique nature and high reputation this is an in demand hotel, and therefore you can expect to pay a basic rate of at least £120 per night.

Hotel Brands in Inverness

As you might expect from such a rapidly expanding city there are now a number of the familiar hotel chains with presences in Inverness. They include an Express by Holiday Inn, two Travelodges (Inverness and Inverness Fairways), and no less than four Premier Inns (River Ness, East, West, and Centre).

Travelling to Inverness

Inverness Airport lies some 8 miles north-east of the city. It has expanded substantially from it’s localised roots in recent years, and now offers scheduled direct services from London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Amsterdam and Zurich. A shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes between the airport and the city centre.

As of December 2012 there are two daily rail services from London that terminate at Inverness railway station – one a daytime service (known as The Highland Chieftain) from King’s Cross, the other a sleeper service from Euston. There are additionally 4 daily services from Glasgow Queen Street, 7 per day from Edinburgh Waverley, and 10 from Aberdeen.

Road travel from the south is primarily via the A9 trunk road, which will be undergoing the process of being fully duelled between the central belt and Inverness over the next decade. Coach services are available to Inverness bus station (link) from a number of destinations, including London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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