Welcome to Inverness airport - An award winning airport and gateway to the Highlands.
Inverness airport is located 15km east of Inverness, and is just 20 minutes' drive from the city centre. It is also close to the regions comprehensive transport networks.
Many of the major attractions of the Highlands are within an hours' drive of Inverness and more of them within just two hours drive.
If you have never flown to Inverness before, then you are in for a great experience - landing at the airport, you will receive a traditional warm Highland welcome, easy access to baggage reclaim, and easy transport access in front of the terminal building, including national car hire franchises, local taxis and a frequent bus service to Inverness or Elgin.
Now you have a chance to explore one of Europe's last real wildernesses and a unique history and culture that stretches back hundreds of years. You can tap into the thrill zone of adventurous extreme sports in breathtaking natural surrounding, or delight in your search of spectacular wildlife while walking over our many hills. There is the chance to taste rare whiskies, fish for salmon in our legendary rivers or go searching for the monster in the depths of Loch Ness, only 30 minutes away.
Maybe if you would rather look at polar bears and tigers at the Highland Wildlife Park. You can watch whales, dolphins, seals, sea eagles and the European beaver all in their natural habitat, and flying into Inverness makes it one step closer to being reality.
The city itself is bustling with attractions, entertainments and great places to stay and eat. Eden Court Theatre, which also houses an art gallery and two cinemas, is set on the banks of the River Ness. Try checking out the city's newest food, leisure and entertainment guide for all the latest offers.
Walking along the river you will find the Ice Rink, Leisure Centre, Swimming Pool and the famous Floral Gardens with displays of tropical and local flora.
Inverness is a natural choice for visitors to begin their journey of discovery through the Highlands. The sandy beaches, dolphins' seals and whales of the Moray Firth are just to the north, the legendary Loch Ness lies to the south, where you can enjoy searching for the world's most famous monster, sail along the Caledonian Canal and explore the ruins of ancient Urquhart Castle.
History lovers will be fascinated at Inverness Castle, once the home of the garrisoned King's army before the battle of Culloden on April 16th 1746. Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite Rebellion ended when thousands of Jacobite soldiers perished in less than an hour, at the hands of the infamous Duke of Cumberland. Culloden Battlefield (about 10 minutes drive from the airport) is a poignant landmark, while Fort George is an imposing symbol of the repression that followed the Jacobite defeat.
From Macbeth's Cawdor Castle (where Mark Owen was married) to the new Eden Court, from live traditional music venues to a wealth of fine dining opportunities to the Highland Wildlife Park with its polar bear, there's plenty of variety nearby.
To the north-west of Inverness, the Highlands offer one of the most dramatic, scenic and unspoilt areas in north-western Europe. Visitors come here to climb mountains, study the magnificent geology, hike in the hills, wander in the ancient Caledonian forests, and watch for red deer, golden eagles, ospreys and others. Or how about discovering more about these places in a classic VW campervan? Visit www.strathpeffervwcampervans.co.uk for more details.
There are peerless mountain bike circuits, water sports galore along the coastline and on the lochs. Anglers come for the famous salmon and wild brown trout fishing , golfers for the spectacular links and parkland courses including the famous champion courses at Dornoch, Nairn, Brora and the Spey Valley.
Speyside offers a dozen single malt whisky distilleries, the perfect way to discover Scotland's national tipple. Aviemore only half an hour's drive from Inverness and set in the heart of the Cairngorms National park, is a Mecca for sports all year round.
Skiing in some of the most breathtaking scenery is close at hand, especially at Aviemore, Glencoe and Fort William offering a great winter experience for all enthusiasts.
The Highlands is also home to a series of major festivals, such as Rock Ness, Belladrum and Loopallu (Ullapool) - all great showcases for local and national bands. Not to mention a lively programme of book festivals, motor events and local Highland Games.
Links to the Islands
The area has been popular with travellers since Queen Victoria's Day, and the expansion of air routes, improved road and rail links have made access to the islands in the region easier than in her day. Today you can easily reach Stornoway, Kirkwall and Sumburgh from Inverness for a day trip or added day's adventures to your visit to the Highlands. For more information on Shetland, Orkney and Stornoway, please visit the sections within the airports sites.