Inverness (meaning 'mouth of the River Ness') is a City status in the United Kingdom in northern Scotland. The city is the administrative centre for the Highland (council area) Council areas of Scotland. The city lies near the site of the 18th century Battle of Culloden and at the northeastern extremity of the Great Glen, where the River Ness enters the Inverness/Moray Firth making it a natural hub for various transport links. It is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom. The Gaelic king, MacBeth nicknamed The Red King held a castle within the city where he ruled as Mormaer of Moray.
Inverness is a fast growing city, with a quarter of the Highland population living in or around the city and is ranked fifth out of 189 British cities for its quality of life, the highest of any Scottish city. Inverness is twinned with one German city, Augsburg and two French towns, La Baule and Saint-Valery-en-Caux.
Inverness College is the main campus for the UHI Millennium Institute and offers one of the widest ranging curricula in Scotland. With around 8,500 students, Inverness College hosts around a quarter of all the University of the Highlands and Islands' students, and 30% of those studying to degree level.

Why visit?

  • Inverness is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, from the rolling hills of the Highlands to the picturesque lochs and rivers. Take a boat trip on Loch Ness or explore the nearby Cairngorms National Park.
  • Inverness is the perfect place for outdoor activities, from walking and cycling to skiing and snowboarding. There are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the stunning scenery of the Highlands.
  • Inverness is a great place to experience the culture of the Highlands. Visit the Highland Folk Museum to learn about the area's history, or take part in a ceilidh or traditional Highland dance.