Inverness Visitor information
An Introduction to Inverness
Advertised as "the Gateway to the Highlands" by the local authority, and long regarded as the capital of the Highlands, it has both a firm place in the chequered history of the area and in the maintenance of local traditional industry. It is also said to be one of the fastest growing cities in Europe with increased technology and culture to accompany it.
Things to do in Inverness
The historic Cawdor Castle 20 minutes from Inverness, is picturesque. Also in the region is Fort George and Culloden Battlefield Visitor centre which is highly imformative. Loch Ness is a short drive away, with boat trips running reguarly around the Loch and a five star exhibition centre.
Getting to Inverness
Inverness is served by road, on the main route through Scotland the A9 and is a 10 hour drive from London via the M6.
Inverness has its own International airport which is under a 20 minute drive to the city.
Inverness' train station, in the centre of the city is served by ScotRail and East Coast with mainline links to Edinburgh.
By Coach and Bus
The bus station's main operators are Stagecoach in Inverness. You can reach Inverness using National Express which from London is a 12 hour 35 minute journey. Megabus and Scottish CityLink operate to Edinburgh from where you can catch a train.
Inverness was one of the chief strongholds of the Picts, and in AD 565 was visited by St Columba with the intention of converting the Pictish King Brude. The castle is said to have been built by Máel Coluim III (Malcolm III) of Scotland, after he had razed to the ground the castle in which Mac Bethad mac Findláich (Macbeth) had murdered Máel Coluim's father Donnchad (Duncan I).
Medieval Inverness suffered regular raids from the Western Isles, particularly by the MacDonald Lords of the Isles in the fifteenth century. In 1187 one Domhnall Bán (Donald Bane) led islanders in a battle at Torvean against men from Inverness Castle led by the governor's son, Donnchadh Mac Coinnich (Duncan Mackintosh). The Clan MacDonald and their allies stormed the castle during the Raid on Ross in 1491. In 1562, during the progress undertaken to suppress Huntly's insurrection, Mary, Queen of Scots, was denied admittance into Inverness Castle by the governor whom she afterwards hanged. The Clan Munro and Clan Fraser took the castle for her.
In 1715 the Jacobites occupied the royal fortress as a barracks. In 1727 the government built the first Fort George here, but in 1746 it surrendered to the Jacobites and they blew it up. Culloden Moor lies nearby, and was the site of the Battle of Culloden in 1746, which ended the Jacobite Rising of 1745–1746.
On 7 September 1921, the first UK Cabinet meeting to be held outside London took place in the Town House, when David Lloyd George, on holiday in Gairloch, called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Ireland. The Inverness Formula composed at this meeting was the basis of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.
Universities in Inverness