Flights to Inverness
The Scottish city of Inverness is the northen most city in the whole of the UK, situated as it is in the north east of Scotland. Inverness offers many attractions for tourists including plenty of grand architecture including Inverness Castle, and the city acts as a hub for the Highlands.
Flights to Inverness Airport (airport code: INV) are available on a number of airlines, with both 1 and 2 stop routes from South Africa. You will be stopping in London if you catch a flight to Inverness with BMI, British Airways, or Virgin Atlantic. Egyptair makes connections in Cairo and London, and SwissAir goes through Zurich and then also London. If you choose to get a flight to Inverness with South African Airways, you’ll be stopping in Dubai and then London.
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The Tourist Attractions of Inverness:
Lying in the heart of the Scottish Highlands Inverness is definitely a gateway to this beautiful and rugged part of the United Kingdom and with the Highlands on the doorstep there are plenty of things to see and do in and around Inverness.
You can easily use Inverness as a base for exploring some of the Scottish Highlands where you’ll come across mountains, vast areas of wilderness, lochs and quaint little towns and villages.
Inverness Castle is the most striking landmark in Inverness as it sits in a prominent position on a hill overlooking the River Ness. Though this is one of the city’s best known landmarks the interior of the castle is unfortunately not open to the public because it’s used as the Inverness Sheriff Court. You can however admire the castle from the outside and the grounds are open to the public so you can see it up close and enjoy the river views.
Inverness Castle isn’t as old as many others in Scotland yet it does stand on the same site as a much earlier castle that was built in 1057. Several incarnations have stood here since that time, and the current Inverness Castle dates from 1836.
Inverness Cathedral also dates from the 1800s and is more accurately called the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew. It was begun in 1866 and completed in 1869 though there were originally plans for two huge spires that were never built due to lack of funds.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
The combined Inverness Museum and Art Gallery features a number of exhibits and artefacts from the region including historic weapons and a selection of items on loan from the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Annual Events in Inverness
You could tie in your visit to Inverness with the city’s event schedule as there are particularly two events that are worth coming along to if you’re interested in Scottish culture. The City of Inverness Highland Games take place every year and give you the chance to see some of the great Highland Games competitions, while the Northern Meeting has happened in Inverness since 1788 and is now best known for its bagpiping competitions.
When Should You Visit?:
Inverness is quite a cold city, in line with its northern location, and is actually known as having the coldest winter of any city in the UK. Even so, the climate is actually quite mild for the latitude, dropping to an average high of 4C in January. Summers are the better time to visit for warmer weather though it’s still mild with average highs of 17C in July and August.