Inverness

The flavours of the Highlands and the gateway to the Loch Ness monster.

Overview

Approximate flight time: 1 hours 30 minutes (total distance 363 miles)

Airlines that fly direct: Loganair 

Airports in Inverness: Inverness Airport

Seasons: High: May - September: Low: November - March 

Currency: GBP British Pound (£)

Departing from Birmingham Airport

Flying from Birmingham Airport is the easiest way to travel from England to Scotland. 

In line with the latest Government restrictions, many of our outlets have had to close. Boots in the departure lounge is open and offering a food option for departing passengers. The unit's opening hours will coincide with flight departure schedules.

We are working with other outlets to coordinate their safe reopening but opening hours have not yet been confirmed and may change daily.

Getting to Birmingham Airport is easy whatever mode of transport you use. If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find a choice of 7 car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via a free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 70% off.

Those travelling by public transport will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International train station. There is a free and frequent bus from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.

To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page. Get all our tips for starting your holiday right by reading our tips for the leisurely traveller.

Average temperature in Inverness

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River in Inverness

River in Inverness

Arriving at Inverness Airport

Inverness Airport has one terminal and is situated about 9 miles east of Inverness city centre. The airport has plenty of onward travel options for you to get going on your Highlands adventure.

Stagecoach operates the Jet Bus Service to Inverness Airport with up to a 30-minute service between the City of Inverness and the airport and up to an hourly service from the airport to Nairn, Forres and Elgin.

If you prefer to travel by train, Inverness Train Station is about a 15-minute taxi ride away from the airport, with bus services also available. The train can take you to many destinations within the Highlands, as well as Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Taxis can also be found outside the terminal building.

Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.

What to expect in Inverness

As the region’s largest city, Inverness the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. From historical architecture to markets and galleries, there’s a lot more to Inverness than rolling hills.

Although Inverness uses the same currency as England, the design of Scottish bank notes differs from Bank of England, and as a result they’re not widely accepted in England. To be on the safe side, we recommend limiting the amount of money you exchange or withdraw, so you don’t have any leftover.

The weather in Inverness is notoriously unpredictable, so pack a good range of clothing, and don’t skimp on the layers. Summers are usually cool and partly cloudy, and the winters are long, cool and windy.  

Culture in Inverness

Sitting astride the River Ness and gateway to the Scottish Highlands, most people spend their time in Inverness enjoying the great outdoors. In summer, the city overflows with visitors intent on monster hunting at the nearby Loch Ness, but the city is great all year round. Visit the Old Town to marvel at the 19th century Inverness Cathedral, the mostly 18th century Old High Church and an indoor Victorian Market selling food, clothing and crafts. For local and Highland history, browse the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

Scotland is renowned for its unique delicacies and dishes, from haggis and black pudding to whisky and shortbread; you can’t leave without sampling some of the local produce. Thanks to its unique location, Scottish Highlands salmon and other seafood will be the freshest you’ve ever tasted.

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