How to Get Around Inverness

Here it is one of my favourite parts of Britain – Scotland. My first visit to the Scottish capital was some 20 -odd years when I have spent only 24 hours in Edinburgh. The lack of time to see and do everything I wanted, made me want to go back one day.

If you are planning to visit Scotland soon, I can guarantee you will love its capital. However, other spots in this such as the Highlands offer you the possibility to immerse yourself in two completely different universes and amazing landscapes.

One of these places is Inverness and together with Loch Ness, and Stirling, the rest of the jewels of the Highlands are part of the most scenic destinations in Great Britain.

Inverness is known for its historical sets of magnificent Scotch whisky. The city’s castle is the home of Shakespeare’s McBeath in the 11th century.

Visitors chose Inverness as a base for excursions and daily walks in the Highlands, tour Mallaig on the Caledonian Sleeper or Loch Ness or visit the most beautiful castle in Scotland, the Eilean Donan Castle. Tourists can experience a lot of Scottish culture in Inverness.

So, let’s find out how to get around in Inverness and make the most of your stay in the Highlands.


For a traveller, the best way of exploring a city is always walking around. It was quite easy to find the attractions in Inverness on foot. But you can always book a sightseeing hop on hop off bus as well.

There are regular bus services to Urquhart Castle and to the local surrounding villages like Drumnadrochit, Fort August and Beauly.

But if we need to save some time and money, it’s better to count on the help of public transport and other ways of moving around.

Inverness has a compact city centre, where you can check most of its historic attractions, which makes it ideal for budget travel. So, if you plan your trip ahead, it is possible to get some special deals and take advantage of low-cost travel in and around.

You can take day trips to attractions around, remember that buses don’t tend to come along every few minutes like in the big cities. So, once you know where you’d like to go, check the timetables at Travel Line Scotland to check train, buses, coaches, metros, aeroplanes, and ferry times.


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As in any main city in Britain, there are plenty of black cabs in Inverness. At Inverness Premier Taxis you can find a professional and reliable taxi service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

When you choose to move around by taxi, you can also take advantage of a more personalised service, with experienced and punctual drivers that will know the area. You can also avoid the language barrier that can be a problem when using public transport, by choosing a privacy service.

Safety is also another reason that makes taxis a good option of transport when you are travelling.

This is something you can’t always tell when you take public transport, especially if you’re travelling solo, at night or in an unknown place. In a licensed taxi, you can be sure that you will arrive at your destination safely.


In my opinion, trains are always the best mean of transportation for all kinds of travellers. In Scotland, travelling by train means enjoying scenic landscapes in quite comfortable seats. The most popular train journey from Inverness to Mallaig by Jacobine steam train.

Inverness is a quite good hub for joining train routes in Scotland. If you are looking for more inspiring destinations, a great scenic rail journey is for you. It’s an unforgettable way of experiencing the Highlands in quite a comfortable way.

But it is important to highlight that travelling by train in the UK is a luxury sometimes. You do need to book in advance to get the best deals.

*This is a collaborative post. 

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.