The 10 best Hotels in Inverness for 2024 - Voyage Privé

The 10 best Hotels in Inverness for 2024

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The top 5 hotels in Inverness

Escape to the Scottish Highlands with our handpicked Inverness hotels. You’ll find 5 of the best luxurious stays here, from country hotels to riverside getaways.

Our best hotels in Inverness


Columba Hotel 4*

Nestled on the River Ness with views over to Inverness Castle, this is one of the best hotels in the city. Built in the 19th century, this boutique hotel offers sophisticated interiors of tartan and tweed. What’s more, the on-site bar is loaded with excellent whiskies, while the bistro serves up regional specialities fresh from the Highlands.

The Newton Hotel 4*

This opulent country house hotel is located just outside of Inverness, close to the beaches of Nairn. You can enjoy the hotel's breathtaking 21 acres of gardens and parkland before returning to the lounge for a drink. The hotel's interiors are a true delight of tradition and elegance, with unique room décor that’s sure to thrill.

Macdonald Pittodrie House 4*

This award-winning historic hotel is set within 2,400 acres of tranquil parkland. Located in the heart of Aberdeenshire, some 80 miles east of Inverness, the hotel traces its roots to the 15th century and the historic Erskine family. Today, you’ll find elegant interiors and gilded furniture fit for royalty.

Shieldaig Lodge 4*

This remote and tranquil waterfront lodge is one of the Highlands' highlights. You'll find award-winning food served in sophisticated interiors overlooking yachts and fishing boats. The lounge is a dream to relax in, with plush leather armchairs and a well-stocked whisky bar.

Natural Retreats - John O'Groats

Escape to the northernmost reaches of Scotland with this diversion from Inverness. Idyllic, quiet and off the beaten track, this rural escape is incredibly modern, with large glass windows offering spectacular views across the sea. The lodges are based on an award-winning design, featuring walls loaded with local art and a warming wood-burning fireplace at its centre.

Services will you find in our hotels in Inverness

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Room service
  • Flatscreen TVs
  • Luxury bathrooms
  • Well-stocked bar

Going on holiday in Inverness

Inverness is the Highlands’ beating heart and the UK’s northernmost city. It’s a fantastic destination all year round, but the summer is among the most popular and lively time to visit. Here, you’ll find outdoor festivities and plenty of excursions on Loch Ness. Crowds descend heavily on the city around July and August, so you may want to travel in spring or late summer to save money on your stay. As for autumn, it’s among the most beautiful times to visit the Highlands, with red-hued leaves and breathtakingly crisp scenery. The weather does get cold and wet, though, so wrap up warm and prepare for the season. For winter vacationers, many attractions close in the area, but the city itself comes to life with markets, lights and fairs.

Hotel offers at Inverness convenient for all kind of travel

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a thrill-seeking outdoor adventure, Inverness has it all. It’s got some of Scotland’s most prestigious restaurants and romantic experiences, as well as an alluring heritage with plentiful museums and castles. For families, the biggest draw is Loch Ness, where budding monster hunters can try their look spotting the elusive beast. You’ll also find plenty of bustling bars and pubs in the city centre for groups of travellers looking for a fun night out.

The range of hotels we offer at Inverness

  • Historic hotels
  • Country house hotels
  • Waterfront hotels
  • Remote hotels
  • City hotels

Inverness: What should we bring for a hotel stay?

  • Comfortable shoes
  • An umbrella
  • Waterproof walking clothes
  • Evening attire
  • Charging cables

Your best hotel at Inverness: how to get there and make your booking

How to get to Inverness

Inverness is the Highlands’ major transport hub, offering direct overnight trains from London via the Caledonian Sleeper. You can travel by day too, but there’s something special about the Sleeper. There’s also Inverness Airport which offers direct flights to London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. A car is recommended if you want to explore the surrounding area, although you’ll find adequate public buses to reach major tourist sites like Loch Ness. Once you’ve arrived in the city, you’ll find that you can navigate the centre easily by foot. If you’d like to travel by taxi, you can download the local Inverness Taxi app or hail a ride on the street.

How to book your hotel in Inverness

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The opinion of the Voyage Privé travel expert on Inverness

Inverness is a vibrant gateway to the Scottish Highlands, offering genteel strolls along pretty River Ness among more rigorous outdoor adventures. Home to an abundance of restaurants serving up contemporary Scottish cuisine, it's one of Scotland's most vibrant cities to visit. It's historical too, being founded in the 12th century by King David I. You can explore a plenitude of iconic castles and ruins around Inverness or take it easy and unwind in the city’s scenic drinking spots.

Inverness – Loch Ness has more to offer than monsters

Scenic Loch Ness lies due south of Inverness, and it’s among the city’s premier attractions. But there’s more than just elusive monsters to look for. Enjoy tranquil strolls along the loch or make the trip down to Fort Augustus. Here, you’ll uncover a rich canal heritage connecting Fort William with Inverness. You can also indulge in some Highland life lessons at the must-visit Clansman Centre.

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