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Flights to Inverness and the Highlands

Our flights to Inverness (INV) direct from London Heathrow (LHR) make it simple to get to the Scottish Highlands. You can be in Inverness in little more than one hour and thirty minutes, and setting out to explore this wonderful area.

The small city of Inverness is worth visiting for its cultural heritage and pink crenelated castle but this is only the first stop. Inverness is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Hire a car, pick it up at Inverness Airport, and soon you’ll be driving through a spectacular region of near-unspoilt wilderness. The Highlands is renowned for its lochs, sweeping glens, imposing mountains and rugged coastline – perfect for a secluded and relaxing holiday. Conquer Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak, or try and spot the famously elusive monster at Loch Ness. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, there is mountaineering and climbing during the summer, and skiing at Aviemore in the winter months. Alternatively, head south of Inverness to Speyside, which has the largest concentration of whisky distilleries in Scotland. All manner of highland games are at your fingertips when you use Inverness as your gateway to Scotland.

Inverness flight facts

All you need to know about flying to Inverness

Duration of your flight to Inverness Airport (INV)
Flight duration from London Heathrow (LHR) to Inverness Airport (INV).

You can fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Inverness Airport (INV) in just 1 hour 35 minutes.

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Things to do in Inverness

Sightseeing in Inverness

Sightseeing in Inverness

Inverness is a fairly small and compact city, but you can find some rewarding architecture and historically important museums. Inverness Castle sits perched above the River Ness, dominating the skyline above the city with its pink, crenelated turrets. The informative Inverness Museum and Art Gallery explores the history and heritage of the Highlands, including both Celtic and contemporary art from the area. And you can visit the oldest building in the city, Abertarff House, which was built in 1593 and restored by National Trust in 1966.

Highland whisky

Highland whisky

The Highlands of Scotland are well known for single malt whisky. It is an age old tradition dating back to the 15th century, using oak barrels to age spirits made from barley. In Speyside, just southeast of Inverness, you will find a large number of stills. From lesser known small batches to the world-famous Glenfiddich and Glenlivet brands, you can take a tour, and even taste a wee dram or two on the way round. Close to Inverness, you will find Glen Ord, offering tasting tours of its revered distillery.

Loch Ness
Loch Ness Monster.

Loch Ness

Just south of Inverness stretching 23 miles into the mainland, Loch Ness is a beautiful freshwater loch (lake) which flows into the River Ness. Allegedly home to a monstrous creature, affectionately named ‘Nessie’, there have been countless sightings of the Loch Ness Monster over the decades. Hire a car, and the loch is just a 40-minute drive from Inverness airport. Go on a loch cruise and you can listen to local folklore and even try and find Nessie for yourself, using sonar equipment to sound the murky depths. It makes for a quirky day out for all the family.

Food in the Highlands

Food in the Highlands

Fresh high-quality produce from the many local farms, seasonal game and superb seafood from the coast make for an unforgettable foodie holiday in the Highlands. From smoked salmon and kippers at breakfast to roast venison at supper, you will find something to delight the taste buds. A very traditional Highland dish is Haggis, served with neeps and tatties (mashed swede and potato) which you can try in Dingwall – just north of Inverness – home to the famous Cockburn & Son butchers.

Outdoor adventures

Outdoor adventures

Hire a car in Inverness and you can easily drive into the Highlands. This stunning destination has plenty of options for adventure. Try mountaineering and cycling in the summer months, and go sailing along the coast. Or practice skiing and snowboarding during the winter in Aviemore, in the Cairngorms National Park. Scotland also has wild camping, meaning you can camp on any unenclosed land for free and sleep under the stars – just make sure to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

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