Our daily 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.
When you fly with British Airways, you can choose a departure date that suits you and you’ll enjoy a safe and comfortable journey. Our cabin crew will be happy to help you with anything you need, so you can simply relax. Choose to fly with hand baggage only or pick a price that includes a 23kg checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 48 hours before you fly. You can also buy delicious food from British food favourite M&S, on board all flights from/to London Heathrow and London Gatwick. For your convenience we will only accept payment by credit/debit cards on board, and Executive Club Members can pay with Avios via the British Airways app.
Inverness Airport is connected to the city by the regular Jet Bus Service, Inverness centre is 5 miles away (8km) and takes up to 30 minutes. You can grab a taxi, but we recommend hiring a car with us. All mandatory charges are included, and you’ll collect Avios on every rental. Inverness is the gateway to the Highlands, so make the journey at your own pace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hire a car in Inverness and you can easily drive into the Highlands. This stunning destination has plenty of options for adventure. Try mountaineering, horse riding 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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