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There are 10 car hire locations in Inverness and the most popular is Inverness Airport.
Coldest month: January (4°C)
Warmest month: July (14°C)
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A small cosmopolitan city nestled in the Scottish Highlands, Inverness echoes a true Scottish spirit.
The city has long attracted visitors seeking Nessie, but that’s far from the only mythical landscape to explore. Known as the hub of the highlands, there’s plenty of reasons why Inverness was chosen as the start and finish line of the North Coast 500 road trip.
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Frequently asked questions
Q. What is the most popular rental length in Inverness?
A. Five to six days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Inverness?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Inverness?
A. Keddy by Europcar is the cheapest car rental brand in Inverness, offering cars from just £6 per day.
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The ultimate Inverness road trip
Inverness Airport INV
A 20 minute drive from the city centre.
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All car rental desks are inside the terminal.
Struie Hill – 51km
A brisk climb leading up to a vantage point with sweeping views.
Falls of Shin – 19km
Foaming waterfalls and an excellent place to see wild Atlantic salmon leaping upstream.
Dunrobin Castle – 39km
This fairy tale castle looks as if it belongs in France with its chateau style spires and turrets.
Duncansby Head – 112km
The most north-easterly point on the British mainland.
An inlet of the North Sea, it is one of the best places in Europe for dolphin watching. Experts believe that around 130 bottlenose dolphins live in the area, alongside harbour seals, otters and an array of other wildlife. Chanonry Point is the most popular place for spottings.
This lake is by far the most famous in Scotland, thanks to Nessie, the elusive monster living beneath the deep. However, the loch is also the largest body of freshwater in the British Isles and a great place for hiking.
Cairngorm National Park
The park is huge – twice the size of the Lake District — and offers up a variety of activities, no matter the season. You can visit the park’s reindeer herd, travel on a steam train, and ski the mountains throughout the winter. Aviemore is a great gateway to enter the park when arriving from Inverness.
Overlooking the River Ness, which it once guarded, the castle has a distinct Highland heritage. Fifteen miles south of Inverness, the ruins are packed with 1000 years of history. Climb up the spiral stairs of Grant Town and keep watch over the loch.
This unusually designed castle, which legend states was built around a throne tree, is renowned for its connection to Shakespeare's Macbeth. Constructed during the 15th century, it is surrounded by an extensive estate and immaculately manicured gardens, perfect for picnicking.
The distinguished red sandstone castle stands its ground in the middle of the city. A fortification has existed on the site since the 11th century, transforming throughout the decades. From the North Tower, you can experience a 360 degree views of the city.
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Beside tartan kilts, and bagpipes, whiskey is one of Scotland’s most quintessential trademarks. The nation has five regions of production, each of which has its own geographic flavour. Made with some of the purest water in the UK, the Highland’s whiskey is often full-bodied with cereal notes.
Inverness has its fair share of nearby distilleries, including Tomatin and Glen Ord Distillery, both offering tours to learn about the process of making this warming liquid gold.
Tomatin has been a production since the 15th century and seeks to show off the “softer side of the Highlands.” Glen Ord Distillery is amongst the oldest distilleries in Scotland and has perfected their well-balanced recipes over generations.
Eden Court Theatre
Beside the banks of the River Ness, this is the largest entertainment venue in the Highlands. Programming includes everything from dramas and dance to comedy and music. Additionally, a cultural cinema is open year round.
A must for book shop lovers, this is Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop. Set in a former church, the shop has a charming appeal, as thousands of books are stacked up along the pulpit and pews.
Just outside the city, this old pilgrimage spot is decorated with brightly coloured pieces of cloth. People used to visit the springs and dip a rag into the water, then say a prayer to the spirits as they tied it to a tree.