Discover Inverness with megabus

Discover Inverness with megabus

Take a coach to the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ for an intoxicating mix of old and new. Inverness sits across the River Ness, just a stone’s throw from the famous loch with its famous monster. And whether you’re Nessie-hunting or merely taking in the breathtaking Scottish scenery, a cruise on Loch Ness is a good place to start. This historic seaport is packed to the brim with attractions. Discover the region’s history at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, before whisky-tasting at Tomatin Distillery. For more adventures, head for the magnificent Cairngorms, which are just an hour away.

Inverness: top 3 things to do

1. Track down Nessie at Loch Ness

A trip to this part of the world wouldn’t be complete without visiting Loch Ness. The largest lake in Scotland by volume, it’s home to the legend that is the Loch Ness Monster. The best way to hunt down Nessie is by boat. And if you don’t catch sight of the wiley sea creature, there’s always the stunning backdrop of misty mountains to make up for it.

 

2. Taste Scotland’s finest at Tomatin Distillery

The Scottish Highlands and single malt whisky go hand-in-hand, so a tour round the Tomatin Distillery is a must. Learn the history of the award-winning whisky and how it’s made, before sampling a wee dram at the Tasting Bar. To get there, hop on the 34X bus towards Aviemore.

 

3. Soak in some culture at Eden Court Theatre

Eden Court Theatre is the biggest arts centre in Scotland and a fantastic venue to catch a show. From the latest movie blockbusters and live music concerts, to opera and ballet, there’s something to suit all tastes. Check out what’s on and book your coach travel to Inverness around it.

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Inverness: getting around

Take the megabus to Inverness and you can expect things like free WiFi and power sockets to make your journey an enjoyable one. Other onboard features include overhead luggage racks to make the most of your 20kg luggage allowance.

Inverness is a compact city, so walking to the main attractions and shopping areas is the done thing. That said, there are plenty of buses and taxis on hand if you’d rather rest your feet. Heading to the Inverness College campus? Take the 8U bus from Falcon Square, which is a minute’s walk from the train station.

Inverness makes a prime base to explore the stunning Scottish Highlands with its lochs and castles. Reach the hiking trails of the Cairngorms National Park in an hour by train. Or, visit the pretty Victorian seaside town of Nairn, which takes just 15 minutes by train.

Inverness: best for nightlife

Small but mighty is the best way to describe Inverness’ after-dark scene. You’ll find plenty of Highland flavour in its pubs and bars, which serve up the region’s famous single malt whiskies and real ales. There’s plenty of hearty pub grub, too, featuring locally sourced produce like Aberdeen Angus steak and fresh salmon. There are a cluster of clubs and live music venues, too, if you’re looking to crank your evening up a notch. Hootananny in particular has made quite a name for itself with three live music rooms, two bars and superb Thai food. Along with rock and pop acts, there’s also stand-up comedy and a weekly ceilidh at this Church Street favourite. 

Inverness: best for shopping

From high street stores to souvenir shops, there are heaps of places where you can splash the cash. Eastgate Shopping Centre is your best bet for chain retailers like Next and M&S, with some independent stores to boot. For something a bit more traditional, the charming Victorian Market built in 1890 has an assortment of antiques shops, kilt-makers and local handicrafts. Most stores in this arcade are open Monday to Saturday. Don’t leave without visiting the shops in the old part of Inverness around Church Street and the pedestrianised High Street for gifts to take home.

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Inverness for free: our top 3

1. Visit the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Learn about the global reach of the Scottish Highlands at this museum, which has a mix of art, culture, archeology and natural history to explore. It’s open Tuesday to Saturday and admission is free. After you’ve learnt about Inverness’ past and present, enjoy a cuppa at Cobbs Tea House.

2. Admire the Inverness Botanic Gardens
To the south of the city, on the banks of the River Ness, are the Inverness Botanic Gardens. Subtropical plants, orchids and bougainvillea are just a few of the colourful blooms on display, alongside a cascading waterfall and a Koi Carp pool. There’s also a cactus house filled with hundreds of species of cacti and succulents.

3. Visit St Andrew’s Cathedral
The city’s late 19th-century cathedral is a masterclass in Victorian architecture. It’s imposing both inside and out, with ornate stained glass windows and fine furnishings. Make sure you look for the intricate Russian icons which were a gift from the Tsar of Russia. The cathedral is open every day.

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