Inverness City Tour - 1 day tour
Inverness City Tour
One day tour
Explore the history of Inverness on this popular hop-on, hop-off tour. There are 11 conveniently located stops so you can alight to discover all the city has no offer. Watch the pleasure boats navigate the locks of the Caledonian Canal or take a stroll along the banks of the River Ness to observe the wildlife. An informative and entertaining commentary in English is provided.
Hop-on, Hop-off - your ticket is valid for 24 hours
Museum and Art Gallery - view displays of Highland artefacts including bagpipes, fiddles and Pictish stones
Inverness Castle - admire the panorama over the city from the viewpoint
Abertarff House - see the oldest building in Inverness
Kiltmaking Exhibition - discover the history of this iconic highland garment and find your family tartan
Caledonian Canal - marvel at the ingenuity of Thomas Telford who designed this 60-mile canal through the Great Glen
Movie locations - Loch Ness, Avengers: Infinity War and Brave
Full Tour Itinerary
This popular open-top double-decker bus tour gives an insight into the history of Inverness, known as the Capital of the Highlands. Plan your day from the top of a double-decker bus, with 360-degree panoramic views of Inverness and the surrounding countryside.
The tour will take you from the original street between Castle and Kirk, with the oldest building Abertarff House, to the recently completed Highland Archive Centre, by the banks of the River Ness.
See Inverness Castle, standing guard over the city. It's the latest of 5 fortresses through the centuries that have had many famous visitors, including McBeth, Robert the Bruce, Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Not all of them were welcome!
Discover the city's many churches, including St Andrews Cathedral, probably one of local architect Dr Alexander Ross's finest buildings.
Leaving the city centre behind, the tour takes in Tomnahurich Hill and the Caledonian Canal, where you can hop off to enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness. A little later, see the flight of 5 locks at Muirtown constructed in 1822 by Thomas Telford to bring the Caledonian Canal to sea level.
Take to higher ground for incredible panoramic views of Kessock Bridge, The Black Isle and the Inverness Firth out to Fort George.
The final section of the tour takes you along the river-side then beneath Inverness Castle to see Flora MacDonald's statue, the 3 Graces, then along General Wade's road by Bellfield Park to Holm Mills shopping village.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this City Tour?
Without doubt the best way to discover Scotland’s great cities is to enjoy one of our hop-on, hop-off bus tours. Take the full tour to orient yourself then use your ticket as the most convenient way of getting between the key sights and attractions.
All our City Tours are operated by modern double-deck buses whose open-top design provides the best vantage point for sightseeing.
There are frequent departures (up to every 15 minutes) and tickets are valid for 24 hours.
All tours provide a full commentary in English and on the Edinburgh and Glasgow tours in other major languages too.
If you’re travelling with children these tours are a fun and entertaining way to discover your new surroundings - look out for the special kid’s commentary tracks.
Are admission fees included in the price of the ticket?
The cost of the tour is for transport only and admission fees to attractions are not included.
Where can I board the bus?
The main departure points for the Hop-on, Hop-off tours are:
Edinburgh - St Andrew Square (Bus Stop YD)
Glasgow - George Square (Bus Stop between North Hanover and North Frederick Streets)
Inverness - Inverness Bus Station
In addition each tour has a number of stops where you can also board the bus - just exchange your voucher for a ticket from the driver.
What happens if it rains?
This tour operates rain or shine all year round. The buses that are used on the tour have been specially designed with a covered area at the front of the upper deck offering protection from the elements.
What is the duration of the tour?
A full circuit of the tour route will take 60 minutes in Edinburgh & Inverness and 85 minutes in Glasgow.
- Transport by open-top bus
- Personal recorded commentary in English
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver
From Platform 7
Inverness Bus Station
Inverness IV1 1LT
Check-in: 10:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 10:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 16:15 hrs
Concession discount applies to children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
Children aged under 5 years travel free of charge.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Tour duration/Tickets valid/Departures
60 minutes/24 hours/hourly
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(4 /5) 08 Feb 2017
I think it might have been longer. What my family needed but had a hard time finding was a tour that took us beyond Iverness -- perhaps out as far as Chanonry Point. The tour and the route were good for what was supplied; I think my family might have benefited from an expanded service, but that may not be part of your company's overall goal. Thank you to the driver and all we met there though: Inverness is a wonderful place tand I would recommend this destination and tour to anyone.Angela from Manawa, United States
Rating:(4 /5) 14 Apr 2016
When I booked the tour on line I was informed that the bus would leave at 10 am. After standing for 30 minutes the bus finally arrived and the driver informed us that the time of the bus had been altered. Should people who had booked the trip on line not been informed of this? Needless to say the bus driver could not have been more helpful and pleasant. His name was Sammy.Maureen from Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom