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  • Inverness Castle
  • Inverness City Centre
  • Inverness City Tour
Inverness City Tour
See, Visit & Explore: Inverness Castle, Tolbooth, Inverness Town House, Inverness Museum, the Gaelic Church, Flora MacDonald Statue, The Victorian Market, River Ness Islands, Holm Mills Woollen Mill, Loch Ness Cruise (optional), The Caledonian Canal and Eden Court

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1 day tour from £10

3 April to 1 October, 2018
except 24 September, 2018

Adult Price from £ 10
Child Price from £ 3


Child rates apply from 5 to 15 years inclusive
Children under 5 years are carried free of charge.

Product code: CS 00319

Tour Summary

Our open-top bus tour of Inverness is the ideal way to discover all that is best about the Capital of the Highlands. There is a departure every hour and you can hop on and off at stops along the route so that you can explore the places of interest that you are hearing about in the commentary. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours. The commentary is provided in English.

Tour features:

  • Visit The Caledonian Canal, St Andrews Cathedral and Loch Ness Cruise (admission fees apply)
  • Tickets valid for 24 hours
  • Personal recorded commentary in English
  • Tour duration: 60 mins/buses operate up to every 60 minutes
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Tour

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The name Inverness comes from the Scottish Gaelic "Inbhir NisĒ meaning the mouth of the River Ness. The Burgh of Inverness was granted a Royal Charter by King David of Scotland in the 12th century and has grown steadily ever since. Inverness is renowned for being the administrative, distribution and cultural centre of Northern Scotland and through the last quarter of the 20th century, was one of the fastest growing towns in Western Europe. This was rewarded by Inverness being granted City status at the millennium. The city offers a warm welcome to a lively place with a modern outlook with plenty of things to do and see.

This popular open top double-decker bus tour gives an insight into the development of the city. 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. Inverness has had 5 castles through the centuries with many famous visitors, not all welcome, McBeth, Robert the Bruce,Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie among them.

Plan your day from the top of a double-decker bus, with 360 degree panoramic views of the city. Visit the many churches including St Andrews Cathedral which is probably one of Iocal architect Dr Alexander Rossís finest buildings. On the Western outskirts of the City the tour highlights Tomnahurich Hill and the Caledonian Canal, where you could hop off for a cruise on Loch Ness before taking the higher ground for great panoramic views of Kessock Bridge, The Black Isle and the Inverness Firth out to Fort George. The tour introduces the flight of 5 locks at Muirtown constructed in 1822 by Thomas Telford to bring the Caledonian Canal to sea level.

The final section of the tour takes you by the South side of Inverness Castle to see Flora MacDonaldís statue, the 3 Graces, then along General Wades road by Bellfield Park to Holm Mills shopping village.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I experience on this Hop-on, Hop-off Tour?
Without doubt the best way to discover Scotlandís great cities is to enjoy one of our open-top bus tours (donít worry, there is covered seating - just in case it rains!). 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 which provide the best vantage point for sightseeing.
All tours provide a full commentary in English and on the Edinburgh and Glasgow tours in other major languages too. If youíre travelling with children these tours are a fun and entertaining way to discover your new surroundings Ė look out for the special kidís commentary tracks on the Edinburgh and Glasgow tours.    Tickets are valid for 24 hours and can be used to hop-off to visit a museum or attraction then hop-on a later bus to continue your tour. A full circuit around the tour route will take about 1 hour (90 minutes in Glasgow). 
Where can I board the bus?
The main departure point for the Inverness City Tour is Bank Street, close to the Visitor Information Centre. The tour has 9 stops and you can board the bus at any of these locations Ė just exchange your voucher for a ticket from the driver. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time that it is issued. Keep your ticket in a safe place as it cannot be replaced if you lose it.  
What happens if it rains?
This tour operates rain or shine daily. 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.
Can children travel this tour?
Children of all ages are welcome to travel on this hop-on, hop-off tour. Special child prices are available for children aged 5 to 16 years of age. Children under 5 years are carried free of charge. 
How will I know where to get off?
There are so many places to explore on the Inverness City Tour. The key attractions at each stop are announced so that youíll know where to alight. Youíll also be given a handy tour map that lists the places youíll want to visit. 
Can I show my ticket on my smartphone?               
No, you will need to print the voucher that we send you and exchange it with either the bus driver.
Are admission fees included in the price of the ticket?
Admission fees are not included in the price of the tour. Many of the most popular museums and art galleries on the tour route are free of charge.
What is the duration of the tour?
A full circuit of the tour route will take 60 minutes, if you donít get off the bus. Buses operate every hour from 10:15 hrs until 15:15 hrs.

What's Included

ē Transport by open-top bus
ē Personal recorded commentary in English
ē Service charges and taxes

Not Included
ē Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
ē Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
ē Gratuity to your driver

Departure information

First Tour: 09:30 hrs
Last Tour: 15:30 hrs
Frequency: every 60 minutes
From Visitor Information Centre Bus Stop, Bridge Street, Inverness IV2 3BJ

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