About The City Sightseeing Inverness Tour:
• English Language Commentary | • 12 Hop-On Hop-Off Stops | • Multi-Lingual Tour Leaflets | • Family Tickets Available | • Special Discounts With Valid Tickets | • 24 Hour Ticket Validity (From First Use).
The City Sightseeing Inverness bus tour offers flexible hop-on hop-off travel between 12 stops throughout the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Book your tickets online and board the red buses at any point along the route (see map). If you're staying in Inverness the best place to start is the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street or Inverness Bus Station.
All tours have pre-recorded English language commentary on the history of Inverness, as well as helpful and informative members of staff. Be sure to hop-off at Dochgarroch for the Loch Ness by Jacobite, Contemplation tour.
What You'll See On The Tour:
Enjoy the City Sightseeing Inverness tour from start to finish by hopping aboard at stop 1 Visitor Information Centre located on Bridge Street. Close to a number of city centre attractions this building offers an ideal orientation point for first time visitors. It sits at the foot of Inverness Castle and joins on to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, which is free to enter. Have a wander inside and experience the history of the Highland capital from ancient Pictish times up to the present day.
The adjacent high street leads straight through Inverness' commercial heart. Here you'll find a collection of brand name shops as well as the Eastgate Shopping Centre, which serves as the region's main retail outlet. It houses all the big brands you'd expect from a major city, in addition to chain restaurants and cafés. On Queensgate there's also the Victorian Market, a covered venue with an old-timey feel. Its original entranceway on Academy Street dates back to 1870, and to this day the businesses lining the arcade remain independent purveyors of quality goods.
Inverness Castle itself currently operates as a courthouse and is not accessible to the public, though it is an ideal point from which to embark on a stroll along the River Ness. By heading down nearby Ness Bank and joining onto the Great Glen Way you'll pass St Andrew's Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre before reaching the Ness Islands.
St Andrew's Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre can also be reached by hopping off at stop 2 on the bus tour. Stops 3 and 4 will set you down next to the Botanical Gardens and Inverness Leisure Centre, whose facilities include a swimming pool, gym and climbing wall. Continue across the Caledonian Canal for a short trip to Dochgarroch – stop 5. Here travellers can choose to embark on the Contemplation tour with Loch Ness by Jacobite, or set off on a relaxing nature walk down the Caledonian Canal towpath.
Whatever you choose to do the City Sightseeing bus will return to Inverness via the A82. The second half of the clockwise journey around the city centre begins with Torvean Golf Course - stop 6, followed by the Clachnaharry/Muirtown locks then on to Queensgate and the Bus Station. The last three stops are, Bank Street, Ness Bank Church and Inverness War Memorial.