Booking a hotel in Inverness, the northernmost city in the UK, will give you an ideal launching pad from which to explore the wild and wonderful Highlands that bulge towards the top of our island. Best Western has two hotels in Inverness; both are cosy, comfortable and fully equipped and are based on Ness Walk and Stratherrick Road.
If you are looking for a different and peaceful UK city break, then a hotel in Inverness is certainly an option you should consider. It is a varied and beautiful place, is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and has one of the highest standards of living in the UK. Its wide, clean streets, lined by the old and beautiful stone facades, are steeped in history and character. Inverness began its life as one of the chief strongholds of the Picts, our aggressive ancient neighbours, and has expanded very slowly in the many centuries since that time. Book an Inverness hotel to really explore and learn about the settlement's history. The centre sits on the eastern side of the River Ness, looked down upon by the imposing Inverness Castle, a powerful red sandstone structure that sits upon a large mound above the River Ness. Each of the city's neighbourhoods has its own distinctive character. Douglas Row, Bank Street and Castel Road run alongside the river near our Inverness hotel. Nearby winding side streets lead you to the action in the city, where you'll find the Eastgate Shopping Centre and the Victorian Market. The Station and post office are just north of Ness Bridge and Bridge Street, this is also the area to eat out, as there are dozens of fancy restaurants, cosy cafes and stylish bars. The neighbourhood of Abriachan lies on the western shore of the Loch and offers stunning views to visitors and sits on the edge of an attractive forest. At the southern edge of the city is the area of Craig Dunain, which is an ideal place for sports fans to visit as it has a successful rugby club and a popular golf course.
Shopping in Inverness
Another reason an Inverness hotel is a good choice for a UK city break is that it will put you on the doorstep of the best shopping facilities in the region. Eastgate Shopping Centre is home to some specialist stores like Apple retailer Stormfront and diamond specialists Chisholm Hunter and is always pulsing with Scots waving money and opening purses, ready to shop till they drop. Inverness Shopping Park offers many high street retail names known across the UK, including Outfit, Next and Tesco. Locally based stylists, Ego Hair Design, were nominated in The Scottish Independent Retail Awards of 2011. If it happens to be raining, head to the Victorian Market enclosed by Queensgate from your Inverness hotel as it's covered and has a wide spectrum of retailers from indie shops to well-known brands. As a cheeky reminder of your short break in Inverness, pick up a tartan number at Chisholm's Highlands Dress on Castle Street.
Eating and drinking in Inverness
Abstract restaurant and bar, in Ness Bank, is a particularly stylish and funky establishment and certainly a good place to try out, having won an Eat Scotland Gold Award. Don't even think about leaving without dabbling in the local whiskies. Check out uisge beatha at Glen Ord distillery, just north of the city.
Culture and nightlife in Inverness
A hotel in Inverness centre will put you on the doorstep of plenty of fashionable bars and night clubs. Play, on Castle Street, is a great place for lively music that attracts a young crowd and Hush Night Club, a 21's venue, is open until 3am on weekends.
Book a seat at the 850-seat Eden County Theatre to be serenaded by the likes of Joe Longthorne and Jane McDonald or pop next door to the adjoining cinema complex to be blown away by the latest blockbuster in surround sound. For a more alternative crowd, head to the Ironworks on
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8 Ness Walk, Inverness, Inverness-shire, IV3 5NG
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