Inverness (Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Nis, "Mouth of the River Ness") is a city in the Scottish Highlands, situated where the River Ness flows out into the Moray Firth. It's the only town of any size in the Highlands, and is the region's commercial and administrative centre. It's an agreeable Victorian town that has no stand-out tourist attractions of its own, but has good transport and choice of lodging and eating places. So it's a good base for exploring nearby Loch Ness, Black Isle, Culloden, Spey valley and Cairngorm National Park.
1 Inverness Airport (INV IATA), Ardersier IV2 7JB (5 miles west of city off A96 to Nairn). Regular direct flights are by KLM from Amsterdam, British Airways from London LHR, Aurigny from Guernesey, BH Air from Burgas, Eastern Airways from Southampton, Jet2.com and Ryanair from European hubs and the Mediterranean, and by TUI from the Mediterranean. The airport is small but modern, with cafes, car hire, and ATMs. Stagecoach Bus 11 / 11A ("Jet Bus") runs to Inverness every 30 min taking 25 min, fare £4.40, and to Nairn hourly taking 20 min, fare £5. A taxi between the airport and the city costs around £15. (updated Dec 2018)