Inverness - Capital city of the Highlands

World famous for its scenery, hospitality and quality of life, Inverness is frequently placed in the top five most desirable places to live in the UK and is the Highlands and Islands' regional capital.

Key facts

  • ~70,000 population
  • Globally connected via direct air links to London and Amsterdam
  • 90 percent of workforce paid above average national wage

Work in Inverness

Inverness is a magnet enterprising, high tech businesses. It has a rapidly developing life science and biomedical sector which is attracting talented people from other parts of the UK to pursue their careers.

The expanding economy means Inverness has one of the highest employment rates in the UK.

The thriving Inverness economy includes:

Study in Inverness

Inverness has a variety of education institutions, from primary and secondary schools through to the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). There’s even a specialised Gaelic primary school in the city.

Inverness College UHI has around 8,500 students studying on a variety of courses every year.

The college is undertaking innovative research into renewable energy and bio-fuels through the School of Forestry.

Live in Inverness

Inverness was recently ranked fifth out of 189 British towns and cities by the Quality of Life Research Group at the University of Strathclyde.

A vibrant city with a cosmopolitan feel, enough pubs, bars and restaurants to suit every taste and a highly sought after retail scene, Inverness is set in one the cleanest and most scenic environments in Europe.

The city’s many historical and cultural attractions include:

  • Inverness Castle
  • Museum and Art Gallery
  • St Andrews Cathedral
  • Eden Court Theatre (with its restaurant and cinema)
  • Seven-screen state-of-the art cinema

Outside the city lie countless scenic and environmental delights, including legendary Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Culloden, the Clava Cairns and Moray Firth with its colony of bottle-nosed dolphins.

A packed festival diary ensures Inverness is a great place to live all year round, including:

  • Annual Highland Games
  • Highland Festival — providing an international programme of drama, music and dance
  • Highland Food Festival
  • One of Scotland's biggest and best Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) parties

Sports and leisure

Inverness offers a choice of golf courses and is close to championship courses Castle Stuart, Nairn and Dornoch.

The purpose-built Inverness Aquadome, complete with pool, fitness complex and competition standard climbing wall offers year round activities for individuals and families.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC (Caley Thistle) and Ross County FC play in the Scottish Football Premier League and shinty is a popular participation and spectator sport in the area.

The Cairngorm mountains are only a 30 minute drive from Inverness offering outstanding snow sports, while a short journey in any direction will lead you to some of the most spectacular hillwalking and mountaineering in Europe.



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