Advertised as "the Gateway to the Highlands" by the local authority, it is regarded as the centre for commercial and industry for the Highlands, with continuing new investment in traditional industries and new hi-tech industries. It is also claimed as one of the fastest growing towns in Europe.
There are a wide variety of things to do for the tourist, one will not be disappointed or left wanting to find something to do, from history (Culluden Battlefield), to nature (the highland and Loch Ness) and parks (Landmark). There are two ski resorts, the nearest being Aviemore (great place for the outdoor person) and the other is the Nevis Range in Fort William. There are wide varieties of sporting activities on offer, from golfing to watersports.
The only disappointing thing about Inverness, is the nightlife - the atmosphere doesn't quite cut it, nor does the choices and opening times help matters.
Sited on the south side of the Moray Firth with picturesque River Ness flowing through the city, and can be reached from the south by the A9 from the south (Perth & M90 from Edinburgh, Glasgow) and from Aberdeen, 110 miles by the A96 road. The A82 reaches Inverness from the south-west, Loch Ness, Fort William and eventually to Isle of Skye. None of the roads to Inverness are entirely dual-carriageway. The A9 continues to Thurso on the extreme north coast of the Scottish mainland. The Caledonian Canal links Beauly Firth through Loch Ness to Forth William at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.
Inverness is served by a single line from the south and from Aberdeen and they continue to Wick and Thurso or the famous scenic rail route to Kyle of Lochalsh via Dingwall and Garve. None of the rail services to Inverness are not the fastest of services, and there is a direct sleeper service from London.
Inverness has an airport (BAA) - Nairn airport served by British Regional Airways, Easyjet (soon), Eastern Airways, and Highland Airways. It is sited between Nairn and Inverness and accessible from the Inverness-Aberdeen road. Limited charter services fly out from this airport.