Private jet charter to Inverness
Sitting at the end of the Great Glen and straddling the River Ness, Inverness is the self-proclaimed ‘Capital of the Highlands’. The United Kingdom’s northern-most city is a stepping off point for monster seekers heading for Loch Ness, hikers bagging Munros in the Cairngorms and whiskey lovers looking to try Scotland’s famous tipple. Contact our experts today to start planning your trip by private jet charter with Air Charter Service.
Although not quite as pretty as many of Scotland’s cities and lacking in historic buildings, the city’s riverside setting, typical Scottish stone buildings and a hilltop castle give it a certain charm. The castle itself is relatively modern: the current structure built to replace the former reincarnation which was destroyed in the Jacobite Rebellion. Today, the castle is used as a courthouse and not open to the public but you can wander around the exterior and enjoy views out over the city. As you wander around town, don’t miss the Old High St Stephen’s, the oldest church in the city, or Abertarff House, a town house built for the Fraser of Lovat clan in the late 16th Century.
Follow the River Ness southwest into the Great Glen, a loch-scattered, 62-mile glen between Inverness and Fort William, and you’ll soon reach the world-famous Loch Ness. The loch’s dark waters are believed by some to house the legendary Loch Ness Monster, an unknown beast that resembles a pre-historic animal. There have been numerous sightings of the monster, affectionately known as ‘Nessie’, since as far back as the 6th Century. People head here in great numbers for the chance to catch a glimpse of the cryptozoological creature.
Whether you believe there’s life in the loch or not, the region is well worth a visit. Learn more about the myth at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition or forego the tales altogether and head to the breathtaking Urquhart Castle. The ruins of this once important castle overlook the loch from the top of a rocky headland; as you explore the ruins you’ll learn about the bloody battles of the Wars of the Scottish Independence and raids by the MacDonalds, a large and fierce clan that rebelled against the Crown. The ruins are some of the most visited in the country and offer an incredible insight into the history of Scotland and the United Kingdom.
For further insight from Scotland’s past, head east out of the city to the Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last Jacobite Rising in 1746. This is a moving and sensitive tribute to the hundreds who fell in the last pitched battle on British soil. You can follow the trails around the site and see the 6-metre high memorial cairn as well as headstones to mark the graves of the various clans that fought during the battle. To step further back in time, visit the nearby Clava Cairns, one of the filming locations for the television show, Outlander. This region was used as a burial ground in the Bronze Age and you can see the circular cairns dotted around the site.
Inverness is the perfect base or start point if you want to explore the Cairngorms mountain range; the north-west entrance to the national park is just half an hour away from the heart of the city. This vast park is heaven for walkers and mountain climbers in the summer and skiers and snowboarders with all but one of the United Kingdom’s five six highest mountains found here.
You can’t come to Scotland without visiting a distillery or two. Thankfully, there’s a handful within relatively easy reach of the city. Grab your designated driver and drive northwestwards out to the village of Muir of Ord, the site of the Glen Ord distillery. Alternatively, take a taxi to Tomatin where you can fill a bottle straight from the barrel yourself.
The city is served by the international Inverness Airport, which is considered to be the gateway to the Highlands. Simply contact one of our team and we can arrange everything you need to charter a private jet to Inverness.