The flavours of the Highlands and the gateway to the Loch Ness monster.
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 30 minutes (total distance 363 miles)
Number of flights per week: 7
Airlines that fly direct: Flybe
Airports in Inverness: Inverness Airport
Seasons: High = May - September; Low = November - March
Currency: GBP British Pound (£)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Flying from Birmingham Airport is the easiest way to travel from England to Scotland. Fly from BHX to Inverness and enjoy our shops, restaurants and amenities before you board.
Check out the great deals at World Duty Free and stock up on all your favourite brands at discounted prices. Purchase any last-minute travel essentials from Boots and visit WHSmith for plane entertainment in the form of books and sweets. Why not treat yourself and head to Aerospa to get your nails done, before browsing the likes of Pandora, Kurt Geiger and Victoria’s Secret? Whatever you need, we’ve got plenty of shops for you to explore.
We also have a selection of great cafés, bars and restaurants, where you can relax and enjoy a tasty meal before you fly. Wetherspoon has something for all the family, and there are plenty of coffee shops like Costa and Caffé Nero. If you want to grab something before the flight, head to Wrapchic or Pret a Manger.
For extra comfort and relaxation, why not book into one of our five airport lounges? Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views.
Getting to Birmingham Airport is easy whatever mode of transport you use. If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find a choice of 7 car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via a free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 50% off.
Those travelling by public transport will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Arriving at Inverness Airport
Inverness Airport has one terminal and is situated about 9 miles east of Inverness city centre. The airport has plenty of onward travel options for you to get going on your Highlands adventure.
Stagecoach operates the Jet Bus Service to Inverness Airport with up to a 30-minute service between the City of Inverness and the airport and up to an hourly service from the airport to Nairn, Forres and Elgin.
If you prefer to travel by train, Inverness Train Station is about a 15-minute taxi ride away from the airport, with bus services also available. The train can take you to many destinations within the Highlands, as well as Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Taxis can also be found outside the terminal building.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Inverness
As the region’s largest city, Inverness the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. From historical architecture to markets and galleries, there’s a lot more to Inverness than rolling hills.
Although Inverness uses the same currency as England, the design of Scottish bank notes differs from Bank of England, and as a result they’re not widely accepted in England. To be on the safe side, we recommend limiting the amount of money you exchange or withdraw, so you don’t have any leftover.
The weather in Inverness is notoriously unpredictable, so pack a good range of clothing, and don’t skimp on the layers. Summers are usually cool and partly cloudy, and the winters are long, cool and windy.
Culture in Inverness
Sitting astride the River Ness and gateway to the Scottish Highlands, most people spend their time in Inverness enjoying the great outdoors. In summer, the city overflows with visitors intent on monster hunting at the nearby Loch Ness, but the city is great all year round. Visit the Old Town to marvel at the 19th century Inverness Cathedral, the mostly 18th century Old High Church and an indoor Victorian Market selling food, clothing and crafts. For local and Highland history, browse the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.
Scotland is renowned for its unique delicacies and dishes, from haggis and black pudding to whisky and shortbread; you can’t leave without sampling some of the local produce. Thanks to its unique location, Scottish Highlands salmon and other seafood will be the freshest you’ve ever tasted.