Green Guide Inverness

Perched on the edge of the infamous Loch Ness lies the capital of the Scottish Highlands. From the Ness Islands in the heart of the city to some of the most stunning wildlife, Inverness has it all.

That's why we've created the LNER Green Guide; a one-stop shop to staying sustainable when you visit Inverness.

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Eco-friendly places to stay in Inverness

If you're looking for a world class Scottish stay, then look no further than Inverness. With such a wide range of hotels, hostels and classic B&B's, you'll have no trouble finding an eco-friendly place to stay.

Inverness places to stay

Acer Glen Bed & Breakfast

BEST FOR: A world-class Scottish stay

ADDRESS: 34 Greig St, Inverness IV3 5PX


Acer Glen holds a Silver Green Tourism award in recognition of its sustainable practices. Its breakfast uses locally sourced ingredients, and
they hold a Taste Our Best award from VisitScotland, so you know that it’s
some of the best food Scotland has to offer.

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Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa

BEST FOR: Families and small groups

ADDRESS: 8 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NG


Overlooking the River Ness, this four-star hotel has a Silver Green Tourism award and is easily accessible from the station and rest of the city.

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Glenuig House Bed & Breakfast

BEST FOR: Staying close to the city centre

ADDRESS: 29 Fairfield Rd, Inverness IV3 5QD


This charming bed and breakfast is based in an elegant Victorian town house. Glenuig House is a short walking distance from the railway station, has easy access to Inverness’ public transport, and can cater for different dietary needs including vegetarians.

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Inverness Youth Hostel

BEST FOR: Travelling on a budget

ADDRESS: Victoria Dr, Inverness IV2 3QB


Inverness Youth Hostel is located close to the station and is walking distance from the city centre. A great choice for travellers on a budget, this hostel is
modern and comfortable with rooms to suit a variety of needs.

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Kingsmills Hotel

BEST FOR: Couples and families

ADDRESS: Culcabock Rd, Inverness IV2 3LP


Kingsmills is located close to the centre of Inverness, with plenty of attractions close at hand. They are committed to being an eco-friendly business and have taken steps towards greater sustainability.

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Ness Walk

BEST FOR: Luxury scenic stay

ADDRESS: 12, Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5SQ


Part of the Kingsmills family of hotels, Ness Walk has a reputation not just for its amazing decor and location on the banks of the River Ness but for some of the best fine dining available at its restaurant, Torrish. Chefs prepare Scottish haute cuisine using the freshest of local produce, some of it grown in their own kitchen garden.

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Conscious places to eat in Inverness

From a romantic dinner to a quick caffeine boost, you'll find a place for any occasion in Inverness. Not only do these locations have fantasic food and drink, but they're all committed to doing their bit for the environment.

Inverness places to eat

The Black Isle Brewing Company Bar

BEST FOR: Organic beer lovers

ADDRESS: 68 Church Street,Inverness IV1 1EN


The Black Isle Brewing Company produces organic local beers which are popular all over the world. Their home brew is produced from a 125-acre estate, which is an organic working farm.

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Cafe Artysans

BEST FOR: Supporting Inverness’ community

ADDRESS: 7 Strothers Lane, Inverness IV1 1LR


Café Artysans is a Calman Trust group member, providing work and life skills to young people and supporting them to an independent adult life. It’s a great cause to support, their menu uses ingredients sourced sustainably from local suppliers, and their food is freshly made by the young people.

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Blend Tea & Coffee Merchants

BEST FOR: Anyone looking for a caffeine boost

ADDRESS: 9 Drummond Street, Inverness IV1 1QD


Serving up tea and coffee in the heart of Inverness, Blend has a menu that caters towards all diets including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

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BEST FOR: Supporting local

ADDRESS: 2-4 Stephens Brae, Inverness IV2 3JN


If you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between, Girvans Restaurant and Patisserie is the place to go.
Their meat, fresh fruit and veg, and bread are all sourced in Inverness, and their homemade patisserie is perfect to finish it all off.

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Highland Food and Drink Trail

BEST FOR: Foodies and groups of friends

ADDRESS: Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NN


Highland Food and Drink Trail Inverness quietly got underway in early
2022 and in a short time has proven hugely popular with locals and visitors alike to sample some of the freshest and tastiest of the Highlands produce
available. Dishes to tempt tastebuds include Orkney crab burgers, venison
hot dogs, smoked pork tacos and pulled jackfruit rolls.

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Rendezvous Cafe

BEST FOR: Film and music lovers

ADDRESS: 14A Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EA


Built on the site of the old Northern Meeting Rooms where the Beatles played on their first-ever tour, Rendezvous Café is a vintage cinema themed café in the heart of Inverness.

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Rocpool Reserve Restaurant

BEST FOR: A romantic night out

ADDRESS: Culduthel Road, Inverness IV2 4AG


This local restaurant prides itself on using only the very best produce from the region.

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Velocity Cafe & Bicycle Workshop

BEST FOR: Vegans, vegetarians, and velocipedists

ADDRESS: 1 Crown Avenue, Inverness IV2 3NF


Only a ten-minute walk or five-minute bike ride from the station, Velocity Café & Bicycle Workshop is the perfect lunch or coffee stop and offers a vegetarian menu using locally sourced and seasonal produce.

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The Victorian Market

BEST FOR: Sweet treats and delectable cakes

ADDRESS: Academy Street, Inverness IV1 1JN


Capitalising on Inverness’s foodie reputation, the town’s covered Victorian Market is undergoing a transformation to become a food hall.
Their food is amazing, but don’t just take our word for it - Nigella Lawson is a fan too.

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Ecological things to do in Inverness

Perched on the edge of the infamous Loch Ness, Inverness is the perfect place for wildlife lovers. Why not take a boat tour to see the local dolphins, otters and seals, or take a walk along the River Ness and the Ness Islands and keep an eye out for any monsters that may have escaped the Loch.

Inverness things to do


BEST FOR: Outdoor enthusiasts and keen cyclists

ADDRESS: The Pavilion, Bellfield Park, Inverness IV2 4SZ

For those who prefer somethingwith more structure, 42 Cycling provides guided highland cycle tours with routes starting and finishing in Inverness.

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An Talla by Loch Ness

BEST FOR: Shoppers and coffee lovers

ADDRESS: Dochgarroch Lock, Dochgarroch, Inverness IV3 8JG

An Talla features shops, cafes and eateries which are perfect for a morning or afternoon in the Highlands. Focussing on locally sourced produce and skills, it provides an authentic local experience for visitors.

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Inverness Bike Hire

BEST FOR: Low-impact travel

Affiliated with VisitScotland, this flexible service allows you to explore Inverness and the surrounding highlands on your own terms.

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Inverness Botanical Garden

BEST FOR: Budding horticulturalists

ADDRESS: Bught Lane, Inverness IV3 5SS

A free attraction open seven days a week, the Inverness Botanic Gardens features tropical plants, a cactus house, fish ponds, and the Highland’s largest collection of succulents.

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Inverness City Walking Tour

BEST FOR: Getting to know Inverness

ADDRESS: Across the city

Discover the history of Inverness, and everything the city has to offer while supporting a local business and sustainable tourism.

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Dolphin Spirit Inverness

BEST FOR: Dolphin spotting

ADDRESS: Stadium Rd, Inverness IV1 1FF

Get to know Inverness’ wildlife with Dolphin Spirit Inverness. Dolphin Spirit is a voluntary member of the Dolphin Space Program, an initiative set up to protect this rare population of dolphins while still allowing people to enjoy seeing them in the wild. They are also accredited with a Bronze Green Tourism award.

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Leakey's Bookshop

BEST FOR: Bookworms and antique hunters

ADDRESS: Greyfriars Hall, Church Street, Inverness IV1 1E

Leakey’s is thought to be the largest bookstore in Scotland, and you can lose yourself for hours in a cosy corner leafing through exquisite collectors’ items to find a memento of your visit to Inverness to take home.

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Nairn Dunbar Golf Club

BEST FOR: A hole in one!

ADDRESS: Lochloy Rd, Nairn IV12 5AE

Recently named Environmental Golf Course of the Year 2021, Nairn Dunbar prides itself on green credentials. They have implemented a rough management plan to return the links roughs to their natural condition, allowing native grasses, wildflowers and heathers to regenerate to a dominant position and leave open and wispy roughs.

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The River Ness and Ness Islands

BEST FOR: Nature lovers, family day out

ADDRESS: Ness Islands, Inverness IV2 4RT

Fed by the famous Loch Ness, this river is perfect for an afternoon walk. Walking away from central Inverness you will come to Ness Islands, a formation of natural Islands within the River Ness and an oasis of natural calm away from the city.

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Doing our bit for the environment

A message from our Managing Director;

Travelling by train is the most eco-friendly mode of motorised transport, particularly our world-class Azuma trains which run under electric power on much of our network. If over the next year each of us substituted just half of our planned leisure car and plane journeys within the UK with train, we’d reduce our carbon emissions by a staggering 331 kgs.

This LNER Green Guide will provide a unique reference to staying sustainably when you visit Inverness, Harrogate or Lincoln, with tips shared from LNER colleagues, locals and tourism organisations. We hope that you enjoy your journey.

Please don’t forget to tag us on Twitter or Instagram @LNER and #GreenGuide so that everyone can see where and what you’ve been enjoying!

David Horne, LNER Managing Director

LNER Environmental Policy

We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business.

Here’s how. 


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