Inverness Airport essential travel guide
Postcode for GPS: IV2 7JB

Inverness Airport is located in the village of Dalcross, eight miles north-east of Inverness, the city widely regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands.

The airport is the primary gateway to this region for air travellers and currently handles more than 580,000 passengers a year.

How to get there

Car
Inverness Airport is about 15 minutes' drive from the city centre and can be reached via the A96. Car parking is free for the first 20 minutes for people dropping off passengers. Drivers will find the short-stay parking area directly in front of the terminal and long-stay parking five minutes' walk from the building.
 
Bus
Travellers who would rather use public transport can catch buses that operate every half hour from Inverness city centre to the airport and hourly to Nairn, Forres and Elgin.
 
Coach
Stagecoach also provides the Jet Bus link directly to the airport.
 
Train
Inverness has a railway station about 15 minutes' taxi ride away, from where travellers can catch trains to major cities such as Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
 
Taxi
Taxis operate from outside the terminal building and can also be pre-booked.

The airport

In 2002, Inverness became the first airport to receive Hospitality Assured accreditation from the Hotel and Catering International Management Association. The base claims that its intention is to "put people at the heart of our business and to provide friendly and professional service in a calm and safe environment".
 
There are several dining venues where passengers can sit down and relax before boarding their flight, such a D'Lish, a restaurant and bar serving sandwiches, homemade cakes, wines, beers and spirits.
 
A similar service is provided at the Segafredo Cafe on the terminal building's main concourse.
 
One location that shoppers will not want to miss is The Jail, a new retail outlet selling a diverse selection of products, from men's, women's and children's clothing to jewellery, ceramics, handbags and toiletries.

Other facilities

People of various religious faiths can make the most of the help and support provided at Inverness Airport's multi-denominational chapel, which offers both practical and spiritual guidance.
 
The base's departure lounge provides a number of amenities to help travellers pass the time before boarding their flight, including pay-as-you-go internet terminals on the main concourse and Wi-Fi access.
 
In the Highland Lounge, operated by Servisair, guests can enjoy comfortable leather seating, free newspapers, freshly brewed tea and coffee, a complimentary bar and useful provisions including laptop power points and a wireless internet network.

Direct Flights travel tip

Whisky aficionados might be interested in paying a visit to The Fly Nip, a new and exclusive outlet found in Inverness Airport's departure lounge.
 
This store sells varieties of Scotland's national drink that can be considered among the best in the world, the airport claims.

Hotels nearby

Properties within easy reach of Inverness Airport include the Culloden House Hotel, a four-star Georgian country house four miles from the city centre and three miles from the base. This establishment is known for its restaurants and its extensive collection of wines and malt whiskies.
 
A more affordable option is the three-star Thistle Inverness on Millburn Road, which is less than a mile from the heart of the city and about 15 minutes' drive away from the airport.
 
Other properties in the area for travellers to consider include the two-star Smithton Hotel and the three-star Premier Inn Inverness East.