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A snapshot into... Inverness!

  • November 17, 2021

Inverness is the spectacular Capital of the Scottish Highlands and sits on Scotland’s northeast coast, where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. Its scenic landscape and rich history make it popular among international holiday makers. For those lucky enough to have settled here all year round, the ever-changing seasons make for a picturesque home from winter through to the summer!

Raigmore Hospital, in Inverness, is NHS Highland’s only acute district hospital serving the population of the Highlands and has been based on the site since 1941. Raigmore Hospital consists of 8 floors, these floors house Teaching Facilities, a Theatre Suite of 9 Operating Theatres, a 7 bed Intensive Care Unit (with capacity to flex up to 8 beds), a 4 bed Coronary Care Unit, a Maternity Unit, Chest Unit and a Renal Unit; all of which are serviced by comprehensive support services.

Raigmore Hospital also has a main outpatient department along with a number of specialty specific outpatient departments including the Highland Breast Centre, Macmillan Suite, Eye clinic and Ear, Nose and Throat clinic.  There are a range of diagnostic clinic areas providing a range of radiological examinations including plain film x-ray, MRI and CT.  There are also a number of Allied Health Professional Clinics running across the Raigmore site.

Facts about Inverness

  • You may have heard about the Highlands infamous loch ness monster! The mythical monster has been the centre of Scottish tails for centuries and isn’t too far from inverness.
  • Inverness is the most northerly city in Britain.
  • Inverness became a city in the year 2000 and has a population of 476,870.
  • Inverness has been named the happiest place in Scotland and the second happiest in the UK, according to a survey by a property website.


Cost of Living in Inverness

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month in Inverness

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for one person


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time It Takes to Travel from Inverness to Cities in the UK

The best way to travel to UK cities such as London, Manchester and Birmingham from Inverness is by plane -this will take around an hour.

Nearby cities such as the below can be easily accessed via train:


Time it Takes to Travel


5 Hours 21 Minutes


3 Hours 34 Minutes

Education in Inverness

According to the government website, Inverness has 29 Secondary schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the website.

The University of the Highlands and Islands is located in Inverness. The university is the only university based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. They offer a choice of studying at one of their colleges or research centres, over 70 local learning centres, or online from wherever you are.

Things to do in Inverness:

The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness

Take a vacation from the city with a full-day tour to the Isle of Skye, which includes simple round-trip transportation from central Inverness. In addition to navigation, your guide will provide commentary on the area's notable attractions, such as Eilean Donan Castle, Portree, and the Old Man of Storr. Take your camera: This tour provides a never-ending panoramic picture of Scotland's natural scenery.

Inverness Bike Tour

This trip is incredibly scenic, covering sections of Inverness that are not accessible by foot, public transportation, or car. The Waterways Tour travels along the River Ness and the Caledonian Canal, making many stops to educate passengers about the area. A local guide who has lived in Inverness their entire life will share local history and happenings with you.

Inverness Mystery Treasure Trail

If you are looking for something to do as a family the Inverness Mystery Treasure Trail combines sight seeing with solving a mystery case; perfect for keeping young children happy whilst exploring the beautiful landscape!

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

The museum has a variety of artefacts and activities for you to enjoy! Begin by following the museum's history to learn about the formation of the highlands, while enjoying the exquisite artefacts carved and left behind by indigenous tribes. Discover your inner Scotsman by dressing up in an 18th-century highland kilt or by learning a few Gaelic words to wow your friends.

Relocating to Inverness

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Inverness, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

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Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.


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