18 June 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Inverness

Offices to rent in Inverness

Situated at the mouth of the River Ness and the edge of Moray Firth, Inverness is a vibrant and cosmopolitan Scottish city. Regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands, the city is steeped in history. It is well known for its role in the 18th century Battle of Culloden, which featured the final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising.

Today, Inverness is regarded as one of the UK's fastest-growing cities with a thriving economy supported by traditional industries including farming, forestry, and whisky distilling, as well as fisheries and maritime industries. In recent years many new sectors such as energy, professional services, hospitality, life sciences, technology, advanced engineering and creative industries have bolstered the economy.

Not only is Inverness an important centre for trade and commerce, it's also a vital transport hub for the whole Highlands & Islands region. The area boasts a highly skilled and educated workforce, contributing to the city's rapid economic growth in recent years. The area recently saw an 86% growth in economic productivity, the highest rate in Scotland and the second highest in the UK. This growth has attracted many new and world-renowned multinational companies to the area, such as LifeScan, CapGemini and Rolls Royce. Inverness is also home to many small and medium-sized enterprises, with around 21,000 businesses based in the region.

Surrounded by majestic mountains, world-famous coastlines, a national park, and around 100 idyllic islands, Inverness combines the very best of city living with the great outdoors. This, combined with a thriving cultural and arts scene, makes it easy to see why people choose to make Inverness their home and why the city regularly ranks first in quality of life surveys.

The city also has fantastic public and private schooling. It is home to the University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI), one of the UK's leading universities with over 40,000 students.

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There are exciting business areas being developed in Inverness

There are several developments currently underway in Inverness, which are bringing new opportunities to the region. There's the £100m Inverness Campus, the Inverness Airport Business Park, and the City Deal with the Scottish and UK Governments, which sets out ambitions to unlock £1 billion of investment in skills and infrastructure for the city and wider region.

Inverness Campus, which first opened in 2015, is a world-class business location with fantastic facilities. Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the 215-acre site is home to many businesses in the life sciences, healthcare and technology sectors.

The Port of Inverness is also an important economic hub providing a gateway for companies in the north to export and import and forming an integral part of the city's growth and expansion.

Transport links throughout Inverness are excellent

Inverness is a globally connected region with comprehensive road, rail and air links to many destinations in the UK and abroad. Ferry services also ensure easy access to more rural areas and many of the island communities. 

Air services connect Inverness to many of the UK's biggest cities

Inverness Airport is located 13 kilometres northeast of the city. It has flights to many airports around the UK, including London, Manchester, Belfast and the islands to the north and west of Scotland. There are also flights to several European destinations, including Amsterdam, Zurich, Dusseldorf and Bergen.

There's a direct train from London to Inverness

Inverness train station is situated in the heart of the city and can be reached from most major cities in the UK. An overnight train known as the Caledonian Sleeper is a popular way of travelling to and from London and operates six evenings per week.

Major roads connect Inverness to the rest of Scotland and the UK

The A9 is the main access road to Inverness from both the north and south. There's also the A82, which is an alternative and more scenic route from the south via Loch Ness. The A96 links Inverness to Aberdeen, and the A887 is the main route to Inverness from the west coast and the Isle of Skye.

A comprehensive bus service network operates across the area

National bus companies including Megabus, Citylink, National Express and Stagecoach will take you from major UK cities to Farraline Park Bus Station in the centre of Inverness.

Most of the city can be explored by bike or on foot

Many of the city's top attractions are located within walking distance of the train station. Together with the Caledonian Canal, the banks of the River Ness and its islands offer a superb urban circuit. There are also many trails and paths in the surrounding countryside that offer excellent views and ancient sites to marvel at.

Offices to rent in Inverness

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There are first-rate business amenities in Inverness

Inverness has many popular hotels

There are dozens of hotels in Inverness that cater to almost any need. If you're looking for an authentic but affordable Scottish experience, you can choose to stay at The Quiach B&B. This charming Victorian terraced house is just a five-minute walk from the city centre and offers guests a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Other affordable options include Avalon Guesthouse and the Premier Inn (River Ness) Hotel.

For something a little more upmarket, book a night at the Rocpool Reserve Hotel. This beautifully renovated Georgian mansion house has stunning views over the River Ness and offers travellers an array of fantastic amenities. There's also Strathness House, which is ideal for business travellers and tourists interested in experiencing the local culture and rich heritage that makes Inverness unique.

If you really want to indulge, you can spend an evening or two at the Culloden House Hotel, which stands as a symbol of both Scotland's past and present, and allows guests to experience the very best highland hospitality has to offer.

Inverness has a wealth of different options for foodies

Inverness is home to a wide variety of high-quality eateries, which all serve up top-notch fare produced from some of the region's freshest and highest quality local produce. From haggis to seafood, pub grub and fine dining, you'll find something to surprise and delight every taste bud and suit almost any preference.

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast or delicious toastie at the Grumpy Chef. For a healthy lunch option or a bite to eat between meetings, why not pay a visit to the Velocity Café, an eclectic little eatery that also doubles as a bicycle workshop and serves up an array of wholesome vegetarian dishes.

For dinner, you can head on over to the Rocpool restaurant on the west bank of the River Ness, where you can enjoy exquisite views, crowd-pleasing modern European dishes and a relaxed atmosphere. Other great dining options include The Mustard Seed, which offers simple, well-prepared cuisine and friendly service. The River House Restaurant is run by the Cornishman Alfie Little, who uses his close ties to local fishermen and farmers in the area to source the finest, high-quality food and wine for the menu.

Inverness doesn't only serve up traditional European and Scottish fare; it also boasts a range of other top eateries worldwide. Aspendos, located in the heart of the city centre, offers a wide range of Mediterranean and Turkish delights.

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There’s lots to see and do in Inverness

Inverness is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, so if you're looking for outdoor activities to help maintain a healthy work/life balance, you won't be short of things to keep you occupied. Opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts are almost limitless, with golf, mountain biking, skiing, climbing, walking, canoeing and fishing available all year round. 

Inverness is also home to Eastgate Shopping Centre, the biggest indoor shopping venue for 100 miles, with over 60 retail outlets and dozens of restaurants. There's also Inverness Shopping Park, the High Street, and the Victorian Market, where shoppers can take their pick from a variety of independent shops, cafés, merchants, and food stalls.

History lovers can pay a visit to the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, where they can see the fascinating range of artefacts and collections that celebrate Highland life and heritage. They can also visit Culloden and uncover one of Scotland's most tumultuous periods of history; the Jacobite uprisings. If you enjoy the theatre, you must visit the award-winning Eden Court Theatre, where you will find an extensive entertainment programme.

And for those who enjoy exercising and keeping fit, there's no shortage of gyms and fitness facilities in Inverness, including an Everlasting Fitness Club, Forge Gym and a Curves all within easy access of the town's city centre.

Offices to rent in Inverness

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Key agents in Inverness

  • Colliers International
  • Savills
  • J&E Sheperd
  • Grant Stewart Chartered Surveyors
  • Galbraith

Notable tenants based in Inverness

  • CapGemini
  • Rolls Royce
  • BT
  • Atos
  • Norbord

Interesting facts about Inverness

  • The very first British Cabinet meeting held outside of London took place in Inverness.
  • The first Inverness Castle was built out of wood and was burnt down by King Robert I, also known as Robert the Bruce.
  • In Shakespeare's play, Inverness Castle was the site where Macbeth murdered King Duncan. It features a few times in the play, and it is also where Macbeth's descent into madness started.
  • Back in 1668, a local man called Finlay Dhu caused a round cheese called a Kebbock to roll from the castle hill into the River Ness below and refused to pay for it. This resulted in an almighty battle that engulfed the whole town.