United Kingdom : Safety by City
- Northern Ireland
Inverness is a city situated right at the heart of the Scottish Highlands and it represents Scotland’s principal center for administration and commerce.
It’s surrounded by easily accessible countryside and if you are interested in sailing, climbing, hillwalking, whale-watching or anything of that kind it is impossible to beat in the UK.
It has a very strong music and dance scene, larger than any city of equivalent size in the UK.
For this and all other reasons, it is expensive for housing and accommodation, similar to Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and it’s flooded with tourists during summer.
Warnings & Dangers in Inverness
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Inverness is overall, very safe and you will probably encounter no problems when traveling there. Still, do not let your guard down and be vigilant at all times.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transportation is very safe and reliable in Inverness, but be careful since most bus services cease or become less frequent at about 7 pm.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
Since Inverness is a popular tourist destination, it is expected that pickpockets operate in prominent and touristy spots. Still, it's not a common form of crime.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There are almost no threats of natural disasters in Inverness, apart from common raining and cloudy weather.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Although there are areas that should be avoided at night, Inverness is relatively safe when it comes to mugging or kidnapping, though precaution is still advised.
TERRORISM RISK : HIGH
The United Kingdom has recently been targeted by terrorist attacks and it is now publicly announced that the threat to the UK is severe.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
There is no risk of getting scammed in Inverness, but still be careful when receiving change, check it twice, negotiate everything in advance and be wary of people offering you unwanted help, directions, etc.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Even though Inverness is pretty safe for women traveling solo, sexually motivated assaults are on the rise in Dublin and it is advised that unaccompanied women take extra precaution measures, especially after dark.
So... How Safe Is Inverness Really?
Overall, Inverness is a safe city and you will probably have no problems while being here when it comes to safety.
The most common nuisance here are the drunk people that you’ll probably encounter on a Friday or a Saturday night, but they’re mostly annoying and nothing else.
Another nuisance for tourists is the risk of pickpockets, so you should be very careful when visiting important city landmarks and tourist areas, or crowded places such as airports, train or bus stations, and public transportation.
Do not leave your valuables in plain sight or at a visible place in a locked car, and always lock the car when exiting the vehicle.
Pickpockets, as well as beggars often work in teams.
Violent crime is rare and there is a very low probability that, as a tourist, you will experience anything more than petty crime.
Another thing to watch out for is crossing the roads since every year tourists suffer from traffic accidents because the British people drive on the left side of the road which is highly confusing for people from around the world
These are some of the risks tourists might encounter, but apart from petty crime and drunk people, there are no reasons to be worried – just use your common sense and things will go smoothly.
- Visas - Member countries of the EU do not need visas to enter the United Kingdom, as well as some other countries, but there is a considerable number of countries that do. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the United Kingdom.
- Currency - The British pound is the currency in Inverness. Keep in mind that this is one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the prices of accommodation in most cities in the country are skyrocketing. You should bear in mind that you will need about 100£ per day, including accommodation.
- Weather - The weather in Inverness is mild with cool summers, and heavy rainfalls during the year. The best time to visit is during summer, from June to August.
- Airports - Inverness Airport is the busiest airport in Inverness. It is located at Dalcross, 15 km east of the city, just off the main A96 trunk road. It connects to Edinburgh, London, and many other places.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Inverness, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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