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Living And Working In Inverness

The city of Inverness, which gained its city status in 2000, is situated in the Scottish Highlands of which it is often considered the capital. It is the largest city - and the most northern city - in the Highlands and is on the north east coast.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
February 29, 2024

The city of Inverness, which gained its city status in 2000, is situated in the Scottish Highlands of which it is often considered the capital. It is the largest city - and the most northern city - in the Highlands and is on the north east coast.

Inverness has its own international airport which sees around a million passengers each year and this is at Dalcross which is around seven miles from the city of Inverness. A typical flight to London will take an average of an hour and a half. To travel the approximate five hundred and sixty miles by car will take a little over ten hours which is similar in time if travelling by train.

Inverness overlooks the Moray Firth which is an inlet of the North Sea. The weather in Winter can be rather cold and wet and if you want snow, then definitely head to the hills where the views are breathtaking.!

Inverness is a rapidly growing city and is widely admired for the high quality of life that it offers. In polls it is often described as the happiest place in Scotland so it is little wonder that increasing numbers of people are choosing to live and work here. Although very popular with tourists and visitors, the landscape remains relatively unspoilt. It is described as one of the wildest and most scenic parts of Europe.

Inverness has a very long and colourful history with many gruelling battles being fought over the centuries.Myths and legends of times gone by seem to have become entwined into the majestic and timeless landscape. The city which once had its economic background in ship building, rope making, salt production and the famous whisky distilleries still holds an alluring charm.

In modern times, Inverness has witnessed fast economic growth and is now considered to be among the top five cities within the UK for its wonderful quality of life, both for living and working. Inverness offers many opportunities in varying sectors which include advanced engineering, design and manufacturing, health, food and drink, infrastructure, life sciences and technology. Employment rates are low and the area boasts a robust workforce which consists of some highly talented and enterprising people with several large and successful multinational companies having their home here. It is therefore, the ideal place in which to invest.

Plans are already in place to bring thousands more jobs and investments over the next twenty five years with great opportunities for many business sectors within the area.

The University UHI has campuses in Inverness and throughout the Highlands and Islands with many of the excellent courses working in harmony with the distinct and unique surroundings. The strong and highly respected university itself boasts that almost ‘three quarters of submitted research to REF was rated as world leading or internationally excellent’. Schooling is generally considered good and families tend to thrive within this wonderful city. Residents feel safe and secure in their surroundings with lower crime rates than many other similar sized places in Scotland.

Tourism flourishes here with over a million visitors each year drawn to the city’s rich tapestry of culture and history as well as the close proximity to the many natural attractions. Inverness offers a rich variety of things to see and do. The cosmopolitan city itself is bursting with life with shops, galleries and places of interest aplenty whilst literally on your doorstep there are some of the most stunning attractions which are ideal for nature enthusiasts. Loch Ness where you may be lucky enough as to spot the legendary ‘monster’ with the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Urquhart Castle nearby, the breathtaking Cairngorms, Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in Scotland and the alluring Isle of Skye with its enchantment of cascading Fairy Pools.

Inverness has a strong sense of community and its welcoming locals make newcomers feel immediately at home. The city offers exceptional career opportunities combined with a wonderful quality of life that is hard to find elsewhere.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on March 8th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is the Leonardo Hotel IV2 3TR, a stylish and spacious 4 star hotel which is ideally placed for visiting all that Inverness has to offer.

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