Serving Europe’s largest shopping catchment area, when it comes to Inverness shops, there’s everything you’d expect, including historic arcades, out-of-town retail parks and the sprawling Eastgate Shopping Centre.
Shopping in Inverness
Our video guide to Inverness shopping
The largest shopping centre for over 100 miles, it’s fair to say that the Eastgate Shopping Centre dominates the retail scene in Inverness. Over the River Ness from our Inverness Centre (River Ness) hotel and in the heart of the city, the centre is home to over 60 stores, including a flagship Debenhams and a large Marks & Spencer outlet.
Spread over 350,000 square feet, Eastgate is packed full of fashion and designer stores, such as Kurt Geiger, Dior and Boss, as well as high street classics including H&M, Topshop and Ted Baker. Open from 9am-5.50pm Monday to Saturday, with late-night shopping until 7pm on Thursdays, the centre has its own car park with 1,350 spaces, which is open from 6am-midnight daily. It’s also a great place to grab a bite to eat or a coffee on the go, with 11 food and drink outlets including Pizza Express, KFC, Costa and Starbucks.
A short walk away down Academy Street is the Victorian Market. Rebuilt in 1890 after a fire, the Victorian shopping market is full of classic design touches, including a cast iron and domed room and imposing archways. The centre itself is home to 41 shops and stalls selling everything from oriental food to vintage clothing, as well as housing two cafés.
A short drive from our Inverness East hotel, the Inverness Retail Park is a large out-of-town shopping experience, which is home to 20 stores and cafés. Big-name brands include Argos, Boots and Next, with food and drink options spanning the likes of Frankie & Benny’s, Nando’s and Pizza Hut. The shopping park is also home to an eight-screen Vue cinema complex, screening all the latest blockbuster action. Located to the east of the city centre, the park has over 1,000 free parking spaces and is open seven days a week and until 8pm on weekdays.
If you’re looking for some traditional tartan, a bottle of whisky to take home or some Scottish trinkets, head to the Holm Mills Shopping Village to the south of the city centre. Opposite the Botanic Gardens, the centre is the perfect place to pick up uniquely Scottish goods, including jewellery, tweeds, whisky, Pringle sweaters and homewares, with a large range of tourist-friendly gifts on sale.