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Rocpool Reserve

Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Offering discreet boutique luxury and wonderful dining, Rocpool Reserve is Inverness' finest hotel. Family-friendly and boasting flawless service, Rocpool Reserve is a fabulous base for exploring the rivers, lochs and mountains of the Scottish Highlands.

At a Glance

  • Inverness' only five-star hotel option

  • Exquisite dining at Albert Roux-run restaurant

  • Great location for exploring Inverness or heading out to the Speyside whisky distilleries and Loch Ness

  • Good option for families as well as couples

  • Discover the region's rich history at Culloden Battlefield or Bronze-Age Clava Cairns

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Insider's View

While there's always an outside chance of spotting Nessie, increase your chances of spotting denizens of the deep with a dolphin safari on the nearby Moray Firth.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Rocpool Reserve or take a look at our itineraries to Highlands Islands of Scotland


Situated in the heart of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, Rocpool Reserve is a discreet and exclusive boutique hideaway – the city’s only five-star option – attached to a stunning brasserie-style restaurant run by three-star Michelin chef Albert Roux. Housed within a renovated Georgian mansion and boasting stunning views over the River Ness, Rocpool Reserve is just a few minutes’ walk from Inverness Castle and the city center.

The eleven individually designed rooms at Rocpool Reserve are divided into four categories (hip, chic, decadent or extra decadent), all equipped with the latest technology and boasting an elegant contemporary style complete with spa-style bathrooms full of Thierry Mugler toiletries, fluffy towels and robes, rainforest showers and luxurious deep bath tubs.

Rocpool’s ‘Scottish with a French twist’ Chez Roux restaurant is headed up by Albert Roux, and the team’s passion about provenance, working with hand-picked local food suppliers and producers of the finest fresh, sustainable ingredients, really shines through. Before or afterwards you can relax at the sophisticated split-level 'R Bar'. Families are very welcome at Rocpool Reserve, and children’s dinner menus, along with board games, DVDs and X-Boxes are all available.

A stay at Rocpool puts you right at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, and there is an abundance of activities to entertain and inspire all ages. Not far from Inverness are atmospheric Culloden Battlefield, site of Britain’s last pitched battle in 1746, when the Jacobites under Bonnie Prince Charlie were defeated, and the mysterious Bronze Age standing stones of Clava Cairns. The nearby Spey Valley offers some of the finest fly-fishing and whisky distilleries in the world, while Cairngorms National Park offers superlative walking among some of Scotland’s highest peaks. And no trip to Inverness would be complete without putting out onto Loch Ness on a cruise to look for the Loch Ness Monster.


All four room types available at Rocpool Reserve have emperor-size (super king) beds with Egyptian cotton bed linen, deep baths, WiFi and flat screen 30" TVs. Rooms are categorised originally as either Hip, Chic, Decadent or Extra Decadent and vary in their facilities and decor, some featuring iPod docks, double showers, outdoor hot tubs, private balconies and split level rooms.


Younger guests are welcome at Rocpool Reserve and there is plenty to keep them amused including board games, DVDs, Xbox, Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, boat trips, Aqua dome swimming center, ice skating, golf lessons, theatre shows, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, go-karting and archery. There is also a children's dinner menu available along with extra beds, cots and high chairs.


At Rocpool Reserve, the Chez Roux restaurant offers great country-style cuisine using Scottish ingredients. The namesake of chef Albert Henri Roux OBE, the restaurant adds a French twist to dishes and is accompanied by an extensive wine list. The R Bar is a split level space with contemporary decor offering s stylish location for cocktails, and also has serves food from The R Bar menu (12pm to 10pm) and from 12pm to 6pm the RouXpress menu is available.


There are many day trips that are possible from Rocpool Reserve; guests can visit Fort William, the Isle of Skye, Orkney, Loch Ness, the Cairngorms National Park, Aberdeen and Perth. There is a cinema and theatre a short walk from the hotel, numerous golf clubs nearby, horse-riding centers, museum, boat cruises, distilleries and many castles.

Location & Directions

Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Situated in the heart of Inverness overlooking the River Ness, Rocpool Reserve is just a few minutes’ walk from Inverness Castle and the city center.

When to go

It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Rocpool Reserve or take a look at our itineraries to Highlands Islands of Scotland

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