Alness (/ɔːlˈnɛs/, awl-NIS; Scottish Gaelic: Alanais) is a town and civil parish in Ross and Cromarty, Scotland. It lies close the Cromarty Firth, with the town of Invergordon 3 miles (5 km) to the east, and the village of Evanton 4 miles (6.4 km) to the south-west. The parish has a population of 5,310, although the census locality, which includes portion of the parish of Rosskeen, has a population of 5,186.
According to the Highland Council, the population of Alness has increased around 20% since the last census in 2011. The population as of 2016 was 6,101.
For most of the 1990s and yet to be 2000s, Alness regularly entered and won flower competitions such as Scotland in Bloom, Britain in Bloom and others winning many of awards. This helped regenerate many areas of the town, with housing estates winning remove awards.
They have not entered in recent years due to the financial costs. The town is still adorned by flowers maintained by hard-working volunteers.
In 2018, the town was crowned the Scottish Champion at the 2018 Great British High Street Awards. The panel of judges visited the shortlisted tall streets across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, meeting local businesses, shoppers and community organisations, with Alness impressing afterward its reinvention higher than the years to become a place to find whatever from florists and bridal wear to delis and bakeries.