Inverness, Capital of the Highlands
Inverness is located 160 miles north of Edinburgh
(the capital of Scotland) and 105 miles west of Aberdeen. Set on the
shores of the Moray Firth and famous for its colony of Bottle Nosed Dolphins, (book the 'Dolphin Spirit' boat trip online) this area enjoys some
outstanding and breath-taking scenery.
The city straddles the
banks of the River Ness which offers the many tourists who visit this
area, some very enjoyable walks over Edwardian footbridges and through
the wooded Ness Islands.
On the western side of
Inverness is The Caledonian Canal which joins Loch Ness, Oich and
Lochy, connecting to the north sea via the Moray Firth and the Atlantic
at Corpach, near Fort William.
Ness stretches some 23 miles and boasts the greatest body of
freshwater in Europe, it's also the reputed home of the Loch
Ness monster. Visit the Monster Exhibition at
Drumnadrochit or enjoy a Cruise along The Caledonian Canal
or the mysterious and beautiful Loch Ness.
Inverness Castle webcam, still one of the dominant features of the
town, has been the target of countless attacks over the centuries,
although today it houses the Sheriff Courthouse. The castle itself is
not open to the public but there is a small exhibition in the drum
tower which is open during the summer. The towns museum & art gallery holds some interesting
relics as well as many photos of old Inverness.
There are numerous
shops selling local crafts, gifts, Tartans,
and knitwear. A wide selection of restaurants that serve both local and
international cuisine Restaurants (downloadable guide
in pdf format), also nightclubs and bars that cater for all tastes. Eden
Court Theatre and Whatsonhighlands a what's on
guide for the
city covering every aspect of entertainment. Inverness
Festivals the official website for Inverness Festivals.
The Inverness Botanic Gardens, glass house, gardens
shop offers a
tranquil break amidst beautiful floral displays. It was opened in 1993
by Prince Edward and has been inspiring local gardeners and visitors
from all over the world ever since.
Sports enthusiasts are
well catered for with no less than 3 golf courses within Inverness,
namely, Inverness GC , Torvean GC and Fairways
(with driving range). Many more can be found in the surrounding area.
There is a
purpose-built Aquadome and Sports Centre with
competition pool, leisure waters with flume rides, bubbling geysers and
wave lagoon, outdoor thistle shaped pool, health suite, sports hall,
running track and cafe bar. A boating park, miniature railway and
children's play area, ice rink and tennis/squash courts.
Also worth a visit is
Rollerbowl with 24 ten pin bowling lanes in state of the art luxurious
surroundings, pool tables, video games bar and restaurant. There is
also superb Fishing for salmon and wild brown
trout, found in rivers and lochs throughout the area.
Highland Games are held in Scotland from the end
of May to the middle of September every year, attracting crowds from
several hundred to over ten thousand at some of the larger Games.
held are Heavyweight events, Highland Dancing, Solo Piping, Pipe Bands,
Tug of War, Wrestling and Light Field events. In addition most Highland
Games have keenly contested Athletic and Cycling events, many which
operate a handicap system. There are usually events held for Adults and
EXPLORE THE BEST OF
Culloden Moor, scene of the last
major battle fought on mainland Britain. The final Jacobite uprising
ended here on 16 April, 1746, when the army of Prince Charles Edward
Stuart was crushed by the Government forces, led by the Duke of
Cumberland. See an audio-visual and historical interpretation of the
scene. Following the bloody battle the victorious Duke of Cumberland
requested that a new fort be built at Inverness, on the site of the
old. For various reasons the fort was built, not at Inverness but on a
flat promontory projecting into the Moray Firth, some nine miles to the
east of the town at Ardersier, visit Fort George
Also worth a visit is Hugh Miller's Cottage who became
a stonemason, eminent geologist, editor and writer and not forgetting Urquhart Castle, one of the largest in Scotland
or Cawdor Castle which was built in
the 14th century by the Calder family.
Black Isle Wildlife & Country Park
mins drive from Inverness). 'Make friends with
the animals'. Feed the ducks, geese and swans
in the many ponds. Make contact with the friendly goats and stroke the
cuddly rabbits. See the pot-bellied pigs, rare sheep and cattle. A cafe
and gift shop are available or you can enjoy a picnic in the
play area set aside for children.