Inverness, Scotland As well as being a wonderful holiday destination the Highlands of Scotland are home to a quarter of a million people living in communities spread throughout the area
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As well as being a wonderful holiday destination
the Highlands of Scotland are home to a quarter
of a million people living in communities spread
throughout the area. From the vibrant city of In-
verness to remote crofting communities and
sparsely populated islands.
Though it is the capital of the Highlands, the first
impression of Inverness is that of a modern town
with few signs of antiquity - because, in ancient
days, as a meeting point of Highland and Low-
land, it was a place of conflict. Clan Donald is said to have burned the town at least seven times,
while Bonnie Prince Charlie's forces destroyed the fort here in 1745.
One of the many joys of Inverness is the rich variety
of places to visit and things to do both in and around
the city. The city boasts a host of historic buildings,
notably in the Old Town, which you can appreciate
while you browse city shops from the Victorian Mar-
ket to the new award-winning Eastgate centre.
Take a stroll to Inverness Castle, currently used as a
courthouse, and St Andrew's Cathedral, which domi-
nate the River Ness and one of the most beautiful
riverside settings in Britain. Enjoy the fine circular
walk from the castle along the river and through the
Ness Islands where you can watch anglers casting
long lines to leaping Atlantic salmon. You can even
buy a daily ticket and try it for yourself.
Above the city lies Craig Phadrig, once the stronghold of Pictish Kings, which offers interesting forest
walks and magnificent views of the Moray Firth, home to a diverse range of wildlife including bottle-
nose dolphins which can even be seen from the city.
Take in one of many events and festivals, explore the art, history and heritage of the Highlands
at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery or relax in the tropical gardens at Inverness Floral Hall - or why
not take an open-topped bus ride round the city or a Cruise down theCaledonian Canal to world fa-
mous Loch Ness. Also alongside the canal is the fascinating and unusual Titanic Inverness Maritime
If that’s not enough there’s plenty more to see and do around Inverness.
To the south west, and just 15 minutes from the city centre
lies Loch Ness, where it's compulsory to keep an eye out for
our most famous resident – Nessie – but of course there’s
much more to see and do than monster spotting., including
To the south east lie the Cairngorms – Britain’s largest Na-
tional Park, famous for it’s wildlife and range of activities as
well as numerous attractions for the less active.
mous for its golf is within easy reach. On route, take in Fort
George, Culloden Battlefield, romantic and historic Cawdor
Castle or immerse yourself in the past at the Bronze
age Clava Cairns. Close to Fort George is the Highland Avia-
tion Museum - a must for any enthusiast!
Lying to the north across the Moray Firth is the Black Isle –
not really an island but a peninsula jutting into the firth. It’s
a great place for spotting the Moray Firth dolphins and just a
mile north of Inverness at North Kessock the WDCS dolphin
To the west Beauly, with its
historic Priory and specialist
shops, isn't far away and is the
gateway to Strathglass and the
glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich
and Affric, the latter described
by many as the most beautiful
glen in Scotland.
Minutes from Inverness, the National Trust for Scotland's visitor centre at Culloden vividly tells the
story of the defeat of the Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie and the government troops
(including many Scottish soldiers) under the Duke of Cumberland in 1746.
The impressive Clava Cairns date from around 3000BC and make another interesting excursion from
with plenty to see and do all around by way of sport and leisure activities.
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