Inverness is the bustling, cosmopolitan and attractive capital city of the Highlands and Scotland's millennium city - making it an ideal base for exploring the rich culture and ruggedly beautiful scenery Scotland has so much of.
Highlights include the beautiful River Ness, Eden Court Theatre and the superb Inverness Aquadome.
Visit the traditional Highland village of Beauly, charming Drumnadrochit on the shores of Loch Ness, picturesque Fort Augustus in the centre of the Great Glen, and, of course, the classic Victorian seaside resort of Nairn which is world-renowned for its fine golf courses, lovely beaches and impressive hotels.
Magnificently sited, overlooking Loch Ness. Urquhart is one of the largest castles in Scotland, with a long and colourful history, built in the 1230s, seized by the English in 1296, sacked by the MacDonald Lord of the Isles in 1545 and left to fall into decay after 1689. Most of the existing buildings date from the 14th century and include the Grant Tower (16th century) the best-preserved part of the complex.
Situated in the River Ness in the centre of Inverness, the Ness Islands provide a beautiful haven from the bustle of the city centre. A series of Victorian style suspension bridges link the islands together and to the banks of the river. A network of pleasant paths weave through the mature woodland which supports a variety of birds and other wildlife such as squirrels and the occasional otter. Can be incorporated into an enjoyable circular walk from the city centre along the riverbanks.
Loch Ness is world famous for the Loch Ness monster, known as 'Nessie'. There's dramatic scenery and many attractions ó Cruises, tours, Urquhart Castle, 2 monster exhibitions, Fort Augustus, walks, cycle routes and natural features such as the Falls of Foyers to name a few.
There has been a castle in Inverness for many centuries, the early castles being structures of wood and earth. The present sandstone building serves as the Sheriff Court House and dates from 1834. Today all that remains of the previous castles are the well, which was discovered and restored after a landslide in 1909 and a stairway leading to Castle Street. Visitors can access the castle grounds for extensive views of the city, river and beyond. The Great Glen Way start/finish point is also in the castle grounds. During summer months visitors can sign up as a mid-18th century soldier with the Castle Garrison Encounter.
Culloden Moor Visitors Centre
The evocative 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. Turf and stone dykes that played a crucial part in the battle have been reconstructed on their original site, and a small flock of Hebridean sheep is grazing here as they did in 1746, as part of the Trustís long-term project to remove scrub and so restore the field to its state at the time of the battle.
Relive the drama of Culloden at Living History presentations (summer only) in the original Leanach Cottage, which survived the battle being fought around it, and has been restored. Also in the Trustís care are the Graves of the Clans, the Well of the Dead, the Memorial Cairn, the Cumberland Stone and the Field of the English. The Visitor Centre houses a permanent Jacobite exhibition, including an 18th-century sampler commemorating the battle and a historical display.
Inverness Cathedral sits on the banks of the River Ness. It was built between 1866 and 1869. The foundation stone was laid by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Charles Longley on the the 17th of October 1866. It was the first new cathedral to be built after the Reformation. Built to the Gothic style, it was designed by Alexander Ross and the original plans incorporated spires. The baptismal font is modeled on the world famous Thorwalden in Copenhagen and the Tsar of Russia presented five gold ikons. Bishop Eden (Bishop of Moray and Ross) consecrated the cathedral in 1874 after outstanding debts on the building were settled.
Visitors welcome. Tea room between May and September...