Mini guide to Inverness
Inverness is one of Scotland's most important cities. It is located where the
Caledonian Canal connects the North Sea with Loch Ness, famous for constant rumours
of a monster lurking in its depths. Since vast tracts of Scotland are uninhabited,
Inverness is an inevitable stopover for people touring the country.
Although Inverness is a small city, it functions as an urban hub for the surrounding
area and caters well to tourists, with friendly bed-and-breakfasts and typical
Scottish hospitality. There is a pedestrian mall worth exploring along with
several souvenir shops. The pubs and restaurants here are full of character.
There is plenty to see and do in Inverness. You can browse art galleries, enjoy
theatres with Scottish shows, or even visit a kiltmaker or the Aquadome. For
art, check out Art.tm, which is on the banks of the River Ness; the Riverside
Gallery on Bank Street; and Castle Gallery on Castle Street.
If you'd like to see a typical Highland 'ceilidh' (pronounced 'cay-leigh')
with bagpipes and Scottish dancing, head for the Spectrum Centre Theatre. To
buy some typical tartan and tweed, or even a kilt, go to Hector Russell's Scottish
Kiltmaker Visitors' Centre. Kids will love the indoor water park at Inverness
The surrounding countryside is ripe for exploration, and it's well worth taking
a drive to Loch Ness to try your luck at 'monster-spotting'. to find out more
about this bizarre legend chose from two visitor competing vistor at Drumnadrochit.
Alternatively, the roads through the Cairngorms offer some splendid vistas.
If you're a golfer, there are some great courses nearby, including the one at
Nairn (previous host of the British Open), a short drive north. If you happen
to be here in August, don't miss the Highland Games, which take place at Bught
Park, on the A82 near Inverness.
To get to Inverness by car, you can either follow the road from Edinburgh,
which passes through Perth and the Cairngorm Mountains; or the road from Glasgow,
passing through Fort William and then along the shores of Loch Ness. Good roads
continue north towards Thurso and John O'Groats. There are regular buses covering
these routes as well. The nearest airport is at Edinburgh, from where you can
take flights to several cities in Europe and to a limited number of destinations
Selection of hotels in this region:
Swallow Craigmonie Hotel
The Palace Hotel & Spa
The Columba Hotel
Loch Ness House Hotel
Ramada Jarvis Inverness
Inverness Marriott Hotel
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full list of hotels and online booking