Apart from being famous for its title as the most northerly city in the UK, Inverness is growing in popularity as a tourist destination due to its thriving city life and idyllic countryside setting. It is also located close to the most famous Loch in the world, Loch Ness, and the countryside in this region of Scotland is simply breathtaking. There really is no better place to go if you are looking to get away from it all and enjoy what Scotland has to offer.
City Life in Inverness
Inverness is a city of great contrast, and with a long legacy of Scottish history visible around every corner you might expect it to be a quiet and sleepy place; however it is vibrant, colourful, and extremely interesting. Being located on the banks of the beautiful River Ness, the city has many places to sit out and enjoy the scenery, take a fantastic boat cruise or even get involved in some water sports if you are feeling particularly adventurous. There are also some amazing walking routes that weave in and out of the city, taking in some of the best viewpoints and attractions along the way. During the summer months, guided walks are available, and these can be great fun. One of the most iconic attractions in this great city is the impressive Inverness Castle, which is perched above the city atop the hill, next to the river Ness. Much of the original medieval castle was destroyed in 1847 after which it was carefully restored to its former glory, and a trip here is almost mandatory when visiting Inverness!
The compact city centre can be explored on foot, and it is an extremely charming place to explore, with many traditional Scottish pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops. There are always lots of cultural events occurring in the city, and timing a visit during the festival period will guarantee you have an especially good time! There are music events, comedy nights, and other events on in the city 365 days a year, so you will never be short of something to do in the evening time. The Eden Court Theatre is a hub of cultural activity with many of the best events being held in this fantastic venue. If you like to shop there are a variety of different locations to indulge yourself in including the Victorian Market, where you will find some traditional market stalls and interesting wares, and the Eastgate Shopping Centre, which is packed full of your favourite high street names.
Out and About in Inverness
There is enough to see and do in Inverness that you could easily wind away a week without leaving the city walls, however you would not want to miss out on the awe inspiring scenery that can be found in the surrounding countryside. Whether you want to spend a day relaxing by the magnificent Loch Ness or winding down the river on a boat cruise, it will certainly be a day to remember. Whilst visiting Loch Ness, a trip to the impressive multimedia visitor centre is a must. It has 7 themed areas which help you to learn about the region, taking you back over 500 million years in history.
There are a host of outdoor pursuits to get involved with in the Highlands, including quad biking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, gorge walking, 4×4 off roading, and even white water rafting, so if you are looking for a burst of adrenaline, this is the place to go! It is always a good idea to ensure that you have adequate insurance protection before undertaking any of these activities, although they are all managed extremely safely. You can either book these activities online through one of the operators, or visit the tourist information centre in Inverness and book whilst you are there. If you are planning to head into the Scottish Higlands for a trek or hike, it is always a good idea to check the wather forcast to ensure safe conditions as the weather can be extreme.
There really is nothing more invigorating than getting out into the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, and it is a photographer’s dream location due to its dramatic landscapes, unusual lighting conditions, and interesting wildlife opportunities. There are a number of amazing golf courses in the region, and if you are a keen golfer, a round on one of these fantastic scenic courses will not be something to miss out on. Some of the most notable courses in the region include Inverness Golf Course, Castle Stuart Golf Course, and Loch Ness New Golf Course.