Welcome to Inverness - the capital city of the highlands where you'll always find the warmest of welcomes - whether you choose to visit, explore, shop, relax.
Inverness is an exceptional place - modern, vibrant city with a real buzz. Looking for the perfect destination for short breaks and holidays in the highlands? - look no further.
Discover Culloden, Loch Ness and the monster Nessie, fantastic scenery and Highland glens, lochs and mountains. Enjoy Loch Ness cruises and tours, dolphin spotting trips, visitor attractions, restaurants and shops. Visit the beautiful west coast, the Cairngorm National Park, the Isle of Skye, Orkney and Royal Deeside. Explore castles, Stone Age ruins, Pictish and Whisky trails, standing stones and circles, distilleries, wild life, gardens, forests and quiet beaches.
Walking, cycling and pony trekking are among the most
relaxing ways to explore the area. You can stroll along a
meandering riverside path, amble to a forest waterfall or stride
out through the wilds of Glen Affric. The Great Glen Cycle Route
provides woodland trails for cyclists and walkers. And ancient
drovers' trails provide rewarding routes for the pony trekker.
You'll find riding schools for all ages, so bring along the
The Loch Ness Marathon will be run this year on Sunday 2nd October 2011. Starting at Fort Augustus and meandering thru the hills of the southern side of the loch and then finishing up at Queens park in Inverness.
Take a walk along the towpath of the Caledonian Canal which
connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west
coast at Corpach near Fort William.
It runs some 62 miles (100 kilometers) from northeast to southwest. Only one third of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy. These lochs are part of the Great Glen, a geological fault in the Earth's crust. There are 29 locks (including eight at Neptune's Staircase, Banavie), four aqueducts and 10 bridges in the course of the canal.
The canal was designed by engineer Thomas Telford, supported by William Jessop, and was built between 1803 and 1822 at a cost of £840,000. The canal was never a great commercial success because, as originally built, it was too shallow and suffered from poor construction in places. Most traffic still used the sea route. It was not deepened until 1847 by which time most ships were too large. The canal is now mainly used by pleasure craft. It is maintained and operated by British Waterways, a governmental organization.
Inverness Castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness, in Inverness, Scotland. The red sand stone structure evident today was built in 1836 by architect William Burn. It is built on the site of an 11th century defensive structure. Today, it houses Inverness Sheriff Court. There has been a castle at this site for many centuries.
And vibrant Inverness has an ever-increasing number of restaurants, pubs and cafes offering food from around the globe - Chinese, Indian, French, Italian, Mexican, Irish etc. and even Scottish, while the new Eastgate shopping development houses many multiple chain shops. The older part of the town is where the smaller, individually owned shops are to be found.
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