Inverness, Scotland


(Image above features central Inverness looking north.)

This evening, I am posting information on the city of Inverness which is described as the 'Capital if the Highlands'. Population is 46,000.

Inverness is located at a latitude of 57.47 degrees north at junction of the northern tip of the Great Glen geological fault on the Moray Firth which connects with the North Sea via the River Ness.

The name translates as 'mouth of the River Ness'. which is apposite as the river flows through the city centre.

Whilst Inverness has much to offer the visitor in terms of accommodation and restaurants it is best viewed as a base for exploring the local district where can be found the following attractions and places of interest:

Golf
  • Inverness Golf Club, par 60, 18 holes. (Within city boundaries.)
  • Castle Stuart Golf Links, a championship links course. (About 7.5 miles N.E.of Inverness.)
  • Nairn Golf Club, a traditional Scottish links course. (About 16 miles N.E.of Inverness.)
Image below is of Castle Stuart


Whisky Distilleries
  • Glen Ord (About 15 miles N.W of Inverness.)
  • Glenmorangie ( About 36 miles N of Inverness.)
Image below is of Glen Ord


Craft Breweries
  • Black Isle (not an island.) About 8 miles N.W. of Inverness. 

Castles
  • Castle Urquhart ( About 18 miles south of Inverness on banks of Loch Ness.)
  • Cawdor Castle. (About 14 miles N.E. of Inverness.)
Image below is of Castle Urquhart

Battlefields
  • Culloden, site of defining battle in 1746 between British Redcoats and Highland forces under 'Bonnie' Prince Charlie.(About 6 miles east of Inverness.)

Forts
  • Fort George, a massive British fortress completed in 1769 to police the Highlands.(About 14 miles N.E. of Inverness.)
Prehistoric Sites
  • Clava Cairns, A high status prehistoric burial site dating from around 2000BC. (About 7 miles east of Inverness.)

 Sightseeing
  • Loch Ness. Castle Urquhart is good vantage point. Boat trips on Loch Ness are also available from Inverness or Clansman Harbour. (Latter about 12 miles south of Inverness).

Wildlife
  • Dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point, Black Isle. (Sighting of the animals is not guaranteed.) About 15 miles N.E. of Inverness.

Gardens
  • Abriachan, about 12 miles south of Inverness. 
Loch Ness Monster. 
  • Two dedicated visitor centres at Drumnadrochit, about 16 miles south of Inverness.


© Nigel P Cole/Catswhiskerstours Limited

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