12 Picturesque Locations You Must Visit In Inverness
Undoubtedly, the city of Inverness is one of the most beautiful places that one should visit while being in Scotland. Inverness is basically a Gaelic term that means “mouth of the River Ness”. Here Ness is the name of a river that flows into the Moray Firth out of Loch Ness. This city offers all the benefits associated with city life along with the natural beauty of Scottish Highlands on the doorstep.
So, it can be said that without a visit to Inverness, your trip to the Highlands of Scotland will be incomplete. A compact city center along with a friendly unhurried pace is the thing that makes this city the perfect and stress-free holiday destination. Here comes a list of 12 picturesque tourist destinations that one should visit.
This is probably the most popular loch available in this world as well as the habitat to Nessie, the “Loch Ness Monster”. Here the travelers can explore a 754-foot deep lake on the Loch Ness trip, can visit the ruins of the Urquhart Castle perched on the bank of the lake, the largest castle of Scotland or can hike around the side of the lake. Apart from that, the tourists should also check out the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, where they can discover the legends of the most mysterious sea creatures of the UK.
This ancient fortress is located on the bank of Loch Ness. Standing in mostly ruined condition, till now this castle is one of the ideal places to find Nessie. Besides, there is a dock for loch boat tours, a life-sized trebuchet siege engine, and also a wonderful visitor center. Earlier, this castle was one of the largest castles of Scotland; the remaining part of the tower now offers wonderful panoramic views of both the Great Glen and the Loch Ness.
This is the latest mercat cross planned for Inverness prepared from sandstone along with bronze castings and it was designed by Gerald Laing. This square features a falcon on every side that is in stooping pose to catch the prey. This place is also crowned by the national animal of Scotland. But the majority of the tourists to Scotland and some of the Scots also don’t know that Falcon is actually a unicorn.
Being poignant, powerful and windswept moorland, the Battle of Culloden ended the cause of Jacobite and then changed the path of the world history. This place has preserved to accurately emulate how the place looked on the day of battle. Now as an informative visitor center, this place offers amazing audio tours of the battlefield as per the preference of the users. This allows the visitors to connect to the past while being immersed. This makes Culloden battlefield a special tourist destination in Inverness.
Highland Wildlife Park
Specialized in local Scottish Wildlife as well as some other creatures of the colder weather, this park has obtained an approval for the program of breeding Scottish wildcat as this park is aiming to save these species from extermination through the inter-breeding process with house cats.
Visitors, who like to explore conventional hospitality, music, drink, and dance of Highland while visiting Inverness, Hootananny is nothing but the best option. On every Friday and Saturday, some of the tables of this place are cleared to organize ceilidh dancing that brings in laughter, smiles and the feeling of accomplishment remembering the steps.
Eden Court Theatre
With a number of shows per year, two cinema screens, two theatres and different workshops, Eden Court works as the greatest arts venue located in the northern part of Scotland. Extended and refurbished recently, most of the people visit Inverness to watch the performances hosted by this theatre.
Built in the 15th century, this castle was the residence of the “Thane of Cawdor”, whose name was cited in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. With a prosperous history and some beautiful looking gardens, this place works as the must-visit place for the visitors of Inverness. Here the tourists can step into the fairy tale in the Scottish Highlands located in the Cawdor Castle. Besides, this romantic place also shares some links with Macbeth. After exploring this castle, the tourists can scroll the beautiful gardens and therefore can immerse themselves in the actual history of Scotland.
There are a few sub-tropical gardens located in the northern part of Scotland. The Botanic gardens produce an amazing range of plants starting from Pitcher plants to Cacti. These gardens are then beautified with added waterfalls and fish ponds. Besides, there are some sheltered colorful gardens outdoor that work as the ideal places to travel around. Apart from that, tourists can also enjoy a tempting experience of chatting here by sitting between the River Ness and the Caledonian Canal.
Deprived of in the year 1634, the remaining of the 13th-century monastic settlement is still extensive as well as worth exploring. Originally, the monks were French and the place got its name from “Beau Lieu” that means “beautiful place”. In this place, the tourists can capture the best scenes of Highlands. Besides, the gallery of Beauly Priory displays the best examples of Scottish Art that the tourists should not miss. Tourists can also purchase the paintings and artworks from different locally and nationally acclaimed artists from here.
While being in Inverness, it is really tough to choose any specific distillery as there are a number of options to offer. In fact, Glenmorangie offers three types of tours and the visit can be merged with the day trip to Seaboard, Tain, and the Dornoch villages.
This is basically a small seaside town. Except for the walks, miles of sands, the challenging golf and the wonderful eateries, the main attractiveness of this place is that this place is located just 15 minutes away from Inverness aboard. This place is also well known as the home of actress Tilda Swinton. Apart from that, Nairn can also be considered as the beautiful.
Author – Sarah Bennett
“Sarah is a senior editor in www.holidayfactors.com, a leading online holiday marketplace in Dubai, UAE”