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Inverness, Scotland

Inverness is a city in the Scottish Highlands. It is the administrative center for the Highland council area and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands. Inverness lies near two important battle sites: the 11th-century battle of Blàr nam Fèinneagainst Norway which took place on The Aird and the 18th-century Battle of Culloden which took place on Culloden Moor. It is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom and lies within the Great Glen at its north-eastern extremity where the River Ness enters the Moray Firth. At the latest, a settlement was established by the 6th century with the first royal charter being granted by Dabíd mac Maíl Choluim in the 12th century. The Gaelic king Mac Bethad Mac Findláich whose 11th-century killing of King Duncan was immortalized in Shakespeare's largely fictionalized... Read more

Inverness, Scotland

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Inverness is a city in the Scottish Highlands. It is the administrative center for the Highland council area and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands. Inverness lies near two important battle sites: the 11th-century battle of Blàr nam Fèinneagainst Norway which took place on The Aird and the 18th-century Battle of Culloden which took place on Culloden Moor. It is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom and lies within the Great Glen at its north-eastern extremity where the River Ness enters the Moray Firth. At the latest, a settlement was established by the 6th century with the first royal charter being granted by Dabíd mac Maíl Choluim in the 12th century. The Gaelic king Mac Bethad Mac Findláich whose 11th-century killing of King Duncan was immortalized in Shakespeare's largely fictionalized play Macbeth held a castle within the city where he ruled as Mormaer of Moray and Ross.

Inverness is one of Europe's fastest growing cities, with a quarter of the Highland population living in or around it, and is ranked fifth out of 189 British cities for its quality of life, the highest of any Scottish city. Inverness is twinned with one German city, Augsburg, and two French towns, La Baule and Saint-Valery-en-Caux.

Advertised as "the Gateway to the Highlands" by the local authority, and long regarded as the capital of the Highlands, Inverness is the center for commerce and industry in the Scottish Highlands, with continuing new investment in traditional industries and new hi-tech industries. 


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Inverness, Scotland: Port Information


Inverness is a popular destination for travelers exploring the Highlands. It has its own harbor, which welcomes some of the smaller cruise liners. Larger vessels usually dock at the port of Invergordon in approximately a 40-minute drive North of Inverness. There are 2 piers, and most of the larger liners dock at the main Admiralty Pier. The pier is situated not far from the main street.

Get around Inverness, Scotland


By bus

There are around fifty bus routes traveling in and around Inverness, mainly operated by Stagecoach Inverness. It helps to know where your destination is, as some ces do not have detailed information on the outside of the bus.

By train

The 'Invernet' rail network provides commuter train services to Inverness from Tain, Dingwall, and Beauly in the North, Nairn, Forres, and Elgin in the East and Aviemore and Kingussie in the South.

By taxis

This is probably the most efficient form of transport after hours, as most bus services cease or become less frequent at about 7 pm. You will not pay a great deal for a taxi by UK standards as Inverness is rather small, and routes are very direct. Some black cabs exist, though the majority of taxis are minicabs. These are all fairly trustworthy.

By limousine

Limos are available for hire from certain operators.

By bike

There are a few cycle lanes on Inverness roads. However, there are many combined cycle-footpaths where bicycles are welcome.

What to see in Inverness, Scotland


  • Inverness Castle

    . At the end of the western pedestrian zone. It is a relatively new castle built in 1847 to replace a medieval castle blown up by the Jacobites. It houses the Sheriff Court and cannot be seen as a visitor (you at least should try to never see it from the inside).
  • Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

    . Castle Wynd (base of Inverness Castle), 237114. The museum has a collection of Pictish stones and wildlife dioramas, as well as historic weapons. Underwent a major refurbishment in 2006, and now contains many artifacts on loan from the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
  • Old High Church

    , Church Street. Oldest Church in Inverness, the 'Town Church' of the city. Historic Tour each Friday at 11.30 am June to August. Sunday services at 11.15 am, Prayers for Peace and Justice every Friday at 1.05pm, and occasional evening services in the summer, with guest preachers, as advertised.
  • Ship Space, 16 Clachnaharry Road IV3 8QH, ☎ +44 1463 716839, e-mail: info@shipspace.co.uk. 10 AM - 3 PM daily. An interactive and evolving museum in Inverness with nautical artifacts & large ships: e.g. 1:10 scale Titanic, Buckie drifter, RNLI lifeboat & more... Free entry.
  • Inverness Botanic Gardens (Floral Hall), Bught Lane (next to the sports centre). Glasshouse and gardens, with a range of exotic plants, plus a cafe. Free.
  • Inverness Cathedral (St Andrew’s Cathedral). Scottish Episcopal (Anglican) cathedral, built in 1869.

What to do in Inverness, Scotland


  • Located on the south side of the Moray Firth with picturesque River Ness flowing through the city, it is worth taking a walk to the Ness Islands or the Caledonian Canal. From the castle, walk upstream along the River Ness for less than 1 mile. The Caledonian Canal towpath is also good for walking.
  • Or take a walk along the river with the Churches Along the River leaflet, available from hotels, tourist offices, churches or downloadable from the website.
  • Inverness offers activities from golfing to watersports.
  • A bicycle ride through the Ness Islands and along the waterfront is highly recommended.
  • Inverness has a very busy music & theatre scene. Inverness also has regular ceilidh nights and new indie nights in various venues across the city.
  • Jacobite Cruises (Jacobite cruises on Loch Ness), Tomnahurich Bridge, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness. IV3 5TD (Take the Loch Ness road out of the city), ☎ +44 1463 233999. A selection of Inverness tours and cruises on Loch Ness and the Caledonian canal pick up in the city center in various locations. Cruises run 7 days a week throughout the year.

What to eat and drink in Inverness, Scotland


Eat

Inverness has a wide selection of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. There are a number of high-quality restaurants serving a mixture of traditional Scottish food and modern cuisine using locally sourced produce. Worthy of a mention are:

  • Ash Restaurant and Lounge Bar, a boutique city center restaurant next to Railway Station, next to East gate Retail and Opposite Victorian Market, offering an extensive an ala carte menu with free wi-fi facilities.
  • The Heathmount Hotel. A boutique hotel with an informal restaurant and a lively bar at Crown just minutes walk from the city center
  • The Mustard Seed, 16 Fraser Street, IV1 1DW.
  • Rocpool, 1 Ness Walk, IV3 5NE.
  • Riva 4 Ness Walk, IV3 5NE - usually good Italian restaurant next to Rocpool
  • Glenmoriston Hotel
  • Cafe1 - Beside Rileys and simply a bit of an institution
  • The Old Town Deli - Strother Lane (Beside Bus Stop). Great bagels and coffee
  • Castle Restaurant - Cheap, cheerful and popular. Also very convenient for the High Street.
  • La Tortilla Asesina. The tapas bar where lovers of all things Spanish meet. Opposite the road entrance to the castle.
  • Hootananny's. On Church Street do good Thai food (in a Scottish Themed pub) relatively Cheaply
  • Numerous Curry Houses, including Cinnamon near the Eastgate Shopping Centre and Rajah in Post Office Lane.

Drink

There's plenty of live music and good lively atmospheres around so have fun exploring. Hootananny's is the chief of those, offering (predominantly) Celtic entertainment.

As in all Scotland, all enclosed public places - which includes all eating places and bars - are non-smoking. A few have outside seating areas.

On a warm summer's evening, the Dores Inn on the northern shore of Loch Ness (east side)is a particularly pleasant place to linger over a beer. They do good, traditional pub food, too.

Shopping in Inverness, Scotland


The main shopping area of Inverness runs from the Eastgate center through a pedestrian precinct down to the River Ness - adjacent to the train station. You'll have no limit to the number of tartan and Scottish souvenir shops you can find along the strip. As well there are the usual range of department stores and services along here.
  • Eastgate Centre. Inside the modern shopping mall - connected to the station. Contains a Marks and Spencer and Debenhams, and a normal range of chain stores. 

Safety in Inverness, Scotland


In any emergency call 999 (or 112) and from a land-line if you can and ask for Ambulance, Fire, Police, Mountain Rescue or Coast Guard when connected.

To contact the Police on Non-emergencies you should dial 101.

Scotland is generally a very safe country to visit. Like England and Wales, violent crime is a problem in some inner city areas, however, much of it occurs amongst hooligan-type, normally unarmed gangs, thus violent crime against tourists is rare. Petty crimes such as thefts and pickpocketing are lower than in many other European countries, but vigilance at all times is required, especially in crowded areas. 

Scotland's weather is highly changeable but rarely extreme. What started as a bright morning can end as a very wet, very windy and very cold afternoon. Packing extra warm and rainproof clothing is advisable, whatever the time of year.
 

Language spoken in Inverness, Scotland


English is the administrative language of Scotland and is spoken fluently by nearly the entire population.

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