Things to do in Inverness Scotland
We want the Point of Interest & Sights from Inverness Discover Scotland. We are accompanied by a real Scot. Cameron knows the city well since he lives there. He also shows them to guests from all over the world. He is obviously very well known in his city. Not only that people from the city greet him constantly and shake his hand. No, even overseas visitors react enthusiastically when they see him. "You are THE Cameron? Wow! I did not expect to see you in person, ”says one of his fans, who apparently just came from the United States. No wonder! Cameron stands out. Because he proudly wears his kilt on drizzle this September morning. A Scot, as it is in the book.
An Inverness Scotland vacation is Nessie and more
Inverness Scotland was the starting point of our journey to Loch Ness Scotland. However, the city is interesting not only because of the legends of Nessie. It is also the largest city in the Scottish Highlands. It is located on the Moray Firth. This is a bay that reaches from the North Sea inland. The River Ness flows into it. With daily average temperatures ranging from 4 to 14 degrees Celsius year-round, the climate is warm and temperate. Snow is rare. However, precipitation is high even during the driest month in April. You can tell by the vegetation. The almost 47.000 residents of the city appreciate this. Visitors also enjoy this climate for travel to the region throughout the year. There are many things to do in Inverness Scotland yearround.
Loch Ness tour
A stroll through Inverness Scotland
We begin our tour of Inverness at
Inverness Castle is perched on a hill overlooking the River Ness. Today it houses the Sheriff's Court of Inverness. However, there are plans to open the castle to the public. So far, only the North Tower as a lookout tower and the parks are accessible. From here you have a good view of the river and the city.
The Castle and Macbeth
The castle, as it stands today, was created 1836. Before that, however, there were other castles and palaces that stood at this point from 1057. Malcolm III. built the first castle, after Macbeth killed his father Duncan I in a castle about a mile from here.
Mary Stuart and the Castle
The castle also played a role in the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of the Scots. She visited the castle in the year 1562. However, she found the gates locked. This was done by order of George Gordon, the Fourth Earl of Huntly. Only when the clans of Munros and Frasers flocked to the queen, the tide turned. They besieged the castle and finally conquered it after three days. Mary spent four nights at the castle and then moved on with her train. Alexander Gordon, who had denied her access, was executed for treason.
From the castle our way leads past the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery to High Street. The Town House , the city administration (Map ), is located on the corner of High St., Castle Wynd.
We follow Church Street and pass by Hootananny (Map ), a pub that plays live music in the evenings.
We turn off to the cemetery at the
Old High Church
It is one of the churches in Inverness. It is remarkable because its pulpit is located between the two entrances to the church, not - as is usually the case - in the front part of the church building. There are graves in the church cemetery, the gravestones of which are damaged. These are the graves of people who have committed crimes during their life for which they have not been held accountable. In Inverness Scotland they make sure that they don't find eternal rest.
What to Pack for a Scotland vacation?
- Rain jacket for women - You can read which is the best here
- Wax jacket for men - Water and windproof wax jackets are well suited as rain protection in Scotland. It's best to do it like the Scots and pack one yourself in the suitcase.
- A Umbrella * - It should be storm-proof and handy, because there is often wind and rain in Scotland.
- Rainproof shoes for women - Do you want in Scotland Hiking, rainproof shoes are essential.
- A backpackin which you can store the utensils you need for a day trip.
- Check with our Hiking checklistwhether you have packed everything you need for a hike.
- Scotland travel guide * - In Europe we rarely travel without Michael Müller's guidebook.
At the back of the church we reach the shore of the River Ness. There the
branches off across the river. Map
It's also called the Greig Street Bridge. Its nickname is well picked. The closer we get to the center of the bridge, the more we feel the swinging of the bridge.
Inverness Book hotel here *
Our guide Cameron - a bitch - tells us the story of St. Columba, who is said to have been the only one to have seen the Loch Ness monster in 8211. The monk, who came to the region from Ireland to convert the Picts, watched the monster try to devour one of them as he swam across the River Ness. He struck the sign of the cross and directed the monster: “You will not move any further and you will not touch this man. Back off immediately. ”The monster ostensibly obeyed and continued swimming into Loch Ness. "Who knows, maybe things are still going on there today - or something?" Says Cameron with a wink.
On the other bank of the river, we turn left. We pass the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Center(Map ), where you can inform yourself about the craft of kilt makers. From there our way leads to Strathness House(Map ). The Beatles stayed in this hotel at the beginning of the 1960s. It is said, that they wrote one of their songs here. On the other side of the road is
St. Andrew's Cathedral
The cathedral was inaugurated 1869. It was built at the instigation of Bishop Robert Eden and was built according to plans by Alexander Ross. Worth seeing is the church interior, which impresses visitors with its light effects. The Episcopal Church offers services. Several times a year they take place in Gaelic. Since 2017, the Scottish Episcopal Church offers ecclesial marriage to homosexuals.
Our way leads us back to Ness Bridge, where we reach the city center. In time for a lunch break in the
a pub restaurant where we enjoy our lunch: pork belly on pumpkin puree in a red wine sauce. Thus we are strengthened for explorations at the Loch Ness in Scotland and Urquart Castle and Inverness. If you have more about scottish food and drink want to find out, you can find a blog post about it here.
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Inverness Stone Circle
The city would not be in Scotland, there wouldn’t be a stone circle near them. He is even one who made it into Diana Gabaldon's novel “Outlander”. In the film adaptation of the novel, he achieved film fame. The stone circle Inverness with the split stone is almost 20 kilometers outside the city and is signposted. From Inverness, you can take a tour of the locations of the Highland saga. Destinations.ch shows you where you are in the region in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire explore. If you want to read the story of Jamie and Claire, you will find them in the Outlander saga by Diana Gabaldon*. information about Stone circles in Scotland and near Inverness here.
Outlander attractions near Inverness Scotland
Learn the Inverness attractions from the Outlander novels on one Outlander Day Tour * know. You will learn more about the stone circle of Clava Cairns and the inspiration for the Outlander novels.
If you want to know more about the history of the region, visit the Visitor Center of the Culloden Battlefield. Corinne from Reflections Enroute presents this in detail on her blog.
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Inverness has its own airport.
Rent a car at the airport:
You can rent a car at Inverness Airport Inverness Car Rental *.
Hotels in and around Inverness * You can book here. We have in Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness * spent the night. The third night we spent in Glenkirk B & B in Drumnadrochit *. Under Bed and Breakfast Inverness Scotland * You can book bed and breakfast in and around Inverness.
Budget accommodation for an Inverness Scotland vacation:
Inverness Hostel *
Inverness Guest House *
Travel Guide for Scotland * you can order at Amazon.
Find information about current events in Inverness on this website.
Excursions from Inverness Scotland
- Day Tour Skye and Eilean Donan Castle *
- A day on the Isle of Skye and Fairy Pools *
- Day Tour Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands *
- All Trips and tours from Inverness * you find here. Many of them are convenient for a short break in Inverness Scotland. For many, you do not need a rental car, but can make the trips to the area from the city.
You can get local information for your Inverness Scotland vacation at
36 High Street,
Inverness Scotland attractions
The sights in and around Inverness make the city a vacation destination for an Inverness Scotland vacation or for a long weekend break. For an Inverness vacation we recommend these attractions:
Source for the article Inverness Scotland vacation: own research on site.
We thank Visit Great Britain and Visit Inverness Loch Ness for inviting us to this Inverness Scotland vacation. The Tourist Information Inverness supported us in our search for places for an Inverness holiday in and around the city. However, our opinion remains our own.
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