This picturesque, bustling city is known as the ‘capital of the Highlands’ and is Scotland’s most northerly city having been granted city status back in 2000. Its name comes from the Gaelic meaning ‘mouth of the River Ness’ which is very apt as its straddles the beautiful river as it flows from Loch Dochfour (at the end of Loch Ness) and out into the waters of the Beauly Firth.
The skyline of Inverness is dominated by stunning Inverness Castle, a medieval stronghold that sits in a wonderful elevated position. The distinctive red sandstone of this 19th century castle stands out against the backdrop of the city and can be seen for miles around. Having previously been used as a court, it is currently undergoing refurbishment with plans for it to re-open in 2025 as a tourist attraction.
The Ness islands which sit within the River Ness are connected by suspension bridges from the river banks, allowing their lovely woodland to be explored with ease. A great way of taking in the city’s historical sights is on a walking tour, with various different options available including a chilling Dark History Tour.