Inverness

Inverness

Inverness is the capital and principal cross-roads of the Highlands of Scotland. As a result the city is steeped in history and has, on its doorstep, the site of the infamous Battle of Culloden; Urquhart Castle and Clava Cairns where you can go back as far as the Neolithic and Bronze Age!

The city of Inverness evolved from an ancient fort into the bustling community it is today. For almost two millennia Inverness has been recognised as an important junction for travellers and traders. By the end of the 18th century Inverness, the largest town of the Highlands, was acknowledged as its capital with its theatre, Assembly Rooms and polite society. Its winter season dazzled the eyes of the townsfolk - balls, concerts and plays all diverted the local gentry and wealthy merchants who made the town their base for the dark winter months.
As the capital of the highlands, Inverness increasingly provided metropolitan sophistication and diversions as the town attracted wealthy families from all over the Highlands to settle. A ring of mansions and fine houses sprang up around the town where a civilized living style could be enjoyed distant from the noise and bustle of the town yet close enough to enjoy its facilities.

Inverness was granted city status in December 2000 and is now a thriving community of 65,000 boasting a wide range of shops, restaurants and other attractions. In and around Inverness, you can also choose from numerous places to visit and things to do. The city is dissected by the charming River Ness, where the Ness Islands demand to be explored. Overlooking the river is Inverness Castle. Dating from the 1830s, the castle comprises of law courts and administrative offices. Outside the castle there is a statue of Flora MacDonald who, famously, helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape “over the sea to Skye”.