The Scottish city is renowned for the most northerly conurbation in the UK and is known as the Gateway to the Highlands, attracting a vast number of visitors every year for its fascinating history, heritage archaeology, charm and magnificent location close to the Highlands wilderness region. Set on the banks of the River Ness close to its mouth, the small city typifies the romance of Scotland – kilts, tartans, Bonnie Prince Charlie and fiercely nationalistic clans. Thus, the entire area around Inverness is famous for its walking and cycling trails, sailing and kayaking on the Lochs and rivers, pony trekking and even skiing (in winter only) so, if you are a nature lover, a rambler or a hiker, this is just the place for your next holiday.
Thus, being centrally positioned Inverness may be the ideal area to base yourself in case you are planning to examine the Highlands as most areas may be reached in lower than about three hours and providing excellent day tour from Inverness. To, however, understand precisely how wild, gorgeous, as well as unpopulated the Western Highlands area of Scotland really is, Why not try to tour from innerness to the peak of Scotland and some couple of the famous attraction such as Loch Ness, Jacobite Cruises and Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle: Urquhart castle is about 15 miles from Inverness on the road to Fort William and is well worth a visit. Although the castle was mostly destroyed during the Jacobite wars, there is still much to see. After a short presentation on entering the complex, you can get out and explore the multi-levels of the castle ruins. There is also a fantastic view of Loch Ness as the castle sits overlooking the loch on its elevated site.
Loch Ness: Loch Ness is unarguably Scotland’s most famous tourist attraction. Every year, people from around the world visit this 24-mile stretch of water for its breathtaking beauty, and of course to revel in the legend of the fabled Loch Ness Monster. There are several boat trips available both from Inverness and Fort Augustus which offer the best way to see Loch Ness. There is also information available on the history and mystery of the famous Loch at Drumnadrochit visitor center. Make sure you pack a pair of binoculars if you wish to try and see the lochs most renowned resident, Nessie.
There are a few options when it comes to a cruise on Loch Ness, but Jacobite offers the most comprehensive and diverse packages. Leaving from Inverness, you can choose one of the many packages available which range from a standard dinner cruise to all-inclusive exploration package with a tour from Inverness to Urquhart and Culloden. The shortest tour from Inverness lasts only an hour, and the longest is 6 hours, there is also the option to book the boat for a special occasion or if you want to indulge try one of the champagne cruises.
Conversely, although Inverness is a thoroughly modern city offering every amenity to the modern day tourist, there is an abundance of history, beauty, and wide open spaces. Combine all this with excellent Scottish hospitality, and you should have a wonderful holiday as you tour from Inverness to the surrounding highlands.