The open top double-decker bus tour gives an insight into the development of the city, from the top of a double-decker bus, you have a 360 degree panoramic view of the city. On the Western outskirts of the City the tour highlights Tomnahurich Hill and the Caledonian Canal, where you could hop off for a Jacobite Cruise on Loch Ness before taking the higher ground for great panoramic views of Kessock Bridge.
The tour introduces the flight of 5 locks at Muirtown constructed in 1822 by Thomas Telford to bring the Caledonian Canal to sea level.The final section of the tour takes you by the South side of Inverness Castle to see Flora MacDonald’s statue, the 3 Graces, then along General Wades road by Bellfield Park to Holm Mills shopping village.from the Steading Highland Glen Lodge it will take you about a 1/2 hour to Inverness and the bus.
Dalcross Inverness Airport is the gateway to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Scheduled flights operate between Inverness and London Gatwick, London Luton, Amsterdam, Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Stornoway in the Western Isles, Kirkwall in Orkney and Sumburgh in Shetland, plus seasonal flights to Geneva, It is located about six miles east of the city of Inverness with accommodation to suit every pocket Bed and Breakfast, hotels and a hostel, Many of the major attractions of the Highlands are within one hour's drive of Inverness and all of them are within two hours drive, this makes Inverness Airport a superb access point for all visitors.
Dalcoss has the Highland Aviation Museum Ltd, it was formed in 2005 by the museums curator and current owner Mr James Campbell and is manned primarily by an enthusiastic team of volunteers and the RAF on hand to help with expert advice on restoration, aircraft strip downs, and the movement of aircraft when needed The Museum is open every weekend from 10:00am to 16:30pm, April through to November, and the summer months between July through to September during weekdays, Here you can find unique facilities with access to many if not all of the aircraft and the cockpits (weather permitting), Also at Dalcross you can find Dalcross Castle Built by Simon, first Lord Lovat, in 1620 and held by the Lovat Frasers until 1703 Dalcross Castle then became the home of the Mackintosh Clan. In 1746 Dalcross was the rallying point for Cumberland's troops who quelled the Jacobite uprising at the Battle of Culloden.
The Northern Meeting Piping Competitions are held annually in Eden Court Theatre and are the oldest of all piping contests dating back to 1781. Inverness Castle is built around a series of earlier castles have preceded the present 19C building which serves as court house and administrative offices. On the first floor an imaginative and well presented exhibition "Inverness. Hub of the Highlands" interprets the rich heritage of the Highlands.
Topics of special local significance include the Great Glen, the vitrified fort Craig Phadrig (visible from the window), the Picts and their surviving works, to the engineering feats of more recent times, the military roads of General Wade, Telfords Caledonian Canal and the Kessock Bridge. The upper floor has exhibits on the Highland way of life and the silver producing centres of Inverness, Tain and Wick. The reception area of this level has a show case containing a presentation pair of Ooune pistols given by John Murdoch. Admire the exquisite craftsmanship of these guns dated c 1790. The esplanade with the statue of Flora MacDonald, affords a good view of the Ness and the town.The Town House is a Victorian replacement, the scene of the first ever Cabinet Meeting outside London. in 1921. here you can find the base of the mercat cross incorporates the Clach- na-Cuddain or stone of the tubs, used as a resting place by washerwomen on their way to and from the Ness. As long as the stone remains Inverness will continue to flourish. Kessock Bridge. - Opened in 1982 this suspension bridge spanning the Beauly Firth carries the A9 north to the Black Isle 30 miles.
Leave Inverness to the north by the Kessock Bridge and at the Tore roundabout take the A 832 to the right. With a total length of 3451ft the bridge's main span has a clearance of 95ft above high water. It is planned to build a second bridge over the Dornoch Firth further to the north. There is a good view* of Inverness as you cross the bridge. St Andrew's Cathedral. - Ardross Street. This imposing and richly decorated nee-Gothic edifice was built from 1866·9 for the Episcopal diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness. The nave piers are monolithic columns of polished Peterhead granite, the reredos and pulpit of carved stone. Both the choir screen and rood cross are by Robert Lorimer. Eden Court Theatre. - Bishop's Road is a custom-built leisure centre completed in 1976 comprises a theatre, conference centre and art gallery.Tomnahurich Cemetery. - From the 220ft - 67m summit there is a good view of Inverness. Culloden. - 6 miles east of Inverness by the A9 has a new Visitors Centre. On the 16 April 1746 this bleak moor saw the end of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 when Prince Charles Edward Stuart's army was defeated by a government army under the Duke of Cumberland, the younger son of King George 11. His treatment of the injured and prisoners earned him the sobriquet "Butcher Cumberland".
The prince himself, after months in hiding as a fugitive escaped to France and lifelong exile. The visitor centre has an audio-visual programme entitled The Story of the Forty Five and a historical display, which help to place the battle in its historical context. Clava Cairns. - Same road out of Inverness as for Culloden. Turn right at the Cumber/and Stone then continue for 1 mile. This impressive site includes three cairns, girdled by stone circles, and a small ring of boulders. The middle cairn was a ring-cairn with its centre always open to the sky.The two others had entrance passages leading to a burial chamber; they are now unroofed. Some of the stones of the cairns bear cupmarks. The complex is late Neolithic in date and each cairn and stone ring formed part of a single design. Beauly. - 12 miles west of Inverness. In a sheltered position at the head of the Beauly Firth this delightful village takes its name Beau Lieu from the name given to the 13C priory by the Burgundian monks . Beauly Priory. - The red sandstone priory was founded in 1230 like its two sister Valliscaulian houses, Pluscarden and Ardchattan. The remaining roofless church has a particularly elegant west front, unusual trefoil windows in the south wall of the nave and attractively framed windows in the chancel.Highland Craftpoint - The objective of this centre is to develop and promote the Scottish crafts industry by providing a range of professional services. The public is welcome to visit the complex: exhibitions, audio-visual presentation and information services. In contradiction to its name this is a green peninsula, washed by the waters of the Beauly, Moray and Cromarty Firths, where fertile farmlands fringe the forested central ridge.The rural charm of the Black ISle remains unspoilt by the industrial developments on the northern shore of the Cromarty Firth. Fortrose is a busy little town is the chief community of the Black Isle. David I founded the diocese of Ross in 1126 but it was more than 200 years later before the bishop and chapter moved from neighbouring Rosemarkie where there had been a Celtic settlement. Away from the bustle of the main street the remnant of the cathedral church makes an attractive picture in its peaceful setting* of green lawns enclosed by the charming red sandstone houses of the former close. The remaining south aisle has attractive vaulting and the damaged tomb of its builder Euphemia, Countess of Ross, widow of the Wolf of Badenoch.The detached two storeyed building may have served as a sacristy and chapter house. Chanonry Point. - This looks over to Fort George only three miles distant. A monument commemorates the Brahan Seer put to death for a prophecy which displeased his patron's wife, the Countess of Seaforth. Rosemarkie has a popular beach. In the High Street. Groam House Museum has a very fine Pictish stone with elaborate interlaced designs and an audio-visual presentation on the Brahan Seer and the Black Isle countryside.Cromarty is on the tip of the Black Isle peninsula, this village stands on the south side of the narrows, guarded by the hills, the Sutors of Cromarty, facing Nigg Bay to the north with its platform construction yard. This now peaceful village popular as a holiday place, was a thriving port in the lifetime of its most famous son, the stonemason turned writer and geologist Hugh Miller (1802-56). His birthplace, Hugh Miller's Cottage, is now a museum with geological specimens, documents and personal souvenirs of the man who wrote the classic work on the Old Red Sandstone.
Visiting Inverness Castle you may choose to stay in the city which has all types of accommodation for vacations or business in large hotels to small guest houses. The first castle on the site was built in the 11th century a mediaeval fortification on a cliff overlooking River Ness in Inverness, the original once dominated the burgh of Inverness as a defensive structure, after a turbulent and bloody history the castle was taken over by the Clan Munro and Clan Fraser who supported Mary Queen of Scots in 1562, it was destroyed by Jacobites at the command of Charles Edward Stuart, prior to the Battle of Culloden in 1746.
The red sandstone structure evident today was built in 1836 by architect William Burn.
The castle is not currently open to the public, it houses Inverness Sheriff Court.
In April 2017 the north tower of the castle was opened to the public as a view point. At present, only the castle grounds and the north tower are open to the public.
Inverness stands at the northern end of the Great Glen, astride the outlet of Loch Ness, and has long been known as the capital of the Highlands. At the very hub of the Highland communications system, the town makes an ideal touring centre for much of the Highlands. The strategic importance of this site has been appreciated from earliest times as testified by the existence in the vicinity of a variety of ancient sites and monuments. St Calumba is said to have visited Brude, King of the Picts at his capital beside the Ness, although the exact site is unsure. By the 11 Century King Duncan made famous by Shakespeare, had his castle in the town.
The town's very strategic importance was its downfall in later times when it suffered variously at the hands of the English, Bruce himself. turbulent Highland clans, the Lord of the Isles, Mary Queen of Scots' supporters and Jacobites. The post' 15 Rising, law and order policy for the Highlands enacted by General Wade included the creation of a citadel, as one of several strategic strongholds in the Highland fringes. Such a troubled history means that Inverness has few historic buildings. The architecture of the town of today is largely that of the 19 century one of expansion due in large to Telford's construction of the Caledonian Canal (1803-22) and the arrival of the railway. Inverness remains the administrative centre for both the district and region.
This is a historic county of northern Scotland. It is Scotland’s largest historic county and includes a section of the central Highlands, Glen Mor, and a portion of the Highlands to the north.
The area is very sparsely populated with lots of driving spectacular views and exploration. The roads seem to wind endlessly into the mist that descends like an impenetrable shield from the towering peaks above, If you have ever had the opportunity to escape to Scotland to follow in William Wallace’s footsteps, or even Harry Potter’s, then hopefully you have had the chance to drive and explore the many back and country roads weaving and twisting through its remote glens and hills.
The Scottish Highlands look great from the road, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a "must see" destination for all visitors, with literally thousands of pathways, cycling routes, walking, rambling, hillwalking (Munros and Corbetts) low level walks, mountain biking, pony trekking, golf, fishing, bird and wildlife watching.
The most expensive time to travel this region is Easter, June July and August, there are rest areas and pullover bays everywhere so that you can take it slow which are highly recommend, mobile and Wi-Fi are sketchy, so don't rely on them always carry a relevant paper map the locals know the roads, especially the single lane roads, so they drive fast and confidently, and will expect you to pull into the passing places as they approach or pull over and let them pass if they are behind you, only drive the more challenging routes if you are a confident driver, many guide books warn drivers not to attempt it if you are a nervous driver or a beginner, pay attention to that warning! If you are a nervous driver these roads are not for you.
The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for being home to some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery, from the peaks of the Scottish Highlands and isolated unspoilt beaches, boat trips to watch dolphins frolicking off the Moray Coast, marvel at the sensational seascape of the North Highlands, Culloden, Dunnet Head and north coast beaches, west coast views, castles (May and Dunrobin) castle ruins (Ardvreck) and Caledonian Canal locks, walk in the shadow of Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis, or explore the stunning islands and stretches of coastline, explore the region's turbulent and bloody history, visit some of the most beautiful and romantic castles in the world, take one of the greatest railway journey in the world, a 84 mile round trip, starting near the highest mountain in Britain, this is the most westerly mainland railway station, passing close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis! and beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig.
Continuing onwards North of the highlands you will find harbours and making their living on a mix of fishing and tourism, inland is the isolated flat peat bog and moorland of the Flow Country, one of the last true wilderness areas in Europe.
While the population of the Flow Country is sparse, it is a popular home for numerous rare plants, insects and birds.
Scotland’s stunning landscapes are more than just scenery, the local butchers and fishmongers, as well as farm shops, have the coast and countryside where high quality produce is reared, gathered and grown, world-renowned seafood such as wild trout, salmon, oysters and langoustines and hand-dived scallops, Aberdeen Angus beef, Ayrshire potatoes and the soft fruits of Fife.