Inverness Scotland City Facts
I arrived in Inverness one winter night quite late. I found a hotel which
was open, still. They had a room. I checked in and paid. I went up to the room.
The room was cold. I asked for instructions on how to turn on the heating. I was
informed that the heat was turned off at 9PM. Go figure.
And no, I did not see Nessie.
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.
of the Highlands
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 Columba is said to have visited Brude, King of the
Picts, at his capital beside the Ness, although the exact site is unsure.
By the 11C King Duncan (c 1010-40), 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.
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. Culloden and its tragic aftermath was
the ultimate action of the '45 Rising. Such a troubled history means that
Inverness has few historic buildings.
architecture of the town of today is largely that of the 19th 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 and in addition has
the headquarters of the Highlands and Islands Development Board. Founded
in 1965, this organisation has as its objective the promotion of the
social and economic development of the aforementioned area through the
financing of industry, tourism, agriculture and fishing. The Northern
Meeting Piping Competitions are held annually in Eden Court Theatre and
are the oldest of all piping contests dating back to 1781.
earlier castles have preceded the present 19th Century building which
serves as court house and administrative offices. The esplanade with the
statue of Flora MacDonald affords a good view of the Ness and the town.
and Art Gallery
- Castle Wynd
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 range from 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. Telford's 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 Doune pistols by John Murdoch. These guns of exquisite
craftsmanship are dated c 1790.
the foot of Castle Wynd. This Victorian replacement was the scene in 1921
of the first ever Cabinet Meeting outside London. 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.
renovated 16th Century house serves as the Highland Region Headquarters
for the National Trust for Sscotland.
in 1982 this suspension bridge spanning the Beauly Firth carries the A 9
north to the Black Isle. With a total length of 3,451ft the bridge's main
span has a clearance of 95ft above high water. There is a good view of
Inverness from the bridge, while the Dolphin and Seal Centre in the car
park of the Tourist Information Centre on the A 9 gives information on the
marine life of the Moray and Beauly Firths. Bottlenose dolphins and
upwards of 1,000 seals inhabit these waters: the seals' mating roars and
the mysterious sounds emitted by the dolphins can sometimes be heard with
the aid of the Centre's sophisticated listening equipment.
fine five-bay Georgian house has been tastefully adapted to introduce
visitors to the richness and variety of the music of the Highlands and
Islands. Ingenious audio and visual displays evoke the long history of
this unique musical tradition, from pre-Christian laments for the dead to
the fearsome sound of the pipes and drums. Visitors can try their skill
not only on the bagpipes, but also on the clarsach, a type of harp.
Street. This imposing and richly decorated neo-Gothic edifice was built
from 1866 to 1869 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.
- Bishop's Road
custom-built leisure centre completed in 1976 comprises a theatre,
conference centre and art gallery.
the 220ft-67m summit there is a good view of Inverness.
Skye & Lochalsh
Isle of Skye Web Site
Routefinder and general travel info.
Isle of Raasay
Car hire on the Isle of Skye
Skye Bicycle Hire
Bike hire based in Uig
Wildcat bike tours,
Travel info and advice from the locals.
Ferry To Orkney - Timetables
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Northlink Orkney and Shetland
Ferries - Ferry services to the Orkney and Shetland Islands
- Services to Shetland, the Scottish mainland, and Orkney inter-island
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Argyll & the Islands
Kintyre - Travel and tourism
information for the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll
Oban & Lorne Tourism Association How to get to and
Islay Airport -
Regular flights from Glasgow and charter traffic.
Visit Arran - A guide to the
Isle of Arran
Inverness & Nairn
Glen Cycle Hire - Inverness-based cycle hire business.
- Site includes real-time arrival and departure boards.
Loch Ness and Fort Augustus -
Information on activities, accommodation, bars and restaurants and local
Caithness & Sutherland
Caithness - The Caithness Experience.
North West Sutherland
Community Online - covers the areas of Durness, Kinlochbervie, Achfary,
Scourie, and Lochinver
Wick Airport -
Services to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Kirkwall
of Scotland Tourist Board
- Official area tourist information site
Escape to the Edge - Holidays on the remotest fringes of Scotland
Highlands and Islands Airports - Air services to Inverness, Western
Isles, Orkney, Shetland
for Scottish Holidays - Leading
tour operator for individual self-drive holidays throughout Scotland. Wide
range of self-catering Scottish country cottages.
Trail Burners - Personalised small
group tours to the Highlands and Islands
Classic Cars - Tour Scotland the
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Glasgow Car Hire
- Cheap car hire for Glasgow and the rest of Scotland
Romantic Scotland -
Guide to romantic breaks, getting married and honeymoons in Scotland.
Scottish Tours - Sightseeing tours of Scotland from Edinburgh and
Glasgow. Includes Highlands and Skye tour.
Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridean and Clyde ferries.
Destination Management Association -
Customised planning service and travel advice for Scottish vacations and
Major coach operators in Scotland
Major coach operators between England and Scotland
Train services to the Highlands.
Airways Daily flights to the north.
Budget flights to and from Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh.
Van hire -
Van hire delivered to any address in mainland UK!
Property - For sale: Large country house with spectacular mountain
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