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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Things To Do In Inverness

Make sure you leave plenty of time for your visit to Inverness because there is a lot to pack in during your stay. From history to picturesque beauty, with fabulous shopping and plenty to keep you active, this is a destination with it all.

History and heritage

The city of Inverness has plenty of historic buildings which you can take in while you shop around the Old Town. Inverness Castle was originally built in the 12th Century but has been replaced by newer versions over the centuries. However, there are also several breathtaking castles within close reach.

Perhaps the highlight among them is the oldest castle – Cawdor Castle, which was built in 1454 and even mentioned in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It is still lived in today and has all the features you may associate with an historic castle including a drawbridge, moat, dungeons and spiral stone staircases. The castle’s grounds are also worth visiting with lovely gardens and a small golf course.

Around 25miles from Inverness you’ll find Urquhart Castle, which overlooks Loch Ness. It is only a ruin now, but was a strategic site as long ago as the 12th Century. Brodie Castle meanwhile is around 30miles from Inverness and is a large fortified house in wooded ground; while Dunrobin Castle is home to the Dukes of Sutherland and is so spectacular it almost looks like a Disney castle.

Myth or legend?

Of course no trip to Inverness is complete without delving into the mystery of Loch Ness (pictured) and its famous inhabitant – Nessie. Whether you believe that an unusual creature lurks in its depths or not, there is no denying that Loch Ness is beautiful with the quieter, south side often considered the most spectacular.

Inverness is also a great place to delve into Scottish culture. There are wide Scottish influences on music, including traditional folk, jazz and pop; as well as drama and entertainment. All of this can be enjoyed at the Eden Court Theatre with its year round programme of shows to suit all tastes. As the capital of the Highlands, Inverness also has a year-round programme of events that should not be missed. It regularly welcomes traditional musicians; as well as drama and more.

Many holidaymakers ensure that their stay in Inverness coincides with the Highland Games – which traditionally takes place during July each year. It was founded in 1822 and involves athletics and weightlifting events, including the famous tossing of the caber.

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