Should you be a man desiring...
Should you be a man desiring to wear a skirt, then you'll definately feel at home in Scotland. As long as you don't mind wearing plaid, that is. All kidding aside, something that most people don't know about is a local Pipe band that plays in Inverness at the downtown courtyard every Tuesday evening at (I believe) seven pm. I did not see a mention of it in any of the tourist brochures and while it was fairly crowded, it was not overrun with people like a normal 'tourist event' would have been.
I must thank the proprietor of our bed and breakfast for letting us know about the event. :-)
It was built in 1.853 where an old fortress once was. Nowadays, it is used as Inverness' Sheriff and District Courts.
There are beautiful views of the river from the Castle, and if you want to see them, visit my Travelogue.
Kilravock Castle is a traditional Scottish castle, the Tower being built in 1460. It has the seat of the Roses since that time.
he Kilravock tower was built by the 7th Baron under licence granted by John, Lord of the Isles and Earl of Ross, on 18th February 1460. There is a tradition that the architect was a servant of James III called Cochran, who also designed Cawdor Castle. In any case, Cawdor was built a few years earlier, and the same mason’s marks are to be found in the doorway stonework of both castles.
The mansion house part was added in 1553 by the tenth baron, mainly to accommodate his household of seventeen female dependants - sisters and daughters.
The castle is now a reasonably priced Bed and breakfast, but has a tearoom open to the public, and also a garden which you can visit (admission charge)
Scottish Highlands Capital
With an eclectic shopping centre and plenty of parking, Inverness is great for the traveller.
A fantastic bridge takes you to the Black Isle, and off to John O'Groates, a short drive brings you to Drumnadrockit and Loch Ness, with possible sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, 23 miles down the A9 is Aviemore, the ski centre of the Highlands, which also sports a Harley Davidson Weekend at the end of every August. Plenty of whiskey distilleries litter the A9 in and around Inverness, and an amazing array of Scottish-made produce can be found for sale in country-style shops. Tartan in every clan, very friendly locals, and many of the other well-known Cities and towns are easily reached from this great city.
If you want to dive into the brutal history of the last fight between the Scots and English, then you must visit Culloden where the English wiped out the Jacobites, or you can take a ride on Loch Ness and add yourself to the list of visitors trying to find Nessie!
Cross the Inverness Bridge onto the Black Isle and you will come accross all manner of places to visit. Watch salmon leaping, visit Dunrobin Castle, or go to the edge of the UK and see John O'Groates!
The scenery is unspeakabely beautiful, so don't forget your camera!
Life is fairly relaxed, and the Scots are fearfully true to their roots, and very knowledgeable about their history.
The information sentres are crammed packed with excellent reading material on all aspects of Scottish interest, whether recent or historic, plus souvenir outlets will confuse and delight you with ah enormous array of must have goodies.
Inverness is wonderful - and located bang in the centre of a fabulous part of Scotland, with a massive amount of things to do and see in and around it, all within easy reach. The hotels are gorgous, the restaurants better, and the pubs are so welcoming. Don't forget to try the Haggis, Neeps and Tatties when you're there!