Highland Apartments

34 Ardconnel Street, Inverness City Centre, Inverness, IV2 3EX, United Kingdom
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Inverness transportation

by makes3

My son will be travelling the UK in July and will be leaving Inverness on 7/7, then travel to Dublin to fly out from there on 7/9. Can someone provide me with information on the cheapest, most reliable mode of transportation to get from Inverness to Dublin on those dates? He will be staying at the Inverness Youth Hostel and going to Isaac's Hostel in Dublin.

Thank you in advance.

Re: Inverness transportation

by johngayton

It depends what he wants to do in Dublin. If he's only using Dublin as a transit stop and is in no particular hurry then I'd suggest going by bus from Inverness to Stranraer (via Glasgow and either Ayr or Dumfries) and then getting the ferry from there to Belfast. Then from Belfast take the train (or bus) down to Dublin. All-in it's a long day's travel (about 14 hours or so depending on route and connections) but a fun trip if you enjoy travelling.

For the Scottish bit - www.travelinescotland.com For the ferry bit - www.stenaline.co.uk For the Belfast to Dublin bit - (by bus) www.translink.co.uk (by train) www.irishrail.ie

There's loads of routes including overnight possibilities and of course there's always flights.

Re: Inverness transportation

by leics

Cheapest air fares are booked well in advance but they are a feasible option for your dates as it's a short hop.

www.skyscanner.net will list options, carriers and 'from' fares for that date.

I don't think there are any direct flights to Dublin from Inverness but there are flights to Belfast with Flybe www.flybe.com

From there, bus or train to Dublin.

Or coach

www.nationalexpress.com

or train

www.nationalrail.co.uk

from Inverness to Edinburgh then fly to Dublin with either Ryanair (hold baggage 15kg....remember to check charges carefully before booking) www.ryanair.com or Aer Lingus www.aerlingus.com

Re: Inverness transportation

by Richard.GVA

I would probably opt for www.ryanair.com from Dublin to Glasgow-Prestwick Airport, then continue from Glasgow (Buchanan rail and bus station) by bus or train to Inverness.

Richard

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Daytrip: Inverness-Inverness (2/5)

by Redang

Once you have probably had lunch and visited Ullapool, go back along road A835 until the junction with A832, and take it on your right, a few meters away, you will find Corrieshalloch Gorge. Visit the falls.

What's that noise? The Inverness Highland Games!

by JessH

This is an annual event that takes place in July in Bught Park Arena, just south of the city centre on the bank of the river Ness.

Nobody knows exactly when the first Inverness Highland Games took place, but we do know is that back in 1822 the Inverness Courier newspaper reported that fundraising was taking place in the town to revive those primeval competitions and give Inverness games that its residents could be proud of. Thanks to the efforts of those early fundraisers, 186 years later the Highland Games are still alive and well as one of the largest and most enjoyable Highland Games in the North of Scotland.

There are numerous Highland Games every summer, all over Scotland and even in other countries! The competitive element is a major attraction in itself, but combine it with the spectacle of Highland dancers and pipers, the grandeur of the Scottish scenery and last but not least, the highly enthusiastic crowds make Highland Games a *must* if you're in Scotland in summer!

Here are a few of the "heavy competitions:"

> Caber Toss: A long tapered log is stood upright, balacned vertically in the competitor’s hands who then runs forward and, well, tosses it as far as he can.

> Stone Put: This event is similar to the modern-day shot put in the Olympic Games, but instead of a steel shot a large stone of variable weight is often used.

> Scottish Hammer Throw: A round metal ball (16-22 lb for men; 12-16 lb for women) is attached to the end of a shaft about 4 feet long. You spin, you whirl it around your head and then throw it for distance over the shoulder.

> Sheaf Toss: A bundle of straw weighing 20 lb (9 kg) for men and 10 lb (4.5 kg) for women is tossed vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar, similar to the one used in pole vaulting.

> There is also a Wrestling Competition and although it might not look like it: there ARE rules!

> It might be something you remember from your days in the school yard, but the Tug-Of-War at the Highland Games gets gritty & muddy!

Other Entertainment / Competitions:

> Competitive Highland Dancing is a very technical dance requiring many hours of training for several years. It actually has more in common with ballet than with social dancing of Scottish Country Dance. In addition, the Highland dances are performed solo (and often over swords!)

> And last but not least, everyone at the games enjoys the Bagpipes blaring-out "Scotland the Brave" or "Flower of Scotland" accompanied by thundering applause and sing-along.
But the pipes and drums are not the only music which can be heard at Highland games: you'll hear fiddling, harp circles, Celtic bands and other forms of musical entertainment.
--> In 2009 the Inverness Highland Games with plenty of strong Scottish men throwing rocks and logs and unsuspecting tourists (haha!) took place on 18th & 19th July.

We visited on the 2nd day of the games (adult ticket is £4.-) and had a fantastic time! We were greeted by the "Haggis family" at the gates (the kids loved this), saw many of the Heavies competing, the adorable Highland dancing children, plenty of great food and all in all the event was perfectly organised. We spent quiet a few hours at the Highland Games and everyone had a fantastic time.
I even saw a bunch of "German" highlanders but am sorry to say that they seemed rather skinny compared to the heavies from Scotland, New Zealand, America, etc.! haha!
There are plenty of food & beverage options (both John & his dad tucked into a hot portion of Stovies, whist the rest of us enjoyed fish 'n' chips, Haggis and freshly made ice creams), stalls that sell Highland craft & souvenirs, also plenty of toilet facilities and a play area to keep smaller children occupied. I'd definitely go to the games again next year!
--> For more photos, click here: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/ad214/#TL
Update 2010: This year, we visited the Highland Games and they took place in the Northern Meeting Park, a slightly different venue along the River Ness.

The Perfect Honeymoon

by erotikryter

"Where We Stayed"

My husband and I chose Inverness as our base camp for our Honeymoon. We rented was is called a self-catering B & B, which basically means we rented a house that had everything we needed provided to live there. Furniture, kitchen supplies, etc. It also had location. The Gatehouse, used to literally be the Gatehouse for a castle, which we could see at the top of the hill. The castle was occupied and we were not allowed to do anything but admire it from a distance.

But our Gatehouse was beautiful. French doors opened to the kitchen and dining area, and stairs led up to a sitting area and very romantic bedroom with a skylight above the bed and wall lined with a bookshelf. It was just beautiful. We had a view of a loch from the upstairs balcony. We were also lucky to have a ghost...lol. It liked to open doors.

"Location"

What was great about this location was it was a half a days drive from everything and only 15 minutes from a major grocery store without feeling like it. We were ten minutes from Coloudon and a twenty minute car drive through rolling hills to Loch Ness, home of the famous wee monster. A forty-five minute drive got us to our favorite castle, Urghart, and ten minutes more to an awesome pub which had awesome hagas and black pudding.

In half a days drive we were on the Isle of Skye, and an insane drive from there, driving over the highest mountain pass in Great Britain to the Applecross Peninsula. We really thought this was the perfect spot.

"Don't Miss Applecross!"

Our favorite day of the trip was our drive to Applecross. I was really looking forward to the Isle of Skye, but unfortunately the year we were there, Scotland was in a bit of a drought, so it wasn't nearly as green and beautiful as I had hoped. We stopped at a visitor center near sky and asked where we might find some good seafood (strangely, there was very little good seafood on an island, aside from fish and chips). He told us to take a drive over the wee mountain to the Applecross Inn.

So we drove and we drove and still, no Applecross. An hour later we came upon a sign that said, "Road Impassable in Winter." It was extremely narrow and on the side of the cliff. We found the locals took this road like a raceway and I am sure my husband nearly made a mess in his drawers half a dozen times. It was worth every nail-biting moment. At the top of that pass is a view straight out of the stories of Avalon. It was unreal. The water and mountains rising out of the sea.

On the other side of the pass was a small hamlet that at one time could only be reached by sea. Most travelers found their way there on the road that came in from the opposite direction, but we were given the scenic route.

The inn at Applecross had a beautiful menu and my husband, being a chef, was very impressed. But we were even more impressed by the culinary delight that found its way out to our table on the beach. There was outdoor seating on the shores, the mountains behind us, the sea in front of us and the sky blue and beautiful.

Our started was a smoked salmon plate, where the salmon was rolled into the shape of roses, served with fresh baked bread. My husband had the venison sausage, which melted in his mouth. I got to nibble and have to say it was totally delicious. And I had halibut, caught fresh off the shore that morning. For desert was this out and cream sensation that danced along my tongue.

It was truly one of those moments in your life that will be forever perfect in your mind.

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Address: 34 Ardconnel Street, Inverness City Centre, Inverness, IV2 3EX, United Kingdom