The Lovely Ness Island Walk
This idyllic, scenic, and peaceful walk can be joined on the castle side of the river, downtown, and takes you over footbridges to small islands in the River Ness. There are plenty of benches and picnicking areas, beautiful foliage, and items of interest like a wooden recreation of Nessie and a small pet cemetery. I recommend taking this walk from downtown to the wonderfully creative and large children's park at Whin Island, which has an adventure playground, miniature railway and even a boating pond. Also in the area of Whin Island is Bught Park, a floral display center, an aquadome (indoor swimming and water-adventure park), and an indoor ice-skating rink. Pack a lunch and some cool drinks and make this a day out.
See A Film Or Play At Eden Court Theatre
This historic theatre is situated in the heart of Inverness, near Saint Andrew's Cathedral, and is the Highland's main venue for concerts, plays, and independent films. We caught a movie in the atmospheric cinema here and found it quite enjoyable. The cinema itself is very small, with curtains that roll back from the screen, although I'm sure the concert and plays stage is much larger. Built onto the old Bishop's Palace, this theatre is supposed to be haunted by the 'Green Lady', a bishop's wife who hanged herself here many years ago. Spooky!
Fort George - Regimental Museum
The Fort Major's house facing the parade ground houses the Regimental Museum of the Queen's Own Highlanders. This is a good place to spend a few hours if the weather turns nasty, as it often does in these parts,
Inverness shire and beyond
The scenery outside Inverness is not as spectacular as that further west, but there are small hills, rivers, valleys and forest which give a gentle beauty to the area.
Between Carrbridge and Inverness the trains cross a viaduct spanning a valley. It looks quite spectacular. Her I caught it in the early morning as our train was crossing it. The shadows clearly show the arches.
"Macbeth and all that"
Cawdor Castle is about 12 miles from Inverness, in nairn. It was a fortress for the Thanes of Cawdor.
Visits to the castle include seeing furniture, pictures and tapestries, as well as the gardens.
It is open from 10-5.30 Monday to Saturday , from may to 9th October.
Entry is 6.80 for adults and 4.00 for children 5-15 yrs old.
"The highest mountain in Scotland"
Ben Nevis [4406 feet high] is the highest mountain in Scotland. It often has a cap of snow long after everyone has forgotten winter. At other times it has a cap of cloud.
It is not too difficult a mountain to climb.
On 19 Aug 1745 Bonnie prince Charlie landed on the shore of Loch Shiel to be met by 50 MacDonalds.
This was the start of his attempt to regain the throne in what was the Jacobite Rebellion. Eight months alter on 16 April 1746 the Prince's supporters were defeated by the English at Culloden . On 20 September 1746 the Prince left from almost the same place as he arrived.
At one time the only way to get to Skye was by boat. At first small boats, then ferry boats capable of taking cars as well as people. In the 1980s a toll bridge was constructed which shortened the time to get to the island, but caused a lot of controversy because to use it was so expensive. In 2005 I believe this toll has been reduced if not lifted altogether.
No matter how you travelled, the scenery is absolutely magnificent.
Hills, forests,valleys and rushing rivers are typical of the Highlands. This is in the Newtonmore area.
Much of Scotland is covered with coniferous trees that replace the ancient forests.