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    History and Heritage

    by Waylon Updated Dec 23, 2003

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    If in the North of Scotland, and in my opinion the best part of Scotland, one must take the time to visit both the battlefield at Culloden Moor and the nearby Fort George.
    Culloden Battlefield was the location of the last battle fought on British soil. It was here that the English under William, Duke of Cumberland, defeated the Scottish rebellion and put and end to the Jacobite uprising. There is a very good visitor centre and one can take a walk around the battlefield and see the locations of where the two armies stood in an extended line before engaging in battle. There is the well of the dead, graves of the soldiers and all areas of the battlefield are marked out with signs and the booklets on offer at the visitor centre explain the battlefield in depth. I would highly recommend this site as a must see for the history buff, military buff or those with Scottish background of heritage.
    Also nearby Culloden Moor stands the mighty Fort George. This is a fort built in the middle 1750's after the Battle of Culloden to further stop another uprising in Scotland. Here the English Army, and latter the British Army, has stationed a regiment of soldiers. There is a excellent museum where can be viewed medals of various campaigns, military equipment, banners, articles of war, etc, etc. Far too much to mention. There is also a visitors guide that explains the different areas of the fort while walking around it's interior. There is the sally port, guardhouse, chapel, accomodation block, ramparts, etc. It's quite large and the architecture is simply amazing! One would need to spend at least a half day here to view it all and discover history not only of Fort George, but also the Scottish history in general. This is also the regimental home of the Queens Own Highlanders, who have merged with the Gordon Highlanders to form the current Highlanders regiment.
    Both of these locations, Culloden and Fort George, are nearby together and can be visited in a single day.

    Inside Fort George
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    Wandering the city streets of Inverness

    by travelmad478 Written Dec 21, 2003

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    After ten days driving down isolated roads in rural Scotland, even this diminuitive city seemed like a metropolis to me. I spent most of my day in Inverness just wandering its streets, taking in the Georgian architecture. The main business district is on the east side of the River Ness, centering around the pedestrian High Street. Strolling south from there along Castle Street, you pass Inverness Castle and several interesting art galleries and bistros. North of High Street is the main shopping district (which these days also includes a large shopping mall with supermarket attached). Crossing one of the several bridges to the west side of the river, the neighborhoods become more residential, with a few good-sized parks. Passing by one of them, I spent a few minutes watching an amateur archery competition.

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    Ness Islands Park

    by travelmad478 Written Dec 21, 2003

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    If you walk south along the embankments of the River Ness, this park is about 15 minutes from downtown Inverness. It's an interesting space, created from several islands in the river that are connected by small footbridges. You can walk across the river on them and continue back to town on the other side. The day I visited, a Saturday, this park was full of weekend anglers trying their luck in the Ness. Luckily, this section of the river is upstream from the city!

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    See the Inverness castle

    by bicycle_girl Written Oct 22, 2003

    It is on top of a hill by the Ness River, right over the main visitor information. Made in 1835, it is now used as the Sheriff's court. You can visit only a small part of it, the Drum tower where you will have some displays on the castle's history.

    Inverness castle and Flora MacDonald
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    Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew

    by Redang Updated Nov 3, 2008

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    Built by Alexander Ross between 1.866 and 1.869. Don't miss the stained glasses.

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    fireworks

    by aegialichick Written Jan 27, 2007

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    that's the fireworks at the opening ceremony of Highland Year of Culture 2007! many thanks to Lifescan for the fireworks! they were the best I've ever seen!

    dress up warm for winter in the Highland

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    Inverness Churches

    by stevezero Written Jun 16, 2006

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    On the opposite side of the river Ness from the castle, are two more fine churches. Again we did not have the time to explore - maybe next time?

    Inverness Churches
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    Flora MacDonald Statue

    by stevezero Written Jun 15, 2006

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    On the castle terrace is a statue of Flora MacDonald, to honour her part in helping Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape after the battle of Culloden,

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    visit the isle of skye

    by ketch1973 Written May 25, 2006

    inverness is a great place to base yourself if you want to tour the highlands. it would be a real shame if you never visited skye when you are here.

    cuillin hills, isle of skye kilmuir, isle of skye the old man of torr, isle of skye eilean donan castle, kyle
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    Historical Museum

    by Renteboy Written Feb 5, 2004

    They try to bring the environment back to life through sculptures. There was a nice picture/art gallery too when I was there.

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    Find some higland cows...

    by CandS Updated Oct 19, 2003

    If you have the time then find some 'highland coos'...they really are gorgeous! :) You will probably end up finding them without even looking. ;)

    This was just a young cow...even cuter!

    A cute Highland Coo!
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