Inverness travel guide

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You're Going to Love Inverness

Situated in the heart of an area of remarkable natural beauty, Inverness truly deserves its title, "Gateway to the Highlands". This friendly Scottish city is compact and easy to get around, making it the ideal choice for family vacations or city breaks.

The region is filled with fairytale castles and stately homes. Explore historic attractions like Inverness Castle or venture into the countryside to see Cawdor Castle, home to the main protagonist in 'that play' by William Shakespeare.

The city is just as appealing to sports enthusiasts, and thousands flock to the region for skiing and snowboarding on the CairnGorm Mountains at nearby Aviemore or mountain biking through majestic forests and demanding mountain trails.

Inverness is a must for foodies and there are more fine restaurants than you might expect in a city this size. Add friendly pubs and diners and the city's proximity to some of the most famous whisky distilleries in the world and you can see why more people than ever are heading to the north.

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When to Visit Inverness

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Inverness has two peak tourist seasons and each has its own highlights. Summer, from May to late August, is the ideal time for a Jacobite cruise of Loch Ness or a cycling and hiking vacation. The winter season runs from December to March and covers Christmas and New Year celebrations as well as the ski season at CairnGorm. If you prefer a quiet break, visit from March to April or September to November. The scenery is impressive in spring and fall and accommodation tends to be less expensive.

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Where to Stay in Inverness

The city attracts skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts and cheap accommodation is available at Inverness Youth Hostel and Bazpackers Inverness. A dorm space in a hostel is £15 per night and a double room in a good mid-range hotel costs £45 per night. If you're planning a family vacation, try one of the city's many bed & breakfast establishments like Inverglen Guest House, Park Guest House, or Avalon Guest House. For special or romantic trips, try the Culloden House Hotel where Bonnie Prince Charlie spent the night before the Battle of Culloden in 1746, or other upmarket options like Bunchrew House Hotel or Kingsmills Hotel.

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Shopping Streets

The Eastgate Shopping Centre is conveniently located in the center of the city and you'll find food, clothing, accessories, and electronics from popular UK high street brands. Independent stores and retailers are a feature of the Victorian Market and the Old Town and you can purchase everything from fishing rods and books to jewelry, Nessie soft toys, shortbread, and tartan souvenirs.

Groceries and Other

Chain supermarkets like Morrison's, Tesco, Co-op, Lidl, and Asda sell food and basics from early morning until early evening and you'll pay £0.91 for a quart of whole milk and £1.90 for 12 large eggs. Pick up cosmetics, baby care, prescriptions, and personal items from chains like Boots, Lloyds, and Superdrug or local pharmacies like Rowlands, Kinmylies, and Lochardil.

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Where to Eat in Inverness

Like most Scottish cities, Inverness has its fair share of curry houses and some of the best include Rajah in Post Office Avenue and the Indian Ocean Restaurant & Takeaway on Academy Street. For contemporary dishes made with fresh, Scottish ingredients from the Highlands and Islands region, try Café 1 on Castle Street or the Riverside Restaurant on Bank Street. Expect to pay £10 for lunch in a basic cafe or £50 for dinner for two in an upscale restaurant.

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