OUR AREA...... In the City of Inverness - the Highland Capital - you will discover everything you would expect from a land shaped and enriched by a unique and colourful history, culture and thriving future. It offers the visitor excellent shopping, restaurants and many events throughout the year. The stunning landscape of the area, being one of the most beautiful in Scotland, is just waiting to be explored, and the City itself is attractively set on the banks of the River Ness having an enviable location at the head of the Great Glen and on the shores of the Moray Firth
The City of Inverness is the focal point of a thriving local economy, which, in turn, is driving a real cultural resurgence. These factors, combined with the area's natural environment, have given Inverness one of the highest quality life scores in the U.K..
This is one of the last great wildernesses in Europe............ through the soaring beauty of Glencoe to the idyllic charm of the isles, and from the waves of the northern coastline to the silence of the windswept moors......
THINGS TO DO...... Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, the castles of Dunrobin, Skibo, Eilean Donan (wedding venues for the rich and famous) Loch Ness and fabled "Monster", Whisky Trail and Distilleries, www.glenmorangie.com, Bottlenose Dolphin Cruises, Castles and Cairns, Walks and Waterfalls, Cruises and Tours, Golf Resorts,www.castlestuartgolf.com Fishing, Hillwalking, Watersports, Wintersports, Theatre, Museum, Art Galleries, Historical Sites, Pringle Woollen Mill, Castles galore! - National Trust for Scotland Brodie Castle, Cawdor Castle, Stuart Castle, Urquhart Castle all being within the vicinity - and Dunrobin Castle www.dunrobincastle.co.uk and Skibo Castle a short distance from the City! Hollywood material indeed! Jacobite Loch Ness cruises and tours sailing throughout the year
USEFUL LINKS...... Airport Taxis, Hillwalking in Scotland www.duthuslodge.com in Edinburgh www.bedandbreakfast.co.uk
The Cameron Family 28 Old Edinburgh Road, Crown, Inverness, IV2 3HJ, HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND
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Cafe 1 +44 (0)1463 226 200
This great Inverness restaurant is ideal for lunch or dinner in relaxed surroundings. The menu is varied and includes some excellent pasta dishes. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s closed on Mondays.
Cafe 1, 75 Castle Street, Inverness IV2 3EA
Rocpool Reserve +44 (0)1463 240 089
This riverside fine-dining restaurant has a particular focus on local produce which changes with the seasons. The menu includes fantastic Skye scallops and juicy Aberdeenshire beef. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s popular for Sunday lunch, too.
Rocpool Reserve, Culduthel Road, Inverness IV2 4AG
Abstract +44 (0)1463 223 777
With one eye on a Michelin star, this restaurant has fantastic French-style cuisine that uses such local ingredients such as hare fillets, Angus steaks and locally-caught sea trout.
Abstract, Glenmoriston Town House Hotel, Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SF
Contrast +44 (0)1463 223 777
Right next to sister restaurant Abstract, Contrast is a more informal brasserie but perhaps even more popular. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s got the same great riverside location and its often adventurous dishes are definitely worth a try.
Contrast, Glen Moriston Town House, Ness Bank, Inverness IV2 4SF
Rocpool Rendezvous +44 (0)1463 717 274
More informal than its namesake on the other side of the Ness, but with a similarly excellent menu, this Inverness restaurant does particularly good seafood. The sole and seabass are excellent.
Rocpool Rendezvous, 1 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NE
By plane: Inverness airport is a short distance outside the city and there are regular flights with Easyjet, Flybe & BA (www.invernessairport.com). The flight time to London is one and a half hours.
Trains The Caledonian Sleeper service operates from London Euston to Inverness (www.firstscotrail.com). There are regular daily services from Glasgow and Edinburgh. The journey from Perth, across the Cairngorms, is breathtaking. See www.trainline.co.uk for details.
Local taxi service Highland Taxis (+44 (0)1463 222 222)
Directions by road There are three main routes to Inverness; the A82 from Glasgow, the A9 from Perth and the A96 from Aberdeen. From the city centre, go up Castle Street and take first left onto Old Edinburgh Road, Ivybank House is located a short distance along on the right hand side. Post code for GPS users IV2 3HJ.