Imagine this: you’re an urban dweller who is in desperate need of a vacation. There is a twist in the story here: you’re sick of your urban jungle. The very thought of being stuck in traffic, amidst a sea of vehicles, forces you to stay indoors. Malls, movie theaters and shopping, fail to interest you like it used to. Summers are around and all your friends are heading to London. That’s perfect, isn’t it, with London’s signature cloudy weather and your friends’ company?
Only, you’re a little too familiar with London now. So what do you do? All you wanted, was to wake up to a predominantly cloudy day with only a trickle of sunlight, highlighting certain shades of the lush fauna you’re surrounded by, and go someplace offbeat to have good content for your travel diary. You know that you won’t find this in London. What you didn’t know is, you’ll find it all, some odd 500 miles from London, in Inverness, Scotland.
Let’s start with some basics–
The fastest growing city and evidently the largest of the Scottish Highlands which speaks Highland English and Gaelic, Inverness has been called the happiest place in Scotland and the second happiest, in all of UK. The warmest day would have a temperature of 25.4°C and lowest is -18.7°C.
This place boasts of cultural inclination with Bagpipe gatherings of both players and lovers, theater events and music festivals in Summer. The music festivals, Rockness and Tartan Heart festival, add their own color to the brilliant Scottish summer.
With three homeland football clubs, a rugby union, a local hockey team and a basketball team, Inverness also hosts the professional golf league of the Scottish Open on the European Tour, the week before The Open Championship. If it tickles your high school bones, Inverness is the location of Macbeth’s castle in Shakespeare’s play.
So, feel like paying a visit to Inverness already? Well you can get here by plane, train, bus, boat, car and if you’re loaded, then Limousines, charging £70/hour. When you’re here, you can start with your adventures; but before that, let me sail you through the nitty-gritties.
Things To Do In A Jiffy
If all you have is a long weekend and not more, here’s what you could explore to get a hang of this beautiful smart city. You will return feeling content after crossing the majors off your list!
One of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of this quiet city is on bikes with your friends. Follow the river Ness and ride through the Ness lands, pass the Colodonian canal and carry along the towpath to the Muirtown Locks. Follow the Canal to the only Nature Reserve in the Highlands where you can view otters, dolphins and various other birds.
Enjoy exploring the ruins of 13th century French monastic settlement who gave the name from ‘Beau Lieu,’ meaning ‘beautiful place.
5 options of Hotels & Bed&Breakfasts to stay better-
Let’s talk about Hotels first. Now, Inverness has its own spread of luxurious hotels for everyone who’s looking to splurge and spend their vacations in personalized comfort. Let me sail you through some of these.
The next option, that can you can avail our Guest Houses. A comfortable and comparatively budgeted option.
Now, this is the pocket-friendliest category with homely and some rather unconventional options.
Okay, so this Caravan Park has 125 level, grassy pitches for tents, caravans & motorhomes, of which 50 have electric set-up options. If you don’t like something crazy, you’re just too old, haha.
Now, here’s my favorite section:
5 places and foods to eat better
The ideal travel motto is to go someplace new and to completely indulge in the tradition that the place has to offer. With that in mind, here are 5 gastronomique highlights with their signature gastronomic offerings.
What’s a vacation without a good authentic shopping spree. I present to thee, the best places to shop for traditional.
5 shops to authentically shop better-
Caledonian Gifts & Souvenirs
In here, you will find quite unusual gift items such as Caledonian gifts & souvenirs like tartan scarves, stockings, towels, jumpers etc to bike hires.
McRaes of Scotland. Okay, I am practically crushing on this shop. It has the widest range of gift options from Scottish CDs to traditional Scottish jewelry to tartan caps to Nessie gifts. It’s all under this roof.
So basically, this ‘Highland Capital’ with its charming market-town feel, immortalized by Macbeth, the Loch Ness monster and the Gaelic language is a heartthrob and is surely worth a visit.
Hope this article gets your suitcases packed with Inverness plans. Happy travels!