The capital of the Highlands of Scotland, Inverness is a wonderful place for a peaceful and beautiful holiday. Inverness has lots to offer for all kinds of travelers. The Inverness Castle dominates the centre of the city. It is a majestic red sandstone castle built in the mid 19th century by architect William Burn.
You can take walks down the banks River Ness and to the Ness Islands where you can visit the Bught Park or the Floral Hall which houses a host of beautiful and rare plants. On the other side of the River Ness you will find the beautiful St. Andrews Cathedral which has a rare square top instead of the spires as it is rumored that funds ran out before the cathedral could be completed.
You can watch Coral music concerts at the cathedral. Another interesting building would be the Town House which you would find on the corner of Bridge Street and Castle Street and is a 19th century gothic style building.
For people interested in shows, music and cinema, the Eden Court Theatre is the ideal place. It is situated near the St. Andrews Cathedral and hosts a range of theatrical shows and cinema throughout the year. The Vue multi-screen cinema, just outside the city centre is another venue for watching cinema.
Shopping in Inverness:
Inverness is a delightful place for shoppers. You can find the indoor Victorian Market on Academy Street which offers beautiful Scottish souvenirs, Belgian chocolates, jewellery and other pretty articles. You can find your usual brands at the East gate Shopping Centre and East gate II. Leakey's in the old Greyfriars Hall is an interesting shop which has rare antique prints, old books and old maps in store. A wonderful gift shop which sells articles from jewellery, glass articles, Harris Tweed bags and other accessories is The Drawing Room located on Kingsmills Road.
The city offers a myriad range of eating joints, bars and bistros. You can find restaurants offering all famous cuisines of the world and the food at most of them is also quite fabulous. Girvan's Restaurant is a place where you can find something for everyone's taste which is located opposite the Eastgate shopping centre. Pazzo's is a great place for pizzas and for delicious pastas you can try Riva, both of these you can find on Ness walk opposite the castle.
A nice place to spend the evening is the Johnny Foxes, a pub on the corner of Bridge Street, overlooking the River Ness, where they have live entertainment and serve nice bar meals.
Travel to Inverness from Glasgow or Edinburgh:
To reach Inverness from either Glasgow or Edinburgh, you can take a train or a bus. The Dalcross International Airport is just 8 miles out of city and has flights to Edinburgh, Dublin, London and other cities. If you want to drive your way, Inverness is about 169 miles from Glasgow and it should take you about 3 hours and from Edinburgh it is about 155 miles and should take around the same amount of time.
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