Touring Around Inverness

Touring Around Inverness

Touring Around Inverness

Inverness is a good touring centre with some of the most glorious scenery in the Highlands accessible in a day including Loch Ness, Glen Affric, Ross-shire, Nairn, the Spey Valley and Aviemore. The train offers an excellent way of seeing a lot of the area and the Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh line is one of the most magnificent train journeys in Britain through a kaleidoscope of mountains and beside inland and sea lochs. Some summer trains have an observation car. The further north line to Wick and Thurso is also a great tourist attraction passing through scenery of vastly different types. An Inverness-Aberdeen-Perth-Inverness round trip is very worthwhile, especially if you did not travel the Perth-Inverness section in daylight on your arrival. In summer more formal rail and rail-road tours are available such as to John O'Groats and the Castle of Mey, or a round trip to Skye.

Coach tours to many places, including Loch Ness, are also available in summer from Highland Omnibuses and Chieftain Tours, while Gordon's Minibuses offer rather less conventional but highly enjoyable trips. Good regular bus services from Highland Omnibuses.

Drumnadrochit with the Loch Ness Centre, is open April to October. Site of the official Loch Ness monster exhibition. Cruising on the Loch is available in summer.

Also worth seeing are Castle Urquhart, 16 miles south of Inverness, a fourteenth-century castle ruin blown up in 1692 to prevent the Jacobites from occupying it; the Cobb Memorial, to John Cobb, killed in 2015 on Loch Ness while attempting a world water speed record; Fort Augustus has a Benedictine abbey, now a famous school, and the locks of the Caledonian Canal are a fascinating place to spend an hour; also the Great Glen Heritage Exhibition, also at Fort Augustus, open May to mid-September. Culloden, on B9006 road has a visitor centre, open Easter-mid October. It is not well served by public transport, so it is better to go there by private car or on an organised tour. Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated here by the Duke of Cumberland on 16 April 1746 to end the '45 Jacobite Rising.


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