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Inverness - 5 Great things

Situated at the centre of the Highlands, Inverness is the capital of the region. The city boasts a busy city centre which has many cafes, bars and restaurants and has many attractions both with in and around it. Here are some of our favourite things to do and see:

River Ness

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The River Ness is located at the very heart of the Scottish Highlands.
Its waters run  from Loch Dochfour that is adjoined to Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster ‘Nessie’ – through the centre of the City of Inverness.

   

The Caledonian Canal

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Built to provide safe passage for ships travelling from the North Sea to the Atlantic, the Caledonian Canal runs over 60 miles from Inverness to For William. Engineered by the famous Thomas Telford the Caledonian Canal is truly a magnificent engineering feat that was big enough to take battleships. With pathways running along the canal, it is great to go for a walk that will take you through Inverness and to the more rural outskirts.

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Inverness Castle

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The castle’s current structure was built in 1836 designed by Architect William Burns, and sits right in the heart of the city overlooking the River Ness. This fortification has a steep history that goes as far back as the 11th century. Whilst currently a court house which is closed to the public, you can still visit the grounds and learn more about its past at Inverness Museum which is located close nearby.
   

Culloden & Fort George

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Near to Inverness there is the site of the famous Battle of Culloden between the Jacobite’s (Charle’s Stewart) and Red Coats (Duke of Cumberland) in 1746. 

A little further away is Fort George, said to be one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe. Originally built by the British army to pacify the Scottish Highlands after the Jacobite rising, it has never been attacked and remains virtually unaltered. It is still used as a garrison to this day, but the majority of the site as well as a museum is open to the public.

 

 

Bottlenose Dolphins 

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 A great opportunity for those sailing to Inverness from the Moray Firth will not only get to expereince great scenery but also possibly see loads of wildlife:

The dolphin population in the Moray Firth area is very special as they are the most northerly resident bottlenose dolphins in the world with over 130 animals currently recorded.

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Top, Second, Third, Fourth: Dave Conner. Fifth: Amanda Slater. Sixth: Ellis Lawrence