Many people choose to stay in Inverness because it’s ideally placed for touring the wild and spectacular region that is the Highlands. Within a short drive, you can experience something of the diversity of this unique area – its ancient roots and traditions, and the magnificent landscape that has such a strong influence on the way of life and the character of its people.
Just four miles outside the city is the quiet village of Culloden, scene of the last battle of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-6. The battlefield and visitor centre provides fascinating and poignant insights into the last stand of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Highland Army, and its devastating aftermath.
Just half an hour down the A9, the Cairngorm National Park is a magnet for year-round sports enthusiasts, and visitors who come to visit its quiet, traditional townships and villages, and enjoy the magnificent wildlife and scenery. The Highland Wildlife Park offers a great collection of cold climate animals, including polar bears and Siberian tigers, while Kingussie and Newtonmore host two of the region’s most skilled shinty teams – it’s well worth trying to catch a game, which has been played since the time of St Columba and is the forerunner of golf!
Eastward, there are the pure white sands of the Moray Firth with its clifftop walks and fishing cruises offering opportunities to spot whales, seals, and the resident colony of bottlenose dolphins. Pretty Nairn is a traditional Victorian seaside resort, with a promenade, amusements and rides, and imposing town centre architecture. If you’re looking for a break from seaside fun, you can wander down to the painstakingly restored old fishing quarter and stroll by the harbour.