Inverness, Scotland : 5 things to do in one day!
I was in Inverness, Scotland only for two nights earlier this summer and even though it was a very short stay, I was able to do quite a few things there! Arriving at the Mercure Inverness hotel in the late afternoon, I enjoyed magnificent views of the old town of Inverness from my room window. Then I decided to take a walk around the old town, till it began to rain and I had to run back to the hotel, ending my day with a nice cup of hot chocolate in bed, while enjoying the breathtaking views of the city from my room window.
The next day being bright and sunny, I managed to fit quite a few things in my day's schedule at Inverness.
1. River Ness
Starting my day at 6 a.m, I enjoyed an early morning walk along the banks of the river Ness. The sun was just rising and the view of the city and the surrounding hills was breathtaking. The river and the surrounding areas look as lovely at night as during the day, when the bridges are illuminated.
2. Inverness Castle
During my early morning walk, I walked up to the Inverness Castle from where I enjoyed some magnificent views of the city of Inverness. One can't enter the castle as it has been converted into law courts, but one can walk around it and take pictures.
3. Saint Andrews Cathedral
My early morning walk brought me to the famous Saint Andrews Cathedral, with lovely stained-glass windows and beautiful ceiling, definitely worth a visit on your trip to Inverness! Here I enjoyed a brief period of meditation.
4. Victoria Market
On the recommendation of the front desk staff at the Mercure hotel, I made a brief visit to the Victoria Market, that has a unique range of shops, making it an ideal place to buy souvenirs for friends. It has a happy atmosphere and one can enjoy a nice cup of coffee at one of the nice cafes there.
5. Urquhart Castle
The same afternoon, I made a bus trip to Loch Ness to see the Urquhart Castle, a ruined 16th century fortress, magnificently situated on the shore of Loch Ness. In folklore, the Loch Ness monster, which is an aquatic being, large in size, with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water, inhabits the Loch Ness.
If you have more time in Inverness, Trip Advisor has some wonderful recommendations for sight-seeing and day-trips and excursions in Inverness.