A prim and proper little town
At the very top of Loch Ness, Inverness has much to commend it. Modern-day capital of the Highlands, it’s the place where many a highland fling begins. Venture out of town – it won’t take you long – and you’re in spectacular countryside on all sides, with mountains, shores and lochs in abundance.
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|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 11°C
Rainfall: 638.7mm a year
The windswept battlefield of Culloden, a few miles from the town centre, marks the spot where, in 1746, the last land battle was fought on mainland British soil. It’s an eerie place, but, with the help of modern day facilities, a fascinating one.
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Worth it just for the clash of cultures, head to Hootanany’s on Church Street, for Thai food and all the trimmings in a traditional Scottish pub. Wash it down with a pint of 80 Shilling ale if you dare.
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Early summer, with clear skies and warmer air, can be beautiful in the Highlands – before the onset of high season. With the city in full bloom and the hillsides alive with flora, it’s a world away from the city.
· For a civilised cuppa en route to the battlefields, head to the Culloden House Hotel, about 3 miles out of town, to see where Bonnie Prince Charlie spent his last night before defeat at Culloden.
· Loch Ness is huge – and not as close as you might think – so if you’re going, set aside at least a day, and take a guided tour to discover hidden gems.
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