Lives in Inverness, United Kingdom
Since Dec. 2009
50-64 year old female
The thing I love most about travel is the people I meet, and there is no better way to do this than to travel by bike. I love the outdoors and currently live near Inverness, a great base for exploring the wonderful Scottish HIghlands.
Bodies of Water
Churches & Cathedrals
Bars & Clubs
Battlefields, Historic Sites, Visitor Centres, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bodies of Water, Mysterious Sites
Start your first day here with lovely food, very friendly staff and a big communal table – which makes it easy to get chatting to people if you are travelling on your own.
A great place to buy works directly from a Scottish artist. There are items to suit every taste and every budget here. Beware though – it's the kind of place that you go in to buy a present for someone else, and come out with two more for yourself!
You won't be able to miss the River Ness, however it would be easy to miss the islands if you didn't know where to look! Approaching the river from Bridge Street, follow the river south for about 3/4 of a mile until you see footpath signs for the Great Glen Way. Continue to follow these and you'll enjoy a nice stroll to the other side of the river via the islands. This is a short, but beautiful walk, with plenty of places to sit and contemplate along the way.
A great place to enjoy a film or a show in much more comfortable, and intimate surroundings than a typical bigger city venue, Eden Court is also a great spot for a light lunch, or coffee and cake. It often hosts art exhibitions as well as craft fairs, so be sure to check out what's on while you're there.
A great little museum which will give you a nice introduction to Highland history, this place also houses a surprisingly good art collection.
A much quieter, more relaxed atmosphere than the Cathedral, this church has a fascinating history, with links to the Battle of Culloden. It's worth allowing a bit of time here if you are keen on history, and if you want to learn more, why not search for a history book in the second hand book shop opposite.
The place to drink and dance the night away in Inverness! At Hootananny there is a great beer and whisky selection, and you cannot help but make new friends. As well as planned events, you may be lucky enough to encounter local musicians having an informal jam session here!
Culloden Battlefield is one of the most important places in Scottish history. It's managed by the National Trust of Scotland and has a very informative visitor centre which provides all the information you need to really appreciate the site.
You can’t come to Inverness and not go to Loch Ness, even if you don't believe in the monster. Rather than driving along the A82 however, the best way to explore the area up-close is by boat: Even the longest return trip up to Urquart Castle will only take half a day, leaving you plenty of time for more exploration, or shopping in the afternoon.
Nairn is well worth a visit if you like beaches and want to escape the urban environment for a while. The East beach in particular is a fine example of Scotland's huge, white sandy beaches, and you can walk for miles along the shore and into Culbin forest on easy to follow trails. It may not be the best beach in Scotland, but that's only because the national standard is so high!
Wonderful food in a beautiful building is what you can expect at Mustard Seed. This place feels much more expensive than it is and the staff add to the atmosphere with their relaxed but very professional manner. A great place for a special lunch, or a romantic dinner.
Let the train whisk you off for a relaxing day, following one of the most scenic railway lines in the UK. The route to Kyle of Lochalsh from Inverness travels across miles of open moorland, before skirting the side of Loch Carron and finally reaching the idyllic west coast village of Plockton. My tip would be to get off here and have lunch in one the excellent pubs on the waterfront, but if you prefer, stay on until the end of the line and have fish and chips in Kyle of Lochalsh with a view over the water to Skye.
A friendly cafe serving a fusion of Caribbean Scottish food - a combination not found in many places – Kool Runnings is a unique and casual dinner spot.