inverness city centre
Capital of the Highlands, Inverness is an excellent touring base with good road, rail and air connections. With its suspension bridges across the River Ness and old stone buildings, it is a pretty place which is well-known for its floral displays (frequently a winner of awards in the Bloom of Britain competitions).
In December 2000, it was one of only 3 towns to be awarded city status by the Queen. Walk down along the river banks (in the direction of the Caledonian Canal) and you'll find the Ness Islands where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the shops. Cross the river on the little bridges and you can visit Bught Park.
Close by you will find the Floral Hall - a sub-tropical horticultural extravaganza with small waterfall, fish and all sorts of plants/trees (open all year round). Not far from here is the ice rink and the Inverness Leisure centre (with swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, etc.) Walking up the river in the other direction (towards the harbour) you will see Ben Wyvis on the skyline.
The Tourist Information Office is located on Bridge Street up some steps overlooking the road (ramp for disabled access). This includes a bureau de change, booking office for Caledonian MacBrayne ferries, gift shop, and accommodation booking service. Plus Internet access on 2 PC terminals Inverness has an excellent Museum and Art gallery between the castle and the tourist office. Open 9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday all year. Includes gift shop and coffee shop.