What to do in Inverness
Inverness is the capital of the Scottish Highlands, a region of rocky mountains in the far north of Great Britain. This is the Scotland of Hollywood—the purple hills of Braveheart , the plunging valleys of Highlander . Ages ago, Inverness was the stronghold of Picts, a group of Celtic tribes who withstood the Romans, but now it’s a provincial city straddling the River Ness. Most visitors use Inverness as a base for excursions: Take a boat trip on nearby Loch Ness, with a camera at the ready for Nessie, the mythical monster. Or grab your hiking boots and head for the hills. The walk to Craig Phadraig, an iron-age fort above the city, is a classic. Inverness also sits within reach of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and marks the start of one of Scotland’s most beautiful walks—the Great Glen Way—which runs 73 miles south to Fort William.
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