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Inverness

The base for many of our Scotland tours, Inverness lies at the north end of the Great Glen where the River Ness flows into the Moray Firth on the country's east coast. Known as 'the capital of the Highlands', Inverness has been a focal point for all travel, trade and communication through the Highlands for hundreds of years. Believed to have been founded by King David in the 12th century, it is known that successive forts and castles were built in the area at about that time. Yet these were either destroyed by fire or razed to the ground during one of the many conflicts that affected and involved Inverness. The red sandstone castle that stands proudly on the River Ness was built during the 1830s, following a significant period of economic boom in Inverness and the surrounding region. Inverness Castle was designed to house the town courts and administrative buildings.

Exploring historic Inverness
In 1822 the Caledonian Canal was created, and during the latter part of the 19th century the railways began to arrive in Inverness. Links then connected the town with Perth, Aberdeen, Kyle of Lochalsh, Wick and Thurso - lines which remain operational to this day - and the town began to expand rapidly as the Highlands' major transport hub. Today, Inverness is a thriving city with a bustling, modern centre and a multitude of attractions.

As well as the castle, there is the grand St Andrew's Cathedral, which dates back to 1869. The bell still chimes on the hour. There is also the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, which tells the fascinating story of the Highlands through a range of impressive exhibits. The best way to get acquainted with the city is by taking a stroll along the river, as many of Inverness' charms are apparent here.

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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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A Scottish Christmas
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Edinburgh, Fort William and The West Highlands
10/May
Customer
5 stars
“The Tour was very well organised from start to finish, with an EXCELLENT Tour Manager Steve. The Hotel in Edinburgh was situated near the Royal Mile, ideal location. Food and rooms very good, no complaints. The Hotel near Glencoe was surrounded by amazing scenery. Again food and rooms ,no issues. A view from our room. The steam train journey from Fort William to Mallaig via the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on The Jacobite, the highlight of our holiday. The Glenfinnan Viaduct The ferry crossing to Mull, and Tobermory an added bonus.
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Highland Adventure
28/May
Nick sly
4 stars
“The hotel is in a great location the coach trip to Fort William great Day Day 3 to Eileen Donna Castle not enough time to enjoy and look around Day 4 to Aviemore I found a bit boring.The scenery was really beautiful throughout the holiday.
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
26/May
brendan Dewhurst
4 stars
“An excellent trip with plenty of tours from the hotels on various modes of transport from train, coaches and ferries all with a tour guide. We saw plenty from views to wildlife. Many thanks.
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A Scottish Christmas
09 Jan 2023
Miss A Holgate
4 stars
“The first time I have done Christmas away in the Uk. It was good and the scenery in Scotland is lovely. The hotel was very busy, as expected, and mealtimes were drawn out affairs, lasting 2hours.
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