Sitting on the banks of the famous River Ness is Inverness, one of Scotland’s beautiful and vibrant Highlands cities and a great base for a holiday exploring the Highlands and Glens. Walk through Inverness in the summer and you will be surrounded by intricate floral displays. A wide range of fascinating, historical buildings, such as the Inverness Castle and the Gothic Town House, line the streets, and a stroll down the Old Town will give you plenty of opportunity for food, drink and people watching from charming cafés. Alternatively, go on a shopping trip to the award-winning Eastgate shopping centre. Being small and easy to navigate, a self-catered holiday cottage in Inverness would give you the freedom to explore this city to its full, providing you, your family, friends and loved ones with plenty of activities – not to mention breath-taking views. Take the kids on an open-topped bus ride around the city, or spend the day relaxing at the gardens of Inverness Floral Hall.

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Clearly, Inverness has a rich, deep-rooted history, but unfortunately, due to a past of war and conflict, many such buildings have been lost. However, it’s believed that King David of the 12th century founded Inverness. To find out more, visit Inverness Castle and Inverness Museum. To truly feel you are part of Inverness’ past, spend an afternoon at the Victorian markets, or float along the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness. Go with the kids and share the myths and legends of the Loch Ness monster, or try your hard at catching Atlantic salmon. For forest walks with spanning views, visit Craig Phadrig, which, once upon a time, belonged to a Pictish King. On another note, if you’re itching for festival season, then come to Inverness in August to experience the world-renowned Belladrum festival.

Stunning views, fine food and friendly locals are just a handful of the things Inverness has to offer, all of which can be explored, experienced and cherished from your holiday cottage.