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Remote mountains, stunning natural beauty, myth, folklore and even a mysterious sea monster – holidays in Inverness and the Scottish Highlands offer you something entirely different. Not only does Inverness have the title of most northerly city in the UK, but it also has the honour of being the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. And any trip to arguably the most beautiful part of the country is not complete without first stopping in this small yet vibrant place. Located along the River Ness with the stunning pink-hued Inverness Castle keeping a watchful eye, Inverness is steeped in history both inside and outside the city.
From model trains to the latest remote-controlled vehicles, the Inverness Model Shop is a sight to behold. Found in the city's traditional indoor Victorian Market, it's the Highlands' only dedicated model shop and is packed full of personality (16 Victorian Market, IV1 1PJ).
Located in the stunning Victorian Market in the heart of Inverness, Cabar Feidh Bagpipe Supplies provides a real taste of Highland culture. Open Monday to Saturday, it caters for pipers and drummers of all abilities and is a must-see if you'd like to find out more about the magic behind the majestic bagpipes (21 Victorian Market Hall, Academy Street, IV1 1PJ, cabarfeidhpipes.co.uk).
Now just over a year old, the Highland Bottle Shop has become a firm favourite in Inverness, boasting an incredible range of craft beers and ciders, independent wines, malt whiskies and boutique spirits. The friendly staff are more than happy to share their knowledge, making this a must-visit shop for any connoisseur of fine drinks (45 King Street, IV3 5DG).
A quirky and unusual touch to shopping in Inverness, the Victorian Market has been a prominent feature in the city since 1890. Providing rather more charm than its modern equivalents, the market boasts a range of boutique and independent shops, from jewellers to clothes, modern to vintage (Academy Street, IV1 1PJ).
Taking place on 8 March, the Inverness Half Marathon is the perfect way to explore the Highland capital while getting a little exercise in the process. There's also a 5km Fun Run for those looking for a shorter distance, and non-runners can cheer on participants from the side of the course. invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk
Taking place on 11-17 October, Blazin' in Beauly is a week-long festival of traditional Scottish music located just outside of Inverness. Featuring the world-famous Blazin' Fiddles, the event attracts fiddlers and fans from all over the country and comprises of sessions, masterclasses, concerts and lots of fun. blazininbeauly.com
The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running takes place on 28 September, and annually attracts around 9,000 runners from across the UK and further afield. The Event Village in Inverness' Bught Park will feature a number of activities and entertainment for spectators throughout the day, and there is the opportunity to cheer on the runners as they cross the finish line. lochnessmarathon.com
Cyclists will have an opportunity to ride through some of Scotland's best scenery with Etape Loch Ness, on 4 May. The 108km timed challenge will take a 360-degree loop around the shores of the world-famous loch, starting and finishing in central Inverness. Cyclists will be given a glimpse of picturesque Highland villages including Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston and Fort Augustus. etapelochness.com