Cheap flights to Inverness
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.
Just a short journey out of the city is Brodie Countryfare, a real Highland treasure. Country chic clothing meets unique gift ideas, while the food hall holds some treats to delight those at home
that is, if they make it that far! Brodie's restaurant is also highly regarded, and tops off a fantastic day out. If you haven't rented a car, fear not: the 10, 10A, X10, 11, 305 and 325 buses all pass by its doors. www.brodiecountryfare.com
Those on the hunt for comics and collectables should stop by Dynamic Duo. The staff are always happy to help you find the perfect addition to your collection, whether that's an elusive issue or the latest figurine.
If you're looking for an authentically Scottish gift, then the Luckenbooth in Inverness' Victorian Market is the place to visit. Specialists in Scottish Thistle China, the shop boasts decorative plates, the Celtic knot range, and several beautiful handcrafted glass and crystal items adorned with traditional Scottish and Irish designs. www.scottishchina.com
Leakey's, Scotland's largest secondhand bookshop, is a must-see when visiting the Highland capital. Impossibly high stacks of books surround a giant wood-burning stove in the centre of the converted old church
it's a book-lovers' dream come true. While you're searching through the ancient tomes that fill the shelves, be sure to sample some of the fine food served in the café on the top floor. It's easy to spend hours the bookshelves, so save plenty of time for a visit. www.facebook.com/LeakeysBookshop
Runners from all over the country will take to the streets of Inverness on 12 March for the Inverness Half Marathon & 5K Fun Run. Beginning by the riverside at Bught Park, the half marathon route follows the River Ness before following roads around the south of the city centre. It returns to the river and a spectacular finish on the track at Queen's Park Stadium. www.invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk
One of Scotland's most famous battlefields plays host to a major sporting event on 30 October, in aid of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. The Culloden Run takes in iconic locations like the Clava Cairns and the battlefield itself. For those looking for a shorter run, the Culloden 10k has a flatter, faster route around the perimeter of the battlefield.
Jazz aficionados heading to the Highlands from 5-8 July are in for a treat at the Inverness Jazz Festival. Taking place for the first time, the festival takes in the Eden Court Theatre, Drumossie Hotel and even offers a special jazz cruise on Loch Ness. Featuring jazz greats including Clare Teal, Dave Newton and Alan Barnes this is guaranteed to be the start of something big. www.invernessjazzfestival.com
One of Scotland's best-known feuds, the Battle of Culloden was the epic conclusion to the Jacobite uprising. The 26th of April marks the 270th anniversary of the battle, however the Battlefield is worth visiting at any time of the year. Boasting a state of the art visitor centre and tours of the battlefield, this is a historic visit to remember. www.nts.org.uk/Culloden/Visit/Events/