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.
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 during the Inverness Half Marathon & 5K Fun Run. With hundreds of participants of all ages and abilities taking part in the two races, Inverness will be buzzing with excitement as runners take to the much-loved scenic route.
Food connoisseurs searching for the best local produce need look no further than Connage Highland Dairy's Cheese Pantry, in the village of Ardersier just outside of Inverness. View the production room, where you might be lucky enough to see the cheese being made, or take away some delicious dairy products of your very own. Stocking the full Connage range of hand made organic cheese, as well as some of the finest from around the UK, there's something for everyone. For more information visit connage.co.uk.
The Chocolate Place
Each of the rich, delicate chocolates in this shop are handmade in Inverness, using the finest Belgian chocolate. There is a huge selection of chocolates and plenty of quirky flavours and special designs to choose from. 15 Chapel Street Inverness, IV1 1NA
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/
In the shadow of Inverness Castle sits the amazing Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. With a range of touring art exhibitions alongside a glimpse into the history of the Highlands, a visit to the museum and gallery a great way to spend an afternoon. For more information visit highlifehighland.com/inverness-museum-and-art-gallery.