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
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
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