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.
Step back in time in Inverness' indoor Victorian Market, and treat yourself in Story Chocolates. Carefully crafted in the Highlands by traditional Belgian chocolatiers, these chocolates really are to die for. If you're looking for an unusual gift to take home, we recommend their range of whisky chocolates made with the Highlands' finest single malts. www.storychocolate.co.uk
Do you have a creative streak? The XpoNorth is the festival for you: a celebration of Scotland's up-and-coming cultural stars. From music and film to textiles and design, XpoNort represents the country's finest creative work and showcases it to an ever-expanding audience. www.xponorth.co.uk
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