Most visitors choose to spend Christmas in Edinburgh or Glasgow, but if you’re looking to experience a local Christmas, Inverness makes an enchanting alternative and the Highlands capital is particularly atmospheric during the festive season.
One of the city’s oldest and most vibrant quarters, Glasgow’s Merchant City takes its name from the tobacco, sugar and tea merchants that populated the area during the 1750s and many of their grand Victorian houses still line the streets. Today, the historic district remains among the city’s most fashionable, a vibrant hub of bars, restaurants and art galleries at the heart of Glasgow’s cultural quarter.
The wild and rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands have long been hailed as hallowed territory by adventurous hikers, but for those with limited time, there are also ample opportunities for hiking around Inverness.
It might be thousands of kilometers away from India, but the UK has long nurtured a love affair with Indian food and the ubiquitous curry has been adopted as one of Britain’s most popular dishes. From tucking into a vindaloo on Manchester’s Curry Mile to sampling a rogan josh on London’s Brick Lane, there are a number of famous spots to enjoy Indian cuisine in the UK, but the top destination for curry lovers has to be Glasgow, the Curry Capital of Britain.
You can’t explore the Scottish Highlands without a visit to its atmospheric capital, but a visit to Inverness doesn’t have to break the bank. From discovering the legend of the Loch Ness monster to hiking along the coast, here are some ideas for free things to do in Inverness.