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.
There’s a reason the Jacobite Steam Train was chosen to portray the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. The movie makers know what they’re doing when it comes to scenery. The route is lined with jaw-dropping vistas — waterfalls plunging from tall mountain peaks, heather-strewn moors hugging the edges of lochs, and hills swathed with trees in endless shades of green. It’s no wonder that this 84-mile journey from Fort William to Mallaig has been voted by Wanderlust magazine readers as the one of the greatest railway journeys in the world.
Despite being all-too-often relegated to the role of Scotland’s second city, in-the-know travelers have long included Glasgow on their itineraries and at just 40 minutes by train from the capital, there’s no excuse for spending all your time in Edinburgh. Despite being so close, there’s no denying that the two cities are polar opposites and their long-standing rivalry makes it impossible to compliment one without offending the other. That said, it’s about time that travelers paid a visit to both cities, so to inspire you explore outside of the capital, here are 6 good reasons to visit Glasgow over Edinburgh.
Among the world’s largest sporting events, The Ryder Cup has long been the highlight of the golfing season, and what better place to host the prestigious competition than Scotland, the home of golf and the host of the first ever Ryder Cup back in 1921. In 2014, the biennial tournament returns to the grand King’s Course at Gleneagles, with Europe defending their 2012 win against the USA and 24 of the world’s greatest golfers turning out for the tournament, led by team captains Paul McGinley (Europe) and Tom Watson (U.S).
It might be best known as the capital of the Scottish Highlands and the gateway to the North, but Inverness is also a lively destination in its own right and the city boasts a busy schedule of seasonal events. From Celtic sporting traditions to summer music festivals, here are some of the best festivals and events in Inverness.