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.
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.