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Inverness-Shire

Inverness – The capital of the Scottish Highlands and the start and end of your NC500 adventure!

Inverness is a cultural hub – located astride the River Ness. Uncover the city’s fabulous Scottish cuisine, traditional live music and picturesque riverside walks

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The capital of the Highlands offers many a things to see and do, not to mention the fantastic scenery and attractions like.

 

 

 


Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle can be found nestled on the edge and overlooks the flowing River Ness. The red, sand-stone Castle was built in 1836 however, history goes back to the 1500’s where the castle looked much different than it does today. Ancient history tells how Clan Munro and Clan Fraser took the castle in 1562 after supporting Mary Queen of Scots during the seige of Inverness. Apart from the viewing tower, the castle itself is not open to the public. The viewing tower offers 360 degree views of the Highland capital. You can still access the grounds where you can enjoy the fantastic views over Inverness before your head off on your NC500 journey.


The Loch Ness Monster: Fact or Fiction? You decide!

For at least 1,500 years a legend has been told that Loch Ness is home to a mysterious aquatic animal. Some say she is a myth, some say she is a long living plesiosaur, or even some form of sea serpent. Whether real or fake, the Loch Ness Monster, (affectionately nicknamed Nessie by the locals) is definitely one of Scotland’s most famous characters.

Loch Ness is by far and away the UK’s largest body of water, and at 7 billion cubic metres in volume, is big enough to hide the entire human race.. or even a monster or two.

According to legend, Nessie was first sighted in A.D. 565, when St. Columba repelled a water beast after it had killed a man swimming in the River Ness.

One of the first apparent Nessie images was taken in 1934, and is widely known as the Surgeon’s photograph. This photo however, was discovered to be a hoax. Since then, there have been dozens of apparent “Nessie” photos and films, but there has been no concrete evidence proving her existence. She has even shown up on Google Street View and Google Earth!

Fancy spotting Nessie? Take an explore down the shoreline to see if you can catch a glimpse of her. If you want to get serious about your hunt for the elusive beast, Jacobite Cruises offer a variety of length of experiences to satisfy the avid Nessie hunter departing from Inverness!
So whether Nessie is a real plesiosaur, or just a tall “tail” to amuse kids, (and sometimes big kids), it is really up to you to decide.


Handy Information about your adventure

  • Inverness Airport offers flights across the UK & Ireland. There is also some EU flights available.
  • Inverness Train Station has connections across Scotland & England.
  • Inverness Bus Station offers connecting buses across Scotland.
  • If you would like to hire a car, check out our interactive map or our online itineraries

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Riverside House (Galbraith)

Riverside House Farr, Inverness, IV2 6XJ
+44 (0)1463 224 343

For Sale (via Galbraith)   A beautifully appointed family home in a semi-rural setting. Lot 1 4 Bedrooms. 4 Reception Rooms. High quality family accommodation. Beautiful landscaped gardens with productive kitchen garden. Carport, garage and workshop. Grounds extending to the River Farnack and with fishing rights. Within easy reach of Inverness and the A9. About […]

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Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental

Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental, 46 Harbour Road, Inverness IV1 1UF
+44 (0)1463 723 720

Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental has branches throughout the UK, covering all major Scottish airports, and Manchester airport. We offer a range of competitively priced vehicles for hire, including 4x4s, automatics, 9-seaters and vans. We also have a range of additional services so you can make the most of your trip. Some of these […]

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North Coast 500 Golf

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Campbell’s of Beauly

Campbells of Beauly, Highland Tweed House, Beauly, IV4 7BU
+44 (0)1463 782 239

Established in 1858, Campbell’s of Beauly is an iconic privately owned, family run country tailor and outfitters globally recognised for its commitment to quality. The shop has been operating in the same premises since 1858 stocking both men and ladieswear, and still maintains the same charming character which has been carried throughout the five generations. […]

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3 Geddes Village (Galbraith)

Nairn, Highland, IV12 5SB
+44 (0)1463 224 343

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WildTrax 4×4

Wildtrax, Loch Ness Road, Inverness IV3 8JN
+44 (0)1463 575 575

WildTrax Self Drive Adventure Hire The Award Winning WildTrax offers the discerning traveller a unique and experience traversing the Highlands of Scotland in fully kitted out expedition standard Landrovers with roof top tents. Experience the Highlands like never before, venturing into uncharted lands amongst magnificent mountains, tumbling rivers, colourful rugged moor land, rich sea-lochs and […]

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2 Ness Walk Apartments

2 Ness Walk Apartments, 2 Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5NE
+44 (0)7881 744 437

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Ness Walk

12 Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5SQ
+44 (0)1463 237 166

Nestled on the leafy banks of the River Ness lies the 5-Star Ness Walk. Surrounded by a dramatic canopy of Laurel, Cedar and Wellingtonia trees, this luxury hotel allows you to experience an intimate atmosphere in the heart of the vibrant Inverness city centre. Initially a 19th century house, this restored Grade B listed building […]

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Lynver Guest House

Lynver Guest House, 30 Southside Road, Inverness, IV2 3BG
+44 (0)1463 242 906

Lynver Guest House offers bed and breakfast in an individually designed spacious detached villa situated in a quiet, central, residential area of Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.

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Achnagairn Estate

Achnagairn Estate, Achnagairn Estate, Kirkhill, Inverness, IV5 7PD
+44 (0)1463 830 345

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Highland Apartments by Mansley

Highland Apartments by Mansley, Bridge Street, Inverness, IV1 1HD
+44 (0)8003 047 160

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Mayfield Guest House

Mayfield Guest House, 23 Tomich, Beauly, IV4 7AS
+44 (0)1463 782 255

Just a 2 minute walk to Beauly Square, Mayfield Guest House is on the north side of the village surrounded by a large lawn, trees and shrubs. Our ensuite rooms are comfy, bright, warm, spacious and well equipped. Bicycles can be locked up in the garage. Breakfast consists of a selection of fruit, yoghurt, cereals, […]

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Ironworks

122b Academy Street, Inverness, IV1 1LX
+44 (0)8717 894 173

Based in Inverness, the Ironworks has been open since 2006. It holds around 150 shows a year and hosts a range of music genres – from nurturing up and coming local artists to more established acts – as well as sporting events, comedians and conferences. With a capacity of 1,000, the Ironworks is one of […]

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Ornum House

Ornum House, 6 Broallan, nr Beauly, IV4 7AH
+44 (0)1463 783 798

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ACE Adventures & Hideaways

Auchnagairn, Forres, IV36 2QL
+44 (0)1309 611 729

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Kessock House (Galbraith)

Old Craigton Road, North Kessock Inverness IV1 3YD
+44 (0)1463 224 343

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Wild Pancakes

88 Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1EP
+44 (0)7454 478 231

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Cluny Bank

Cluny Bank, 69 St Leonards Road, Forres, IV36 1DW
+44 (0)1309 674 304

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Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

Glenmoriston Town House Hotel, 20 Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SF
+44 (0)1463 223 777

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Highland Sports Car Hire

Highland Sports Car Hire, Muirton Mains, Muir of Ord, IV6 7UR
+44 (0)1997 433 209

Highland Sports Car Hire have convertible sports cars for you to experience all there is to see throughout Scotland’s most scenic 500 miles. Treat yourself and get behind the wheel!

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North 500 Motorhomes

Torvean Caravan Park, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 8JL
+44 (0)1463 220 582

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Blervie House

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+44 (0)1309 674 629

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Priory Hotel

Priory Hotel, The Square, Beauly, IV4 7BX
+44 (0)1463 782 309

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Coast to Glen Motorhomes

19 Loaneckheim, Kiltarlity, IV4 7JQ
+44 (0)1463 741 639

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Highland Supercars

Kilvannie Manor, Fodderty, Strathpeffer, IV14 9AD
+44 (0)1463 210 213

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Holme Rose (Galbraith)

Holme Rose Croy, Inverness, IV2 5PW
+44 (0)1463 224 343

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1 Leachkin Brae (Galbraith)

1 Leachkin, Inverness, IV3 8PN
+44 (0)1463 224 343

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James Braid Highland Golf Trail

James Braid Highland Golf Trail, Muir Of Ord Golf Club, Great North Road, Muir of Ord, IV6 7SX
+44 (0)1463 870 825

The James Braid Highland Golf Trail has been initiated to enhance the experience of golfers wishing to visit a wonderfully picturesque part of Scotland whilst benefiting from the enjoyment and challenge of playing over our Braid designed golf courses.

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The Malt Room

The Malt Room, 34 Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1EH
+44 (0)1463 221 888

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North Kessock Hotel

North Kessock Hotel, Main Street, North Kessock, Inverness, IV1 3XN
+44 (0)1463 731 208

Waterside location serving some of the best food locally,perfect for some dolphin spotting and a great base for travelling north and south. Family run hotel and plenty of parking available.

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Clachnaharry Inn

17-19 High Street, Clachnaharry, Inverness, IV3 8RB
+44 (0)1463 239 806

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No 48 Castle View

48 Ardconnel Street, Inverness IV2 3EX
+44 (0)1463 222 922

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The Old School Beauly

The Old School, High Street, Beauly, IV4 7BX
+44 (0)1463 783 273

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Ardmeanach House

Ardmeanach House, 43 Fairfield Road, Inverness, IV3 5QP
+44 (0)7710 820 472

Ardmeanach was built in the mid 19th Century by a local shipping agent and was later owned by the Bishops of Inverness who lived here for several years. The fireplace in one of the public rooms was taken from the Bishops Palace, beside the now Eden Court theatre, when the Church sold the Palace. The […]

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Drumlochy Bed and Breakfast

Drumlochy Bed and Breakfast, Drumsmittal, North Kessock, IV1 3ZF
+44 (0)1463 731 427

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Haggis Tours

Haggis Tours, The Workshop, Swallow House, Tore, IV6 7RY
+44 (0)1463 800 041

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Inverness 4×4 Rentals

Aberdeen and Inverness 4x4 Self Drive, Inverness Airport, Dalcross, Inverness, IV2 7JB
+44 (0)1224 877 899

Inverness 4×4 Rentals provide quality 4×4 self-drive hire with a personal friendly touch. With depots at Inverness Airport and Aberdeen we cover all of Scotland and can deliver and collect from your chosen location including all airports, train stations and hotels where we offer a meet and greet service. We have a great selection of […]

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E & L Motorhomes

72 Mill Crescent, Buckie, AB56 ILD
+44 (0)7762 461 898

E & L Motorhomes is situated in the North East of Scotland and is ideally located for touring Inverness, the Highlands and the North Coast 500, as well as the world famous Speyside Malt Whisky Trail. Remote and peaceful, you will see the most breathtaking scenery as you meander along country roads and through glens […]

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Castle View Guest House

Castle View Guest House, 2a Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5NE
+44 (0)1463 241 443

Castle View Guest House is located in a vibrant, cosmopolitan yet quiet location directly opposite the historic Inverness Castle on the banks of the River Ness. In an ideal central location the recently upgraded 19th Century Victorian Guest House is a perfect base for exploring the stunning Scottish Highland scenery, whisky trails and distilleries. Canoeing, […]

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Barns Highland

Kinchyle Farm, IV12 5NY, Nairn
+44 (0)7494 532 380

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