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