In between the day trips we did from Inverness, we spent some time walking around the city itself. It’s not a huge place, but the old part of town is pretty and the river Ness is kind of fascinating to walk around as it is quite rocky and shallow in parts. Saw quite a few guys out in their waders fly fishing!
I really liked Inverness and it was a perfect place to hire a townhouse for a week and be comfy. The holiday house was lovely.
We had three bedrooms (one more than needed!) a lounge room, dining room, kitchen and a nice little back yard. As well as being able to wash and dry clothes (much needed!) I enjoyed sitting in the sun in the garden when we had sunshine and looking out the big windows in the lounge room when it rained.
Because we were staying on the opposite side of the river to the train and bus stations, we spent a lot of time crossing the different bridges. The one in the foreground of this pic is the Greig Street Bridge which I took to calling the wobbly bridge because it literally bounces as you walk on it. Very disconcerting. Weirdest sensation I think I’ve ever felt!
Inverness has its own ‘castle’, which in many towns and cities in Scotland just means a sizable baronial manor. I liked this one though for the way it overlooked the old part of town. It’s a law court currently.
Further down past the castle are the Ness Islands which are old Victorian pleasure gardens right in the river, all connected by ornate bridges. Very pretty and, while not wild enough to feel like real forest, they provide a great walking and sitting spot.
We also spent some time in a lovely Victorian Market.
And we went to the Inverness Museum which is small but has a really good range of things to see. Aside from their Pictish carved stones, they had a wonderful natural history section with the (all died from natural causes) animals staged in great tableaux. Golden Eagles are huge!
And for anyone disturbed by the dead rabbit… here is a live one we saw near the Castle to make you feel better.
In fact this is one of the few critters I got pics of on the trip. Despite seeing deer, pheasants and lots of highland coos (cows) I didn’t get much of a chance to photograph them because they were always taking me by surprise out train/bus windows!