We spent three days in Inverness last week, the largest city in the Scottish Highlands. It was a nice little getaway, and I’m sharing just the highlights of the trip.
The drive to Inverness through the Scottish Highlands is quite scenic. With the snow, the white hills were something to look at.
We stayed in Dingwall, north of Inverness in the courtyard of Foulis Castle. This castle has so much history; it has been in the Clan Munro since 1039. The people who own and live in the castle are still from the same clan. It has been in the family since and has not changed.
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
When visiting Inverness, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle is a must. Everyone visits the famous Loch Ness searching for Nessie, but the lake itself is just gorgeous and the setting magical. Urquhart Castle ruins happen to sit along Loch Ness as well.
Falls of Foyers
We went on a short hike (3.5 miles) through Falls of Foyers. This little hike was an adventure. From sunshine to snow and then back to sunshine, we experienced chilling temperatures, our fingers numbing to shedding off our jackets to cool off.
At one point along the south shore of Loch Ness, strong winds whipped us, and I felt like a blizzard was coming. When we moved away from the lake, snow dumped on us, and we almost lost our way back. Luckily, we spotted another couple and followed them until we made our way back on the trail and through the falls again.
This was a fun adventure, and I definitely recommend the walk down to Loch Ness before looping back up to the falls again.
Though we spent time in Inverness, it was more outdoorsy than city focused. However, on our last day, we spent more time in the city center, lunching at the organic vegetarian/vegan cafe Nourish. This little place is health-focused, and we appreciated this. Though our meal was just a simple bowl of beet, apple, ginger soup, it was the best soup we’ve had out: it was oil-free, low salt and delicious.
After our lunch, we explored the center on foot in the frigid temperature.
Inverness and area are worth the time and exploration. It was a pleasurable three-day trip, and on our drive back the landscape through Cairngorms National Park was just as beautiful as our initial drive.