Mercure Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

Mercure Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

I was in Inverness, Scotland last summer and even though I was there only for two nights, it was worth going there. Arriving at the Mercure Inverness hotel in the late afternoon, I enjoyed magnificent views of the old town of Inverness from my room window. Then I decided to take a walk around the old town, till it began to rain and I had to run back to the hotel, ending my day with a nice cup of hot chocolate in bed, while enjoying breathtaking views of the city from my room window. The next day being bright and sunny, I managed to fit quite a few things in my day's schedule at Inverness.

1. River Ness

Starting my day at 6 a.m, I enjoyed an early morning walk along the banks of the river Ness. The sun was just rising and the view of the city and the surrounding hills was breathtaking. The river and the surrounding areas look as lovely at night as during the day, when the bridges are illuminated.

Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

2. Inverness Castle

During my early morning walk, I walked up to the Inverness Castle from where I enjoyed some magnificent views of the city of Inverness. One can't enter the castle as it has been converted into law courts, but one can walk around it and take pictures.

Inverness Castle, Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

Inverness Castle, Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

Views of Inverness from Inverness Castle, Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

Views of Inverness from Inverness Castle, Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

3. Saint Andrews Cathedral

My early morning walk brought me to the famous Saint Andrews Cathedral, with lovely stained-glass windows and beautiful ceiling, definitely worth a visit on your trip to Inverness! Here I enjoyed a brief period of meditation.

Saint Andrews Cathedral, Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

Saint Andrews Cathedral, Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

4. Victoria Market

On the recommendation of the front desk staff at the Mercure hotel, I made a brief visit to the Victoria Market, that has a unique range of shops, making it an ideal place to buy souvenirs for friends. It has a happy atmosphere and one can enjoy a nice cup of coffee at one of the nice cafes there.

Victoria Market, Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

Victoria Market, Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

5. Urquhart Castle

The same afternoon, I made a bus trip to Loch Ness to see the Urquhart Castle, a ruined 16th century fortress, magnificently situated on the shore of Loch Ness. In folklore, the Loch Ness monster, which is an aquatic being, large in size, with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water, inhabits the Loch Ness.

Urquhart Castle, Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

Urquhart Castle, Inverness, Scotland. Image©thingstodot.com

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