The Capital City of the Highlands, Inverness (population 40,755) is located at the mouth of the River Ness. This river forms a part of the Caledonian Canal and offers access to the West of Scotland, alongside the A82 trunk road to Fort William. The West is also accessible to hillwalkers through the Great Glen Way signposted walk.
Inverness also has a direct route to the north of Scotland through the Kessock Bridge whilst Inverness Railway Station offers transportation as far north as Wick and as far south as London. The A9 motorway leads south from Inverness and the A92 leads east to Moray. Inverness Airport offers flights to other locations in Britain and abroad.
As well as having advanced transportation, Inverness is the chief settlement in the Highlands of Scotland, and was an important population centre since prehistoric times. It is mentioned in the 6th Century Life of St Columba and more recently it was the site of the Battle of Culloden. The modern city hosts the Highlands and Islands Enterprise headquarters as well as the chief campus of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Inverness Royal Academy, Charleston Academy, Culloden Academy, Milburn Academy and Inverness High School all provide secondary education.
Inverness also has a robust retail sector and as a service centre for the whole of the Highlands it boasts numerous leisure facilities such as VUE cinema, the Aquadome, Queen’s Park Stadium, the Ironworks music venue, Inverness Leisure and Eden Court Theatre. The Inverness Museum and Art Gallery along with the Tourist Information Centre and Inverness Public Library provide cultural resources.
As a city in the midst of one of Europe’s last great wildernesses, Inverness combines the benefits of city living with countless opportunities for outdoor pursuits, from skiing to sea kayaking, all within easy driving distance.
For more information about the area, see the Inverness Scotland website.