Inverness is the capital of the Highlands and was given city status in 2000. It was only 1982 when the Kessock Bridge was opened and prior to that, commuters and visitors had to either get the ferry across to the Black-Isle or make the drive around Beauly.
The Caledonian Canal starts (or finishes!) at Inverness and you can get a cruise for an hour or two or even hire a boat for a function! A great way of seeing the scenery!
Due to the excellent transport links and airport, it is possible to have a car free holiday with your base in Inverness. You can then travel in all directions and visit other areas, coming back to the city for your evening entertainment!