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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!

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Often, a city break can be so busy, you end up needing a holiday to recover! The beauty of Inverness is that you can experience all a city has to offer, yet without the hustle and bustle.

Inverness itself offers many excellent restaurants and a range of high street shops mixed with independent small shops. By day you can visit the many tourist attractions including the museum, botanical gardens, art galleries and even a Titanic museum! Then relax with a stroll around the Ness Islands or take the kids to the fabulous Whin Park. Not just swings and slides, this park has rowing boats and a half mile long miniature railway!

In the evening the city offers a diverse range of entertainment at Eden Court Theatre and Bught Park often hosts major events and live bands and the annual firework display is not to be missed!

Leaving the city for Nairn, you can stop by the Aviation Museum at the airport or visit one of the many historical ruins. Clava Cairns are 3 well preserved burial cairns and Rait Castle is a 13th century house, said to be haunted.  Culloden Battlefield of course has its own stories of hauntings, where Highlanders are seen wandering the moorland and many make an appearance on the 16th April each year – will you dare to be there!

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Nairn itself is a seaside town, very popular with day trippers. It has a spectacular sandy beach and two championship golf courses as well as restaurants, museum and harbour.

We think you will love this friendly city and leave having experienced exhilarating days out yet feeling re-vitalised and relaxed. Do come back soon to do all those things you missed!