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Travel around Scotland – Hidden Gems Await

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Family-Friendly Adventures in Inverness: Hidden Gems Await

Welcome to another exciting episode of our travel around Scotland podcast! Today, we’re taking you to the vibrant city of Inverness, where hidden gems and family-friendly adventures await. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a nature lover, or a history buff, Inverness has something special for everyone. Let’s dive into the best places to explore and have fun with your loved ones.

  1. Castle Gallery: Start your journey at the Castle Gallery, where art comes alive. This gallery showcases a stunning collection of artwork from established artists and emerging talents. Currently hosting its Summer Mixed Exhibition until August 31, you can explore paintings, handmade prints, jewelry, and crafts. You can also make purchases both in-store and through their website.
  2. Ness Islands: Take a leisurely stroll through the enchanting Ness Islands. These islands offer an ideal setting for walking, running, and even cycling. Enjoy the well-maintained footpaths, benches for relaxation, and the scenic river views. Keep an eye out for salmon fishermen during the summer season.
  3. Merkinch Nature Reserve: For a wildlife adventure, head to the Merkinch Nature Reserve overlooking the Beauly Firth. Here, you can spot roe deer, owls, herons, and various bird species. Explore the walkways and even find a path linking up with the Caledonian Canal as part of a walking route.
  4. Whin Park: If you’re traveling with young adventurers, Whin Park is the place to be. This popular park boasts four unique adventure play areas with zip lines, climbing frames, slides, and more. It’s perfect for kids aged three and up, with equipment suitable for older visitors too.
  5. Clava Cairns: Step back in time at the Clava Cairns, ancient burial grounds that are around 4,000 years old. Outlander fans may recognize these cairns as the inspiration behind the time-traveling Craigh na Dun stones. Explore Balnuaran of Clava and Milton of Clava to immerse yourself in history and fantasy.
  6. River Ness: Discover the beauty of the River Ness, easily accessible from anywhere in the city center. Follow the riverside trails on either side and observe the local wildlife. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars for some birdwatching along the way.
  7. Inverness Botanic Gardens: Escape the city’s hustle and bustle at the Inverness Botanic Gardens. Explore ponds, a tropical house, wildflower meadows, and more. The gardens provide a serene environment, and you can even seek gardening advice while enjoying a meal at the on-site cafes.
  8. Loch Ness: No visit to Inverness is complete without experiencing the legendary Loch Ness. Skip the expensive boat tours and opt for a scenic walk along the shores or embark on a hiking adventure. Who knows, you might uncover the mysteries of Nessie!
  9. Culloden Battlefield: Delve into Scotland’s history at the Culloden Battlefield. The visitor center offers informative tours, but you can also explore the battlefield at your own pace. Bring your dog along for an afternoon walk amidst the rich historical surroundings.
  10. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery: Immerse yourself in Highland life and heritage at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Explore a fascinating collection of artifacts and enjoy both permanent and temporary displays, including works from local and wider demographics.
  11. Inverness Cathedral: End your Inverness adventure with a visit to the stunning Inverness Cathedral. Marvel at the intricate stone and wood carvings and the impressive stained glass windows. Take a guided tour to delve deeper into its history. The cathedral also hosts concerts, events, and exhibitions throughout the year.

That wraps up our journey through Inverness, a city filled with hidden gems for families seeking adventure and fun. We hope this podcast has inspired you to explore the rich culture, natural beauty, and history of this enchanting Scottish city. Until next time, happy exploring!


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