2015-02-222015-02-22 Hiring a campervan in Inverness
Hiring a campervan in Inverness
Known as the capital of the Highlands, Inverness sits in the north of Scotland, astride the Ness River. It is the closest city to Loch Ness, and in summer overflows with monster hunters. It is worth a visit for its own charms, which include a striking castle and cathedral. With a motorhome hire to tour Scotland, a diversion to Inverness is worth any effort.
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What to see and do in Inverness
Follow the historic trail that starts at Inverness Castle. A castle has stood on this site since the 12th century, although the present sandstone building was completed in 1847. Continue along the riverbank to the Ness Islands. You can get to the islands by crossing an elegant Victorian footbridge, then picnic amongst the mature Scots pine, fir, beech and sycamore trees. Along the way you’ll pass St Andrew’s Cathedral.
For some retail therapy, visit the charming Victorian Market in the old town, or catch up with the chain stores in the newly extended Eastgate Centre.
No visit to Inverness is complete without some time spent contemplating the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. Visit nearby Drumnadrochit to see the award-winning Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. And be sure to get on the water with Loch Ness Cruises. Their boat has down-scanning sonar imaging equipment, so if there is something there, you’ll definitely sense it!
Food and Drink in Inverness
Make sure you try Café 1. They are a friendly bistro with an international menu, made from the finest Scottish ingredients, such as succulent Aberdeen Angus steaks or crisp pan-fried Sea Bass. For the best view in town, go to the Kitchen Brasserie. This glass-fronted restaurant is right on the river. Sit upstairs for a panoramic outlook and try their excellent value set-course lunch.
Where to stay in Inverness
Bunchrew Caravan Park is just three miles from Inverness, set on 20 wooded acres. Bught Park Caravan Park and campsite is next to the Inverness Aquadome, and just a 15-minute walk to the castle and town centre.
Road Trips from Inverness
A nearby attraction to Inverness is the Cairngorms National Park. This is the largest park in the whole of the UK, including Cairngorm Mountain and ski areas. It’s not just about the ancient glacial landscape, as the park includes many unique and traditional communities and villages. From Inverness, it’s 25 miles to the northern entrance, through the village of Carrbridge. This is the first of the Scottish ski villages on the mountain and is a good base all year round. It is also home to the Landmark Forest Adventure Park. You can ride a funicular up the slopes of Cairngorm Mountain, or chug along on a restored steam-train to Broomhill Station, which you may recognise as ‘Glenbogle’ from the TV series, Monarch of the Glen. Perfect for a Scottish adventure in your motorhome rental.
Glasgow and the Loch Lomond National Park are also worth the visit. Another city not to be missed while visiting Scotland is Edinburgh. Finally, the coastal cities of Perth and Dundee have plenty of things to offer for the whole family.
Staying Safe: Driving in the Highlands
It’s sparsely populated in the Highlands, with significant distances between towns, so try and drive with the fuel gauge in the top half at all times. What you lack in people population you will make up for in wildlife, so watch out for sheep, rabbits and birds. Driving on the left goes without saying, but if that’s not your normal orientation, it can be confusing when you leave one of the frequent single track roads and return to a dual carriageway. Look out for reminder arrows, or if travelling with someone else, make it their job to remind you.