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3 Nights in Inverness

I will be spending 2.5 days, 3 nights in Inverness mid September (will be arriving via train from Aberdeen). This is a solo trip, no car. Loch Ness and Culloden are my main priorities; I was looking at the Jacobite Tours, and am interested in the full day trip that covers Urquhart Castle as well. My plan was to spend a full day doing the Loch/castle, and the other day at Culloden (my family tree claims we had an ancestor who was exiled to the colonies after the battles/Uprisings). Since I will be taking public transportation to the battlefield, I'm assuming this will turn into a full day.

Can anyone suggest any other activities, especially in the evenings? Any pubs/restaurants, walking tours, etc? I'm staying at the Oak Villas B/B.

Thank you!

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Hootananny is a wonderful venue for music and pub food. Check out the Victorian Market.

If you want some lovely jewelry for yourself or someone else, I love Hazel Passmore's designs. Her website isn't up yet. You can find her studio/showroom at 25 Inglis Street, Inverness, Scotland IV1 1HN, United Kingdom
+44 1463 715231. It is right across from the Railway Station. The Mustard Seed is a good restaurant. One of the great used bookshops of all times, Leakey's Books is in Inverness.

For short walks there are the Ness Islands.

When you go to Culloden, you'll find that the public bus is quite easy. You can also walk over to Clava Cairns and back. I didn't look to see if there is a public bus to either Fort George or Cawdor Castle, but it might be work checking them out. I don't think you'll need a full day at Culloden, a good half day is probable though with your interest. A taxi to these locations is likely not outrageous. But there is a great TI in town. It's not at the RR station, but is over by the bridge. It looks like you'll go right past the TI on your way to your B&B.

You might also want to see what's happening at Eden Court.

I've never done any walking tours. I'll be interested to know if you hear of any or try any out.

There is a football club, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and it would be fun to go to a match if your travel schedule matched theirs. I can't figure out the schedule, but I'm sure M. C. or UncleGus can help with questions. I've driven past the stadium in September when a match has been on. They compete in the Scottish Premiership League.

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Wow!! thank you so much for the information! I have wanted to go to Inverness since I was a child, and I want to make the most of my time there. I am interested in getting myself a silver Thistle ring, so I will definitely check out the jeweler.

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I've not been to this store, but it sounds good! Judith Glue. She has a shop in Inverness too. The Orkney woolens are probably very good. I've got a couple of sweaters that were knitted in Orkney. Ortak used to have a store in Inverness before they went out of business. You should also look for Sheila Fleet jewelry. This gift store seems to stock it: The Drawing Room. It's in the city centre.

BTW I really enjoyed my visit to Urquhart Castle. The gift shop there stocks Sheila Fleet jewelry. Hazels was the priciest I bought. I spotted it on one trip and decided it was too much. I thought about it all year and the next year when I went back I bought a necklace. It remains one of my all time favorites and continue to draw lovely comments whenever I wear it.


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I would second the Judith Glue store. Loved it. I had a bit of a spending splurge there. Different 'one-off' items.