3 Days in Inverness, Scotland

3 Days Visiting Inverness, The Whisky Trail and Culloden Battlefield.

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We drove from Skye to Inverness along the beautiful Scottish countryside.

We headed east  for the Inverness area meandering gently along shores of Loch Lochy and Loch Ness via Urquhart Castle, which dates back to the 12th century and was originally built to guard the route through the glen.

Urquhart Castle,

Urquhart Castle,

Lock Ness: We didn’t find it “super pretty” so we didn’t stop to go on a cruise.  It looks “too touristy” and we do prefer more “natural”  places so we didn’t pay to look for “The Loch Ness Monster“.  🙂

Where to Stay:

We were delighted with our choice of accommodations!  Avalon Guest House is, for sure, the best bed and breakfast we have been to that date.

Avalon Guest House

Avalon Guest House

Modern, large, clean, friendly, wonderful. If you go to Inverness, Avalon Guest House is the best place to stay, believe me. And no… they are not paying me a commission to say that 🙂

Avalon Guest House
79 Glenuquhart Road, Inverness, United Kingdom
Tel: 01463 239075, Fax: 01463 709827

We paid 70GBP/ night for the two of us including a delicious breakfast.

We biked along the Ness river and admired the beautiful scenery.

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There are several attractions in Inverness and our favorite was a day trip to the Whisky Trail.  We travel along the Speyside route in order to explore the Malt Whisky Trail. The speyside route is home to more than half of Scotland’s distilleries plus the coopers who repair the oak casks. Aberlour is a famous town along this route and there we visited the Whisky factory with the same name of the town.

City of Aberlour

Aberlour

Before entering the  factory’s premises we went to a delightful walking along a trail that starts behind the distillery. It was funny to see that the color of the river waters had almost the same color of whisky but in fact the color comes from the humic acid.

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Aberlour

Aberlour

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The tour in the  Aberlour distillery was very interesting and we learned a lot about the process of making whisky while there. Tasting was great too!

Aberlour

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Aberlour has many cottages with beautiful gardens. We had a great time walking by the river and along the main street taking pictures.

Aberlour

Aberlour

We went to Walkers Shortbread twice. During the first time everything was closed but on the second time we were able to buy delicious shortbreads at the shop.  Unfortunately Walkers don’t allow tourists to visit their factory. Only the shop is accessible to the public. I must tell you that the smell around the factory is delicious! Wow… I love Walkers shortbreads!

Walkers, Aberlour

We had lunch along the way and I chose my favorite dish when I am in the U.K.: Fish and chips.

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After lunch we continued along the Whisky trail and the views were always amazing.

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From Aberlour we went to  Buckie where we visited Glenfiddich. .

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We did a tour at  Glenfiddich distillery and went to taste the famous malt after it.

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Glenfiddich

Here I am kidding about what happened with me after so many tastings! 🙂

We were very lucky to be in Inverness during the Highland Games! We saw the parade and it was very emotional to watch all war veterans marching proudly along the streets.  There were several games as well, as the cheese run and others.

Highland Games

Highland Games

Highland Games, Inverness

Highland Games, Inverness

After the parade we went to the most live  Pub in town _ The Famous Grouse, where we met a huge crowd that had been marching few minutes before.

Famous Grouse, Inverness

Famous Grouse, Inverness

Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle

We went to visit Inverness Castle (from the outside as it is not open to the public).

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The views from the Inverness Castle are amazing, and we enjoyed our time there.

Inverness

Inverness

We crossed this bridge many times while biking around the city

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Another biking tour we did along the city followed a path along the river. As there is a bridge there and the sail boats must pass, there is a pivoting bridge that is quite interesting. Below you will see it while open, moving and closing. This river has a lock and the boats must wait if fills to continue navigating.

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Inverness is pretty at night as well. The bridge located downtown has lights that change color every two minutes.

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Another attraction that should not be missed while visiting Inverness is the Culloden Battlefield.  We visited the modern instalations with detailed descriptions of the battle and  walked to the specific point where the Culloden battle happened.

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From Inverness we drove south  to Perth.  After leaving our luggage at the B&B we went by bike to the city center (that was already “dead” as it was Monday after 5pm).

Perth

Perth

Perth

Perth

Before having dinner at a good restaurant (this one was crowded) we stopped to have some beers at a local Pub where everyone was curious to know where we were coming from. It’s cool the way people in small towns deal with “strange tourists”, always asking many questions about the trip. We enjoyed our time there and after a good night of sleep we drove to beautiful St Andrews.

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About CeciliArchitect

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