Inverness, Scotland Cruise Port, 2018 and 2019 Cruises to Inverness, Scotland | The Cruise Web
 

Inverness, Scotland Cruise Port

A trip to the Scottish Highlands straight out of Brigadoon, the cruise port of Inverness, Scotland is more than just a little magic. Full of castles and rolling hills, Inverness (which means "Mouth of the River Ness") is situated near two historic battle sites: the 11th-century battle of Blàr nam Fèinne, and the 18th-century Battle of Culloden. Regarded as the capital of the Highlands of Scotland, an area featuring sparse population and multiple mountain ranges, this is the United Kingdom's most northernmost city. In case you thought Shakespeare’s Macbeth was fiction, think again. The real Macbeth was Gaelic king Mac Bethad Mac Findláich, who killed his predecessor Duncan I and kept a castle here. Despite what might seem like a background of treachery, Inverness is the happiest place in Scotland, according to a survey given to its residents. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Inverness, Scotland:
 
  • Tour the River Ness and view the Inverness Castle from below, then check out the castle and view the scenic river from above. The river will take you to the Ness Islands, popular for nature walks. The castle is good for a photo opportunity, but isn't open to the public.
     
  • The Highlanders' Museum at Fort George includes three floors of objects from every conflict ever experienced in the area. One of the largest regimental museums in Scotland, military buffs can explore more than 20,000 artefacts and 10,000 documents and photographs. The medal room is especially popular, showcasing honors bestowed upon the country's war heroes.
     
  • No British vacation is complete without seeing a proper garden, and the Inverness Botanic Gardens do not disappoint. Located near the city center are tropical plants, sculptures, and a lovely Koi pond. Afterward, stop for a cozy meal at the café, complete with tea or coffee and cakes.
     
  • The Inverness Cathedral or Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew is a must-see for religious history buffs. With construction completed in 1869, it may seem "new" by European standards, but the statues, stained-glass windows, and gorgeous exterior are worth a look (along with a great view of the river).
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