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Let's practise in...Inverness

A look at Inverness, Scotland's third city and capital of the Highlands

A look at Inverness, Scotland's third city and capital of the Highlands


Inverness is Scotland's third city and capital of the Highlands, located at the north end of the Great Glen where the River Ness flows into the Moray Firth.

Worth a visit?

Most definitely. The city is diverse and bustling with an attractive old town. The River Ness is the key focus. On its banks can be found attractions such as the city's red-brick castle built in the 1830s to house courts and administrative buildings, its cathedral and its Eden Court theatre.

Surrounding scenery?

The views along the Craig Phadrig trail ­ the wooded site of an ancient fortress on the western edge of the city ­ are spectacular with vistas of Moray Firth Bay, where bottlenose dolphins are regularly sighted. You could also visit Culloden Moor, where the last major battle on British mainland was fought in 1746, and Fort George, branded the finest 18th-century fort in Europe.


A three-bedroom semi-detached house will cost you around £160,000. It is a pleasant place to live, with low unemployment and the lowest pollution levels of any UK city.


There are 15 GP practices in Inverness.

Schools and colleges?

The choice of primary education is surprisingly varied considering the city's relatively small population. Five secondary schools serve the Highland area. The main centre for further education ­ the University of the Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute ­ is hoping to become a fully fledged university by 2007.

From the local press:

A father has been jailed for two months after joking he had a bomb onboard an aircraft waiting to take off from Inverness Airport.

Any famous residents?

During the 1970s, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page lived in a house on the shore of Loch Ness. Ex-children's TV presenter Terry Nutkin lives in nearby Fort Augustus.

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