When I look back at five years of tour-chasing the British cast of the musical Rock of Ages since 2018, I of course first of all look back to the people I met, to the fun we had, to friendships I made. But I also look back to visiting places which might not have been on my bucket list without the show. Inverness is definitely a rather touristic place – and as I love Scotland, I might have visited it one day anyway. In late summer, I have been to the Northern Scottish town for a weekend, Friday to early Sunday morning. Unfortunately, I did not have that much time to explore the regional sights, but at least I had a lovely walk with lovely weather in late summer 2022. Here is a Pictured Story about my views of Inverness.
Inverness – Location & Transport
The roughly 50k inhabitant Inverness is the main city of the Scottish Highlands and also the largest and most important city in the North. The most famous regional attraction is Loch Ness, where hordes of tourists (and locals?) look out for a monster in the sea – or simply enjoy the lovely nature around. The city is having all kinds of infrastructure, including major stores of all kinds. Another reason for the fame of Inverness is that in the 11th century, Macbeth was reigned by Macbeth.
Despite the rather remote location of the city within the United Kingdom, the traffic connection is excellent. Inverness Airport (INV) comes with good connections to London Heathrow (LHR), but also otther European destinations like Amsterdam (AMS). There are also good rail connections to other parts of Scotland. Inverness Station even has direct train connections to London-Euston, which take about eight hours. The more well-known direct train to the British capital is the night train Caledonian Sleeper, though. You don’t need a car to explore the city itself – but there are a lot of regional sights, which require buses or individual mobility.
A Walk Through Inverness
My walk starts on the West bank of River Ness, right in front of the Premier Inn Inverness Centre River Ness, where I stayed during that weekend. However, I crossed the famous river right at the Greig Street Bridge (footbridge) and headed into the rather historic part of the city. You just cannot avoid enjoying the views of Inverness castle from almost everywhere in this part of the city. However, I first went into the city center and also looked at some of the windows of the local stores. Yeah, you may find some really beautiful things there – others are rather typical tourist stuff. A plush version of the Highland cattle is almost mandatory if you have kids at home.
The pictures below are taken at the Unicorn Statue, which is just a few steps away from Inverness Station. Right across the station, I headed into the beautiful Victorian Market and then strolled South, along Inverness Castle. At the time of my visit, it was closed for renovation. At the beautiful Ness Bank Church, I was back at River Ness and walked along it a few steps South, enjoying the views of Inverness and the people hanging out in the sun.
Along River Ness
The picture below shows Inverness Cathedral, which I will introduce to you in a separate posting. This area of Inverness might not be that much in focus, but it is really beautiful. Crossing the river again on the Infirmary Bridge gives you some additional great views of the historic part of the city and the castle. Heading up North, I also passed the Eden Court theater, where Rock of Ages has been played on that weekend. Passing the cathedral, I completed the round trip.