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along the river banks (in the direction of the Caledonian Canal)
and you'll find the Ness Islands where you can escape from the
hustle and bustle of the shops. Cross the river on the little
bridges and you can visit Bught Park. Close by you will find the
Floral Hall - a sub-tropical horticultural extravaganza with small
waterfall, fish and alsorts of plants/trees (open all year round).
Small admission charge. I particularly like the cactus hall -
quite a surprise!
Here are some facts about Inverness-Shire:
Inverness-shire contains another county called Nairnshire,
or more accurately, a part of Nairnshire. A neighbouring Scottish
county lies right in the middle of Inverness-shire.
Inverness-shire is home to Loch Ness, 24 miles long, and
1 mile wide, in places it is 700 feet deep. It is of course the
legendary home of the Loch Ness monster. The area is also a flight
path for birds migrating between the Atlantic Ocean and the North
Sea. You might spot a buzzard or even an eagle while in Inverness-shire.
The Caledonian Canal was planned and built at the beginning
of the 19th century by Thomas Telford. The idea was to connect
the east and west coasts of Scotland, so save ships a lengthy
detour round the north of the country. Running from Inverness
in the east to near Fort William, the canal is about 60 miles
long. It's 28 locks include Neptune's Staircase, a flight of eight
locks at Corpach in Inverness-shire, which has a total lift of
Inverness is Scotland's 2nd newest city, it was granted
as a city in 2000. But even as a town, it was a winner, Inverness
received the 1996 Award for Best Large Town in the annual 'Bloom
of Britain' competition.
Fort William grew from a settlement next to a fortified
barracks, named after William of Orange. It was built to control
the local population after Oliver Cromwell's invasion during the
English Civil War.
At 4,406 feet, Inverness-shire's Ben Nevis is the highest
mountain in the UK. The simplest and most popular ascent to the
summit is the 1883 Pony Track also known as the Ben Path, Mountain
Path or Tourist Route, that begins at Achintee near Fort William
in Inverness-shire. During a clean up of the peak in 2006, a piano
was found buried under one of the many cairns. It's thought it
was carried up there in a charity stunt 20 years earlier.
Shinty, a variant of the Irish game of hurling, is now
played almost exclusively in the Highlands. Inverness-shire's
shinty team 'Kingussie Camanachd' has featured in the Guinness
World Records as the world's most successful sporting team of
all time. It won 20 consecutive league championships and went
unbeaten for four years in the early 1990's.
Here are just some places to visit in and around Inverness-shire:
Inverness-Shire IV63 6XJ
Airport Road Dalcross Inverness
Inverness-Shire IV2 7JH
of The Earth
St. Annes Corpach Fort William
Inverness-Shire PH33 7JL
of Culloden 1746
& Art Gallery
Floral Hall & Visitor Centre Inverness