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Inverness is located on the northeastern coast of Scotland, in the middle of the Scottish Highlands. It is a main center for commerce and administration, and offers plenty of things to see and experience. In the Inverness Old Town you will find a beautiful Castle dating from the 19th century, the oldest Inverness Old High Church dating from the 18th century, and a very attractive Victorian Market where you can see and buy some interesting handicrafts, quality clothing or food. If you want to learn more about the history of the Highlands you should visit the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.
Because of the northern location, Inverness weather is slightly colder than at other places in Scotland. Summers are chilly with July being the hottest month with average temperatures of 14 C. January is the coldest and the wettest month of the year with average temperature of 4 C.
Among most attractive things to see in Inverness is the Inverness Castle. It is a fairly new castle dating from the 19th century. It was built on the place of an ancient castle which was destroyed by the Jacobites. The famous Loch Ness is just about ten kilometers away from Inverness and you can go on a boat cruise there. These cruises are very popular and run regularly every day of the week throughout the year. Another place worth seeing is the Caledonian Canal or the Ness Islands. They are located on the southern side of the inlet Moray Firth, and you can reach them by walking for about one kilometer upstream alongside the picturesque River Ness. Inverness is also good place for trying different water sports and for golfing. Cyclists will enjoy the pleasant rides along River Ness waterfront and through the Ness Islands. If you are interested in seeing quality Victorian and Edwardian art visit the Scottish Flair art gallery located near River Ness.
When it comes to shopping and nightlife, Inverness has many nice shops mainly located in the center of the city. There are also many good restaurants and traditional pubs for any budget. The music and theatre scene in Inverness is lively, with regular and very popular ceilidh nights. Ceilidh is an interesting event where you can see traditional Scottish folk singing, dancing and storytelling. These events are organized on many different venues throughout the city.
From Inverness you can go on a couple of nice excursions too. Winter sports lovers should know that there are two very good mountain resorts in close distance to Inverness. Besides top ski facilities both places offer many options for enjoying year-round activities, and both are well equipped with many shops and quality restaurants. The first place is the Cairngorm Mountain which is about fifty kilometers away from Inverness. This mountain is the only place in Scotland with a funicular railway. The second mountain resort is Nevis Range located in Fort William, about seventy kilometers away from Inverness. You can reach the top of the mountain there by riding on a cable-car gondola.