Today I’m bringing you some pictures from last weekend, our Inverness anniversary weekend, where Lynne and I took a short break to celebrate our second wedding anniversary.
It was quite a quick weekend break (don’t they always seem that way?). But it was, however, just nice to spend that quality time away together.
What was quite funny was that we choose a weekend where, whilst we were heading up through central Scotland, everyone else was heading down, in the opposite direction, to Glasgow, to the stadium beside where we live, to see Inverness Caledonian Thistle football team play against Falkirk in the Scottish Cup final! That did mean that there was a really excellent vibe in Inverness though, prior to the match on Saturday afternoon, the city buzzing with excitement and anticipation of the outcome of this historic football match as Inverness would attempt to win the trophy for the first time in the clubs history. How did they get on? We’ll find out at the end of this post!
This is the part where I sound like the Scottish tourist board and sell the benefits of visiting Inverness to you! So, just a brief summary, as otherwise you can read all about Inverness at that official site here!
Inverness is the fifith largest city in Scotland. The name Inverness is actually from the Scottish Gaelic name “Inbhir Nis” meaning “Mouth of the River Ness”, where the city is actually situated. That named river does of course flow from that exceptionally famous loch, Loch Ness, where the Loch Ness monster apparently currently resides!
The city is the most Northern city in Scotland, and in the United Kingdom, although the population is quite small, being around only 80,000. It’s also an extremely historic city. It’s location providing an ideal stronghold and vantage point over the last 1500 years for various feuding clans.
The current Inverness Castle, seen above, was built in 1836 over the site of previous defensive structures. It’s still used today, it houses Inverness Sherriff Court, so unfortunately it’s not open to the public.
You can walk up and down the banks of the River Ness and cross over at various points, as we did, and spent most of Saturday doing. Every now and then we saw glimpses of the sun, but mostly the overcast grey sky with an occasional shower of rain! And it was pretty cold, “Baltic” we would call it in Scotland. 😉 That necessitated in much time being spent sheltering in eating and drinking establishments. No complaints from me there about any of the excellent places we visited sampling home baking or local ale!
There’s plenty of Victorian structures like this bridge about. It’s known as Infirmary bridge. Built in 1879, it’s an iron suspension bridge. I have to let Lynne go in front of me as it’s one of those that sways from side to side when someone walks over it. Which she doesn’t like!
talk moan about our weather, but it really has been raining a lot. You can see that just from how much water is flowing down the Ness.
“Quick, just get a picture, the suns out” I’m pretty sure that’s what Lynne said at this point, as I was trying to get a good view to get all of this interesting statue in, without it just looking like a grey mass!
I hear there are some fine opportunities to catch salmon, grilse and sea trout here on the River Ness. I wonder if he caught anything?
The vegetation is pretty lush. A haven for birds and other wildlife. I did try to catch a photo of a Robin that was hopping about in front of us. Unfortunately it turned round at the wrong time, so there wasn’t much point in showing you the picture, you’d probably just think it was a sparrow.
A lot of the path we are walking on is actually the very end part of the Great Glen Way, which is a 73 mile walk from Fort William to Inverness. It’s one that I hope to do one day!
The castle through the trees. I wonder who lives here? And how much it costs to live here! A lottery win needed I think!
Lynne tries her hand at the outdoor fitness equipment in Whin Park. Apparently it was needing oiled that’s why she couldn’t work it. 😆 (That’s me getting my own back Lynne because you wouldn’t let me ride the miniature train there!!!)
So, eventually we make our way back up to the castle and you can see the view south here, one of the bridges were we crossed, as we meandered from one bank to the other in the distance.
Looking North from the castle, the River Ness eventually flows into the Moray Firth, which then flows into the North Sea. The main shopping area starts on the right of the bridge you can see.
So, that’s it. Something different from recipes today. But they will be back next week! In the meantime, if you enjoyed reading this and seeing our holiday / short break pictures, you might also be interested in our trips to York or Glencoe.
As always on a Thursday I like to link up with Amanda at Running with Spoons there’s plenty of excellent blogs to read going on over there!
Oh and great news (if you supported Inverness anyway) Inverness beat Falkirk 2-1 and won the Scottish Cup Final. Needless to say we pretty much avoided the town on the Saturday night. 😀