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17 Must-Visit Attractions in and Around Inverness, Scotland

Inverness | © Dave Conner/Flickr
Inverness | © Dave Conner/Flickr
Situated at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is surrounded by a wealth of places to visit, from internationally-renowned natural wonders to man-made marvels, the scope of things to see and do can be dizzying. To help, here are 17 of the very best.

Loch Ness

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Loch Ness by Sail
Loch Ness by Sail | © bobrayner / Flickr
The most famous loch in the world and home to Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, Loch Ness needs little introduction. Whether you decide to drive the short distance here from Inverness or walk or cycle along the canal and river, if there is one place every visitor to the city needs to see, this is it.
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Falcon Square

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Falcon Square Mercat Cross
Falcon Square Mercat Cross | © Haydn Blackey/Flickr
The new mercat cross for Inverness was designed by Gerald Laing and is made from sandstone with bronze castings. Featuring a falcon on each side, stooping to catch its prey, it is also topped by Scotland’s national animal; many visitors to Scotland, and quite a few Scots too, do not know that this is a unicorn.
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Botanic Gardens

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A sub-tropical wonderland in the north of Scotland, these gardens grow an astounding array of plants, from cacti to pitcher plants, with added fish ponds and even a waterfall. The sheltered outdoor garden is also colourful and an excellent place to walk around on a sunny day; sited between the Caledonian Canal and the River Ness, the opportunities to walk further are tempting.
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Nairn

Apart from the miles of sand, the challenging golf, the walks, the shops and the excellent places to eat, the beauty of this little seaside town is that it is only 15 minutes on the train from Inverness. The actress Tilda Swinton lives here, and with good reason; it’s a lovely corner of the world.

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