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I’m participating in the #AtoZBloggingChallenge 2016 with the theme – Pins on the Map of my Memory – which is about places that bear a special connection with me for reasons mostly personal!

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I for Inverness

On the banks of the River Ness, in the South of the Scottish Highlands, lies the picturesque city of Inverness.

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The city of Inverness

Many years back, we discovered this small and compact city, quite accidentally, during a last minute decision to book ourselves on a 3-day tour of the Scottish Highlands on a visit to Edinburgh. Those days I was a postgraduate student at Bristol and since it was my very first term break, Jay and I decided to travel up north to spend a few days exploring Scotland.

Perched picturesquely above the river, The Inverness Castle sits perched above the river Ness, and dominates the horizon.

We found Inverness to be very impressive as a city, with its’ old historic buildings, lovely riverside restaurants, and bustling cafes that were thronged by tourists.

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Inverness city centre

Our tour guide took us to Culloden Battlefield, where now stands a visitor centre that brings to life one of Scotland’s most famous battles ever to have taken place between the Scots and the English, in the form of an interactive exhibition.

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The Visitor Centre

We also took a cruise into Moray Firth nearby, to see one of the world’s most beautiful coasts and finally, ended the day with a visit to the famous Loch Ness, a large, deep, freshwater lake in the Scottish Highlands best known for alleged sightings of ‘Nessie’, the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster. Having heard so much about the legendary Monster and the beauty of Loch Ness, we were only too glad to have been there, taking it all in, in spite of the limited time we had before calling it a day.

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Loch Ness at sunset

As dusk set in, we bid adieu to the “Gateway of the Highlands “and left early evening, leaving our wish for a caelidh night for the next time!

 

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