Inverness is a city in the Scottish Highlands. It is the administrative centre for the Highland council area, and the population is 58,963.
Advertised as “the Gateway to the Highlands” by the local authority, and long regarded as the capital of the Highlands, Inverness is the centre for commerce and industry in the Scottish Highlands, with continuing new investment in traditional industries and new hi-tech industries. It is also said to be one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.
Inverness Town House: Inverness Town House is located at the corner of Castle Street and High Street.
I was strolling in the town of Inverness without a purpose. The old Town of Inverness is not so large.
Inverness Castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness. The red sand stone structure was built in 1836. It is built on the site of an 11th century defensive structure. Today, it houses Inverness Sheriff Court. There has been a castle at this site for many centuries. The castle itself is not open to the public but the grounds are.
The pedestrianised High Street is always bustling with activity and with its unique blend of small Scottish shops, deservedly attracts visitors from all over the world.
The River Ness is a river flowing from Loch Ness in Scotland, north to Inverness and the Moray Firth. On a hill above the river in Inverness stands Inverness Castle. St. Andrews Cathedral lies along the banks of the River Ness.
Inverness Cathedral, St Andrew, is a cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church and seat of the ordinary of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness. The cathedral has a curiously square-topped look to its spires, as funds ran out before they could be completed.
Hotel Columba on Ness walk of the riverside, I had lunch at this hotel restaurant.
Tomales Bay is flat blue in the Indian summer heat.
This is the time when hikers on Inverness Ridge
Stand on tiptoe to pick ripe huckleberries
That the deer can’t reach. This is the season of lulls —
Egrets hunting in the tidal shallows, a ribbon
Of sandpipers fluttering over mudflats, white,
Then not. A drift of mist wisping off the bay.
This is the moment when bliss is what you glimpse
From the corner of your eye, as you drive past
Running errands, and the wind comes up.
And the surface of the water glitters hard against it.
By Robert Hass