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Review: Inverness

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Scotland, United Kingdom

First visit to Scotland

  • By SilverTraveller flora1

    11 reviews

    Ribbon

  • Sep 2013
  • Husband

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For many years I had wanted to visit Scotland where my paternal ancestors came from. They more than likely left at the time of The Clearances when landowners evicted the land workers and crofters. We have been retired for a while and we realised our visit was 'now or never'. We planned as much as we could ahead and left room to do the things that appealed when we were there. We flew to Edinburgh but had little time to see much other than a car ride through the city as we had booked accommodation in Perth so we could attend the Braemar Highland Games on the coming Saturday. The night before the Games we had a wonderful evening of traditional food and Scottish dancing at Mar, near Braemar, in the Cairngorm mountains. It was the first time I had seen men dancing in kilts! Everyone was so uninhibited and joining in, we found the people very friendly and helpful, especially when we had to ask for directions! One lady drove her car ahead to show us where to go! We arrived early at the Braemar Highland Games in time to see the first Highland Band march in. The sound was so moving I felt quite tearful when I thought of my father who had served in the Highland Light Infantry. After that we sat and watched all the Games, the tug-of-war, the dancing etc. and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Next day we transferred to Inverness, a beautiful city, the bridge, churches etc. Shopping was excellent, and we got the hop on hop bus. We also visited Banff, Fraserburgh, (very much a fishing port!) and the isle of Skye by train. Care needed here as not a lot of info or signs despite it's popularity and we could have got stuck on the island had we missed the last bus! so it would pay to book well ahead but the island was beautiful. The train to Skye was excellent value for the 2 or so hours of wonderful vistas of mountains and lochs and we returned during a glorious sunset, never to be forgotten. We also visited many castles including Blair, Stirling, and others. We stopped off at whim when we saw the brown 'visitor attractions' signs. We had a boat trip on the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness (didn't see Nessie though!) visited the ruin of Urquhart castle where there is a good 8 minute film in the little theatre there. We could have done with much more time in Scotland, there is so much to see and do, especially if you are seeking your ancestors and have been doing your genealogy, as we had, and studied the history before going. You can visit the Inverness Registry Office to check on your ancestors too. The Scottish Royal lineage is so interesting. Even children love the Castles, the stories of Knights and Princesses! The weather was good, we didn't need our heavy coats, which the locals say is unusual! Overall a wonderful experience and we really hope to return to Scotland one day!

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  • ESW
    almost 7 years ago
    No, in Scunthopre, about 400 miles south. It has a very special place in our hearts as we went to Inverness on our honeymoon in 1970. My mother was horrified as people didn't go to places like that on honeymoon!
  • flora1
    almost 7 years ago
    Thank you for your comment. Scotland was everything we hoped it would be, and the people so kind to us. If we are able to go again one day we will certainly visit Thurso! Of all the places we visited Inverness has a special place in our hearts! Do you live near Inverness? Kind regards, Sheila.
  • ESW
    almost 7 years ago
    You had a marvellous time. The train journey from Inverness to kyle of Lochalsh for Skye is so beautiful. Next visit you must do Inverness to Thurso (or Wick) which is equally as good.

    There is so much to do and see from Inverness. Do come back and spend even longer next time!