So we decided to leave the hectic London life for a weekend and enjoy a bit of fresh air, countryside and of course a great wildlife (of sheep and cows..). The decision was made in favour of Inverness, a lovely little city in the south of the Highlands. We flew from London to Inverness (yes, it does have its own airport!) and immediately after touching down, you are welcomed by super friendly people that are just a little bit more relaxed than your typical London fellow…
Just a quick taxi ride into the town was our hotel. Yes, we decided to stay in a hotel in the town of beautiful bed & breakfast hostels! But the hotel looked really nice and trendy and wasn’t that much more expensive than a good bed and breakfast place. Also, we wanted to be on the safe side. Had we known someone who could recommend a cosy bed & breakfast place, we might have actually gone with that option. And we didn’t regret our choice. The hotel we chose was the Pentahotel which had a really cool bar with a pool table – given the little lack of bars in Inverness, some of our friends in Inverness have now even added the hotel’s bar to their list of bar places for a night out :)
Brunch in Inverness
Inverness is such a lovely little city. You can pretty much walk everywhere and at the same time pass beautiful architecture and scenery.
We had really nice and surprisingly cheap (compared to London standards) brunch at a Riverside Restaurant on the river.
Things to do around Inverness
Black Isle Brewery
From Inverness you can go on lots of day trips! Our initial plan was to go skiing, however that really didn’t work out as apparently the wind was too strong and thus all lifts were closed and any sort of snow sports cancelled. Oh well, who needs skiing fun when you can play with cows and sheep?! On the Saturday we all went on little road trip up to Munlochy and visited the Black Isle Brewery. A really lovely lady showed us around and we tasted some of their beer sorts. I am usually not a big beer fan but I must say they were quiet tasty so we bought a few bottles as supply for the rest of the weekend. We did want to go to Whiskey distilleries but unfortunately none was open at weekends in February.. What a shame! Good thing we found lots of really lovely pubs that all had a huge selection of Whiskey :)
Of course, on the way we met the cutie sheep and cows :)
Driving further to the countryside, ok really, after seeing just enough cows and sheep we drove to the Chanonry Point to see dolphins. Seemed like they did not really want to show up that day so we just took lots of funny pictures (they are totally not safe to put here!) and went to a really cute restaurant where we probably drunk and ate for 4 hours!
Cosy Pub At Night
In the evening we had a super long dinner at the amazingly cute restaurant pub, Anderson.
Sunday Roast in the Countryside
Our Sunday mission was to see Nessie. Similar to the Dolphins, Nessie was a no-show! Nevertheless, the scenery looked great so we are not cross with Nessie. It was really quite early in the morning and of course, also little lake monsters need their sleep, don’t they?
We had brunch at a cute restaurant in the countryside, called Cawdor Tavern.
The food was really really good and also the style is just perfect for a Sunday Roast get together with your friends:) After we had all been fed, we drove a bit further and visited Nairn, a really cosy coastal town with beautiful houses and a pretty beach. If you’re also in Scotland and are looking for exceptional dining experiences, I hear troon restaurants have what you’re looking for.
Although there was no skiing, no Whiskey distilleries visiting, no dolphins and no Nessie (!) – we had an amazingly relaxed and fun weekend in Inverness :)