Though there are many small villages and towns in the Scottish Highlands, there is only one city - Inverness. This city is situated in North-East Scotland at the mouth of the River Ness from which the city derives its name. This city is quite old and has many attractions and - being the only city in the Highlands - it is a great starting point.
Inverness Castle is one of the more popular sites and it is currently being used as a court house. St Andrew's Cathedral is another and its situation on the banks of the river Ness provides a scenic setting. The oldest church in the area is Old High Church which is situated on St Michael's Mount next to the river. It is also thought that it was near the city of Inverness that Macbeth of Shakespeare fame built his fortress.
The area where Inverness is now established was inhabited by the Picts many centuries ago. Today you may make your way up to Craig Phadrig where you will find an ancient fort once used by these natives. The area also makes for interesting and scenic walks - some of which will take you past the Moray Firth where you will be able to see all kinds of wildlife. You might also visit the wildlife park near Inverness and see some animals not native to the country.
If shopping is more your thing, you might try the Victorian Market or the Eastgate II shopping complex. Both offer a world class shopping experience. Perhaps you'd rather try some angling? Well you can get a day pass to try your hand at catching some Salmon on the Ness Islands. Or if you want a more fantastical experience, follow the river to the famous Loch Ness where you can try catching a glimpse of the fabled Loch Ness Monster.
Whatever your preference, you can be sure you'll find something to enjoy in Inverness. It's a great city that stays in ones memory long after it has been visited.