Anyone who has been to a hotel in Scotland will have fallen in love with it. It’s inevitable; the landscape, the history, the accent, the people… it’s all the stuff that great literature is made of (no wonder J.K Rowling was inspired in her Edinburgh café), and of course, great holidays as well.
Chief amongst Scotland’s beautiful locations is the Highlands city of Inverness, a beautiful hotel in Scotland, on the banks of the River Ness, which even by Lonely Planet’s lofty standards is recommended as the area’s chief attraction, providing an idyllic scenic stroll towards Ness Islands.
Linked to one another and the riverbank by Victorian footbridges, the islands are planted with mature Scots pine and fir trees, and when the weather holds it’s the perfect opportunity to tuck into a decadent picnic basket. Take a tipple in your hip flask and enjoy watching the Anglers catch salmon in the afternoon before completing a circular walk by returning on the opposite bank to your starting point on your way back to your chosen hotel in Scotland.
On that note, I recommend that you start at The Columba Hotel. The historic building dating back to 1881 has enviable views and a charming restaurant where you can refuel at the end of that day pottering about.
The hotel looks out not just at the river, but also at another of Inverness’s iconic attractions. The hill above the city is capped by the Baronial turrets of Inverness Castle, a pink sandstone confection of a building that dates back to 1847. It’s not open to the public but the views from the surrounding gardens are admirable – such is the theme of this particular hotel in Scotland.
If that heavy emphasis on walking tires you out at the mere thought, the water is your next stop. Loch Ness made its name thanks to legend and a little help from the movies, so a trip on the water with the likes of Jacobite Cruises seems as good an excuse as any to see what the fuss is about. They offer 90 minute cruises from Tomnahurich Bridge, pointing out the various landmarks along the way from the Caledonian Canal and onto the loch itself.
The day has to be completed with a little cultural jaunt, and for this there is nothing finer than the Eden Court Theatre. Drama, dance, comedy, film and music fill the calendar so it’s worth taking a peek before you head off, and plan what you want to see.
All in all, a hotel in Scotland offers a rich tapestry of things to do and places to go, but Inverness is most definitely one of the many jewels in its crown, perfect for a weekend getaway.