Inverness, capital of the Highlands, is the perfect base for exploring some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery, thrilling history and vibrant culture.
Thanks to the city’s Botanic Gardens it’s also a a wonderful year-round destination for gardeners. We’re giving away a two-night stay for two at luxurious serviced apartments which enjoy some of the finest views in Inverness – and a voucher to spend in the Gardens’ Cobbs coffee shop.
Put your feet up in your own home-from-home overlooking the River Ness, near Inverness Castle. Shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars are all just a short stroll away. Highland Apartments are part of the Mansley Group, which also has top-of-the-range properties in London and Edinburgh, perfect for a short break or business trip.
The one and two bedroom apartments offer all the flexibility of self-catering accommodation with the added benefits of a daily housekeeping service and facilities such as breakfast hampers, discounted dining, and free parking and Wi-Fi.
Opened in 1993 by Prince Edward, Inverness Botanic Gardens, formerly known as the Floral Hall and Gardens, are an oasis of calm and beauty within walking distance of the city centre.
With each new season the gardens are an explosion of colour and texture with borders planted to demonstrate a wide variety of plants and growing conditions. The impressive glasshouses reveal the drama of plant diversity ranging from tropical rainforest to arid, heat-scorched desert.
In the Tropical House which mimics the hot, humid tropical regions of the world, the plantings are a mixture of the familiar and the spectacular. Some of the most popular house plants derive from rainforests and can be seen growing alongside important economic crops such as coffee. A waterfall cascades into a pond filled with friendly Koi carp, surrounded by showy tender plants such as Bougainvillea, Bird of Paradise and orchids.
In the adjoining cactus house, the amazing sculptural shapes of hundreds of species are planted among 75 tonnes of rock – a stunning reminder of the beauty of these plants which survive in the harshest of environments.
There’s much more to do in Inverness and the surrounding area. Eden Court Theatre, the largest arts venue in Scotland, is just across the river from Highland Apartments and Loch Ness is only six miles away. Go dolphin-spotting on the Moray Firth at North Kessock, or take the kids to the Landmark Forest Adventure Park at Carrbridge or the Inverness Aquadome.
On the city’s outskirts is the moorland of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite cause perished in 1746 in the last battle fought on British soil.
Inverness Castle, whose earlier version was supposedly the scene of the murder of King Duncan in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, opened a viewing tower in 2017, offering magnificent views of the city and surrounding area.