About Christian W
Lives in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Since Nov 2013
35-49 year old male
I've lived in Scotland for most of my adult life but am now largely based in the Montreal, Canada. I've been a travel writer for over a decade and have worked on projects big and small: from guidebooks through magazine and newspaper articles to apps and website content. Even when not working I'm always exploring – usually on one of my ten bicycles, and often using the one with the child seat for my young daughter!
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Battlefields, Historic Sites, Visitor Centres, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
A great place to get your bearings, start here to find out about the city's history and get an insight into Highland traditions. The display on Pictish (medieval Scottish tribe) history is of particular interest if you're heading up to the Black Isle.
This small, relaxed gallery lies in the shadow of the castle, and its broad range of art (paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glassworks and fine jewellery) by regional artists – and lack of pressure to buy anything – makes it well worth a stop.
The photogenic River Ness cuts Inverness in two and has lovely leafy paths that wind past dignified townhouses on either side. There are islands to explore too.
These gardens have a lovely array of exotic plants and cacti, and as many are in glasshouses, they're well worth a visit whatever the weather.
This eccentric attraction is the work of one man with a passion, and includes an intriguing 1:10 scale model of the Titanic along with several other vessels; fishing boats, trawlers and life boats among them. Kids will particularly love it as they are free to clamber at will!
This modest nature reserve is worth a visit if you have a little time on your hands towards the end of your walk around Inverness. You should see plenty of birdlife here – like herons and oyster catchers – and might be lucky with a seal, dolphin or otter sighting too.
While not terribly old by Scottish standards (1869), this cathedral is nonetheless worth a stop for its beautiful stained glass windows, Russian icons and Irish marble pulpit.
It was here on windswept Culloden Moor that the last battle on British soil took place – on April 16, 1746. Some 1500 Scots perished in what became a turning point in Scottish history. Walking around the moor is moving and thought-provoking, and its visitor centre, with its actors and multi-media reconstructions, is really well designed.
This pristine sand beach is a lovely place to wander whatever the weather. There are some rock pools to explore too and at low tide you can often see dolphins just off shore.
This is a great little museum devoted to the interesting 8th and 9th century Pictish carved stones found locally. One of the interesting exhibitions here concerns George Bain, the man who used mathematics to work out how the intricate carvings were created.
Chanonry Point, a spit of land below a lighthouse, is often an excellent spot to watch bottlenose dolphins close-up.