Inverness was an unexpected highlight to end our first leg of our summer in Europe!
We flew to Inverness from Portugal. Unfortunately, we missed our flight in Lisbon (because we forgot about going through passport control and waited in the lounge too long to get to the plane) and had to fly through London, with an overnight near the Gatwick airport. We arrived in Inverness a little later than expected, but were pleasantly surprised when we got there. The weather was crisp and sunny, which all the local people were quick to remind us doesn't happen very often.
We took a taxi from the airport to our hotel, dropped off our bags, and went to get lunch at a small sandwich shop. After eating, we had a little bit of time before our bike tour so we walked around a very old cemetery near the hotel. It was fun to see all the Mackenzie headstones, since we were in the middle of watching Outlander.
The bike tour was fantastic! It was a private tour, since no one else had signed up for the time we booked. Our guide was a local woman who had lived in Inverness her whole life. She took us past the cathedral, through the islands in the middle of the River Ness, to the small botanical garden, past the shore, by the locks in the river, and all around the area of the town. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and we learned a lot about places, tradition, and people in Inverness.
Our second day in Inverness was full. I had seen a bookstore that was in a converted church on Instagram and wanted to visit. Inverness has many churches near the river running through the middle of town and several of them have been converted to businesses. It was fun to walk around the bookstore. We even found a book called "Uncle Boo"-and I have an Uncle Boo, so I had to take a picture!
We really enjoyed walking around the town. This bridge, over the River Ness, is a suspension bridge and shook when we walked over it. It was a little freaky, but the view from the middle was worth it!
When in the land of scotch, you go to a distillery! We went to Singleton, which was about 45 minutes on the train outside of Inverness. Their visitor's center was newly constructed and I loved the design with the bold blue and copper. While I don't love the taste of scotch, seeing all the steps that go into producing it make me appreciate the drink more. We were able to see the steps of distilling the scotch then taste three different varieties of Singleton scotch. The tour was great and it was a fun way to see a different part of the area!
We took the train back into Inverness and went to a small bar called "The Malt Room". This bar specializes in whiskey and Brennan was able to do a tasting. I enjoyed the smells of the whiskey, but didn't taste anything. We ended up sitting near a few of the bartender's friends and spent awhile talking to them about the comparisons between the US and Scotland (they asked about Wawa, of all things!). They were friendly guys and made it a very memorable evening. We loved our time in Inverness and said we would go back again sometime.
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Since June 2022, we have been traveling to learn more about ourselves and the world around us.