Inverness is regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Its location gives it some of the country's best weather and makes it an excellent base for visiting much of Scotland's finest scenery. There are also many attractions to see, including museums, ancient battlefields and beautiful walks. There are flights to Inverness from London, Birmingham and Manchester and from a slection of European cities. A cheap flight can be found online using a flight comparison website.Inverness Museum and Art Gallery provides a good introduction to Highland life and culture, with exhibits illustrating the wildlife, geology and history of the area. There are also fine collections of Pictish stones and ancient weapons, along with examples of Highland arts and crafts. Anyone with an interest in Scottish history will want to visit Culloden Moor, scene of the Battle of Culloden in 1746. A high-tech visitor centre brings the battle to life with eyewitness accounts, films and animations. For wildlife enthusiasts, the nearby Moray Firth is a good place to see dolphins and other sea life. You can book a trip at the tourist office and a free bus takes you to the departure point. For walkers, there are pleasant routes along the Caledonian Canal and the picturesque Ness Islands, as well as the ascent of Craig Phadrig, a small hill with the remains of an iron age fort at the top and a fine view of the Beauly Firth. If you feel up to a much longer walk, the Great Glen Way leads you 118 kilometres (73 miles) to Fort William. This will take a few days, but there is some great scenery along the way.
Inverness Airport is served by Flybe and EasyJet, thus a cheap flight is easy to find. The airport is 13 kilometres (8 miles) from the city. There are buses every half hour with a journey time of about 20 minutes. Taxis are available outside the terminal building and a number of car hire companies operate inside the airport. Bus services within the city are mostly operated by Stagecoach and are a convenient way of getting around the city.Many other parts of the Highlands are easily accessible from Inverness. You can take the train to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west coast - one of the most scenic journeys in the country. The fascinating landscapes of the far north-west, with their strange, isolated peaks and multitude of tiny lochs are easily accessible by car. To the south lie the skiing resort of Aviemore, the Cairngorm mountains and the Speyside whisky trail, which is a must for those who enjoy a good malt. Travelling further afield, the airport offers flights to Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.