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Inverness lies in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, where the winding River Ness works its way out into the Moray Firth. It's a highly underrated Scottish beauty, whose Old Town is made up of rows of splendid Victorian terraces, punctuated by a soaring cathedral and a century-old indoor market. While most use Inverness bed and breakfasts as a jumping off point for hikes in the Highlands, there's much to offer those who stay in town. Fascinating museums, theatres with packed calendars of events and some fine retail spaces are all within walking distance. Of course, if all that sounds just a little like too much effort, you could always mingle with the locals over a pint or dram of whisky in one of the cosy pubs.
The bed and breakfasts in Inverness are as diverse as the owners who run them. Expect small, comfortable 19th-century cottages with just a handful of rooms, pretty stone-built farmhouses that put you within arm's reach of the Highland trails and stately tartan-clad affairs that add a pinch of luxury to your windswept Scottish getaway. There are lots of reasons why staying in a B&B around these parts makes sense – the personal touches not found in large hotels, the local knowledge of the owners and the comforting home-away-from-home ambience that these tiny little properties exude. Sold on a trip to Inverness and the Highlands? Expedia make it super-easy to find the right Inverness bed and breakfast, with their exhaustive list, complete with photos and descriptions. Once you've found your match, booking is just a few clicks away.
You can feel right at home when you check into your bed and breakfast in Inverness. Unpack your things into the chest of drawers, fire up the laptop – using the free WiFi to start researching things to do – and hit the button on the kettle to make a hot drink. Most of the guestrooms are individually decorated, have private ensuite bathrooms and have many of the facilities you might find in a modern hotel. After a good night's sleep, you can tuck into a hearty Scottish breakfast, before making a beeline for the nearest historical attraction or hiking trail. If this is part of a longer tour of Scotland, you could always make Aberdeen – the Granite City – the next stop on your itinerary.
There's lots to do in town, but one of the biggest draws for visitors is the world's most famous loch, whose legends of an underwater beast that reportedly lifts its head out of the water on occasion need little introduction. Whether you catch a glimpse of Nessie or not, you won't be disappointed by the sheer beauty of Loch Ness, whose backdrop includes the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle. Just a few miles away, you can amble through the manicured gardens of 15th-century Cawdor Castle, or tie your own rag to the eerie Celtic Munlochy Clootie Well. Back in town, you can swing by Falcon Square to see the Mercat Cross, designed by Gerald Laing, or score tickets for one of the workshops or theatre productions at the Eden Court Theatre. While you're in the Highlands, it's almost criminal not to try a dram or 2 of the good stuff and learn about the drink's production in one of the nearby traditional whisky distilleries.