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Motorhome and Campervan Rental in the Highlands

Posted by: HITS Highland Motorhomes Mar 3, 2015

Inverness is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands and is a great place to start your motorhome rental adventure in Scotland.

Inverness Castle HighlandsInverness lies within the Great Glen and is the most northern city in Scotland, one of its most iconic landmarks has to be Inverness Castle. The impressive red sandstone Inverness Castle sits atop a cliff in the centre of Inverness. Completed in 1836 by architect William Burn the castle currently serves as the Sheriff Court but the grounds are open to the public 24 hours a day.

Behind the castle you’ll find the Inverness Visitor Information Centre your one-stop shop for accommodation, activities and attractions in the Highlands.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is tucked in between the Visitor Centre and Inverness Castle. The first museum in Inverness was opened in 1826 and its collections were inherited by the current museum, which was founded on the current site in 1880. The most recent refurbishment in 2006 saw the addition of a range of new displays and visitor facilities. Experience Highland contemporary art and crafts and explore Scottish history.

Just a short walk from Inverness city centre you’ll find a leisurely walk along the River Ness which takes you to the beautiful Ness Islands. The Islands are linked to the river banks and each other by original Victorian suspension footbridges and are planted with native Caledonian pinewood. You’ll get lovely views of Inverness, including Inverness Castle, and at night the walk is lit by lights amongst the tress, making it an enchanting evening walk too.

River Ness and Ness Islands Inverness Highlands Motorhome Parking nearbyWhin Park Inverness HighlandsYou can easily walk from the city centre to Ness Islands but if you prefer to park closer there’s parking that’s suitable for your motorhome hire vehicle about 200m after Eden Court on the left hand side or at the entrance to Whin Park.

Along the walk you pass St Andrew’s Cathedral. Designed by Alexander Ross and completed in 1869 it’s built with Red Tarradale Stone and has some beautiful stained glass windows and marble carvings. There’s bell practice every Thursday evening and there’s something really peaceful about walking along the river whilst the cathedral bells fill the air. It’s open to the public 8.30am to 6pm daily. There’s also paid parking behind the Cathedral that’s suitable for a motorhome.

A short walk past the Cathedral you’ll find Eden Court, a large theatre, cinema and arts venue – the creative hub of the Higlands. They have a lovely café and restaurant area and you’re free to view their current art work which often showcases local talent. They also have a number of classes throughout the year and if you’re a literary fan we would definitely recommend checking out their Masterclass timetable as some very talented writers hold writing classes on Thursdays.

If you have kids with you a trip to Whin Park is definitely worthwhile. There are four separate adventure play areas including zip lines, crashed plane feature and climbing structures with slides, plus plenty more. There’s a gym area at the far end and a large duck pond with boats to hire in the warmer weather. You’ll also find Ness Islands Railway, a 7 ¼ inch gauge miniature railway covering a journey over ½ mile long. It’s also the most northerly miniature railway in Scotland. There’s well maintained public toilets and in all but the coldest months you’ll be able to buy warm drinks, snacks and ice-cream from an onsite kiosk.

Inverness Botanic Gardens is a brilliant escape from the rain and cold weather and is a calm oasis of tropical plants in the warmer months. It’s free entry and you can buy plants and local Scottish produce or have a coffee in their newly renovated café. We can personally recommend their Gluten Free selection and they have treats especially for children too. There’s also parking for your rental motorhome directly outside or in the Aquadome car park.

Inverness Botanic Gardens HighlandsIf the kids have some energy to burn head over to the Aquadome. Inverness Leisure has two large swimming pools; there’s lane-swimming in the competition pool or a fun-family day out in our leisure pool. The leisure pool has a large wave pool, river with jets and geysers, 3 flume rides and an outdoor (thistle shaped) pool, family-sized spa bath and toddler pool. In the school holidays there’s also a water obstacle course in the competition pool.

Next time in our Motorhome and Campervan Hire around Inverness and the Highlands series we’ll be heading down the Caledonian Canal.

Why not start your Highland adventure today by renting a motorhome from HITS Highlands Motorhomes.

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