Inverewe Garden (Poolewe) to Inverness
Across the Highlands from coast to coast
Follow the route - Inverewe Garden (Poolewe) to Inverness
Inverewe Garden (Poolewe) to Strathpeffer
> From Inverewe Garden (Poolewe) continue on the A832, turn right on to the A835 then left at Contin on the A834 to Strathpeffer.
What was once Europe’s most northerly spa remains a fine looking resort centred on a gathering of sturdy Victorian hotels and villas in wooded grounds. Strathpeffer’s redundant station has been restored to house craft shops, and in a pavilion in the square, you can sample some of the mineral-rich waters from local springs. Be prepared for a strong taste of sulphur! In the old days, spa visitors were expected to take vigorous exercise; so there is an excellent golf course, as well as a network of paths in a pleasant pinewood and, on the southern hills patrolled by sparrowhawks and kestrels, to the commanding viewpoint summit of Knock Farril.
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Strathpeffer to Inverness
> Return to Contin and turn left on the A835. Turn right on the A832 then at Muir of Ord turn right on the A862 through Beauly. Turn right on an unclassified road to Moniack and pass Moniack Castle. Turn right at a T-junction following the Rebeg sign, pass the start of the Reelig Glen forest walk, then continue over a bridge and uphill. Take the first tarred road left, past a house called Kilninver, turn left at a T-junction and immediately first right, then right at a Give Way sign on to the A682 to Inverness.
If you come from pretty much anywhere else in the UK, the so-called capital of the Highlands may not seem like the big city it purports to be. But with a fast-growing population of about 63,000, it’s by far the biggest community in Scotland’s far north. Granted city status in 2000, it’s now also the hub of the University of the Highlands and Islands, created in 2011. And in many ways, Inverness is a quite modern creation. The grand-looking, imposing red sandstone Inverness Castle dominates the town, but impressive as it looks, it’s actually a mundane administrative building, constructed in 1836 to house the Inverness Sheriff Court, a role it still fulfils, and so is not open to the public.