Queer Inverness in the Scottish Highlands – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 25th, 2018

Queer Inverness - The Nomadic Boys

“Stefan your crotch is completely showing under your kilt – be careful!”

Oh crap! Well, you try squatting down trying to position the tripod camera correctly, clad in a Scottish kilt worn “authentically”…!

The Scottish highlands is the stereotypical image of Scotland you imagine, with rolling hills, mountains towering over large glittering lochs and lots of thick lush green woodland. This is the place where the Scottish kilt originated from, haggis is a local specialty and of course a mythical monster resides. These are our 9 best things to do in the Scottish highlands, which you need to add to your Scotland bucket list.

RENT A KILT: and parade around Inverness Castle

Scottish kilts actually originated right here in the highlands near Inverness back in the 1500s. Back then they were traditionally worn in battle by the Scottish Highlanders. Interestingly, they were last worn in active combat in the 1940s during WW2 when the Royal Highland Regiment fought against the German army.

Today kilts are the official national dress of Scotland, worn mainly at state functions, also at weddings, funerals, festivals, and of course by curious tourists… And for anyone wondering, yes, of course we wore them “traditionally” – it would simply be rude not to! You can rent kilts for the day from many shops in central Inverness like Chisholms, then parade around the beautiful Inverness Castle.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Inverness: Capital of the Scottish Highlands

Author: , February 23rd, 2011
by Janice, Furan Guest House, Inverness, Scotland
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Dunrobin Castle, Inverness, Scotland

The Inverness RiverInverness (means mouth of the river – on the left) is known as the capital of the Highlands and is steeped in history, St Columba is said to have visited here in the 16 century AD and Macbeth is supposed to have murdered King David in 1040. Inverness flourished as a busy shipping port in the 13th Century exporting fur and hides it also supported a ship building industry.

Inverness Castle

Over the centuries Inverness and its Castle (pictured at right) have suffered many disasters – being razed to the ground by fire and rebuilt on a number of occasions over the centuries. There are many ancient buildings and monuments in and around the city of Inverness such as Abertaff House was built around 1593 and can still be seen in Church Street, along with Balnain House which was built in 1726 and served as a hospital for the wounded after the battle of Culloden.

The city is a great place whether you want adventure or just to relax and experience the great Highland hospitality. Through the day discover Culloden Battlefield the scene of the last Jacobite Rising of 1746 and Fort George which was built in case they ever thought of it again.

Loch Ness

How about Loch Ness (at left) and its world famous resident Nessie? There are wonderful cruises so that you can enjoy the scenery and splendour of this amazing loch www.jacobite.co.uk and also see Urquhart Castle which has an excellent visitor centre. If the Loch Ness monsters not for you how about a dolphin spotting trip, www.inverness-dolphin-cruises.co.uk.

Of course there are castles, no too far away is Cawdor Castle which dates back to the 14 century with its Macbeth connections and the beautiful fairy tale Dunrobin Castle www.dunrobincastle.co.uk (pictured at the top of this article) which boasts 189 rooms and goes back to the 1300.

There are Stone Age ruins, Pictish standing stones and circles, Clava Cairns is the site of a group of prehistoric burial cairns that were built about 4000 years ago. Another way to see the city and learn its history is a guided tour on foot or by rickshaw www.happy-tours.biz offer a number of guided tours and the famous crime and punishment walking tour is a unusual way to pass the time.

Eilean Doman Castle

Inverness is an ideal base to see the Highland of Scotland and get a taste of what’s on offer. A great day out is a visit to the Isle of Skye starting off in the morning after breakfast you can be in Portree (main town) for lunch, it is a leisurely two and half hour drive over the top road following the very scenic Highland railway line, then the same again coming back this time past one of the most photographed castles in the world Eilean Donan www.eileandonancastle.com (at right), then along the side of Loch Ness.

For the whisky connoisseurs there is always the world famous malt whisky trail through Spey side and seven working distilleries You can see everything from the making of the barrels at the Cooperage at Craigellachie to the art of making fine malt whiskies www.maltwhiskytrail.com . There are also full day trips that take you to the Orkney Islands and back in a day it’s a long day but an excellent way to get a glimpse at Orcadian life and maybe decide to visit there for longer the next time.

During the summer months there are lots of great music festivals locally the largest being Rockness which is held a Dores www.rockness.co.uk. Not only is this the most scenic location for a festival but it attracts many of the big names in music.

Belladrum Music Festival is held at the stunning Belladrum Estate near Beauly and has sold out for the last two years www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk. Both these festivals are within easy access from Inverness especially for those who love being part of the festival but prefer to have the luxuries of a nice warm bed at the end of the day.

The nightlife in Inverness has something for everyone all tastes and budgets are catered for. Dining out can be a relaxed bar meal, or an upmarket fine dining experience Cafe 1 and the Mustard Seed are just two of the popular restaurants in the city. During the summer months it can be difficult to get a table in the more popular restaurant but a bit of forward planning can overcome this.

Inverness BagpiperMusic is in the heart of Inverness with most bars offering live music; Inverness also has its own dedicated music venue the Ironworks where there are popular bands all year round www.ironworksvenue.com. Eden Court Theatre also offers a variety of shows through out the year. www.eden-court.co.uk.

All though there are no gay only venues, all bars in the city gay-friendly and welcoming to all. Check the Inverness based Highland LGBT Forum website www.gay-ness.org.uk for details of their regular events in the city. They host a night in Cactus Jaks on the first Tuesday of every month and at Hush Bar and Nightclub every Friday Night.

There are too many bars in Inverness to mention them all but some of the most popular are the Castle Tavern situated right in front of Inverness Castle it is featured in the CAMRA real Ale Guide and on a nice summers evening is a perfect place to sit and relax. Hootenanny’s it is a great place to hear traditional music and sample some of the locally brewed beer from the Black Isle Brewery.

It also has two other floors where the music can vary from Folk to Motown; if you get the chance try the Thai food it is excellent. Jonny Foxes on the river is a traditional Irish Pub and Restaurant serving quality food and offering a wide range of Popular and traditional Scottish music. It also hosts one of Inverness’s newest wine bars the Den which serves Pizza till closing time at 3.00am

Travelling to Inverness couldn’t be easier with the airport only 20 minutes drive from the city centre. There are daily flights from London Gatwick and scheduled flights between Inverness and Luton, Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Jersey, Manchester, Southampton, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Stornoway in the Western Isles, Kirkwall in Orkney and Sumburgh in Shetland.

The railway station is in the city centre and offers regular links with Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow several times a day.

WHERE TO STAY IN INVERNESS

Furan Guest House - InvernessFuran is a three star Guest House offering Value for Money, Quality Bed and Breakfast Accommodation. Personally run by the owners, you’ll experience a warm welcome as soon as you arrive in their home.

Furan offers a range of rooms, including a family unit (sleeps five) and double / twin rooms which can be set in a variety of combinations. It has off street parking and is a 10 – 15 minute walk from the city centre, restaurants, pubs, live entertainment, shopping, bus and train stations.