Let’s be honest, Inverness is pretty low in the hustle and bustle stakes, but if you do want to escape city life for an hour or two, on an Enid Blyton-style adventure, then just head to the Ness Islands.
They stand in the River Ness, opposite Bught Park. Take a trip over to the islands and it’ll feel like you’ve been instantly transported to some remote spot in the Highlands. There’s a wide variety of trees and wildflowers and you can use the linking Victorian bridges to watch the waters for seals and salmon.
It’s a family friendly spot; you’ll find a play area for children and, on the banks alongside, at Whin Park, the Ness Islands Miniature Railway, the UK’S most northerly miniature railway.