Golf? Hiking? A glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster? There are many reasons to travel to Inverness, the commercial and culture nucleus of the Scottish Highlands. Merely driving from the airport offers stunning views of the highlands where sheep outnumber people ten to one. From scotch to spas to white water rafting, there is plenty to do in around this "bonny wee town." Travel and Leisure's Inverness Travel Guide will see you through the best of the Scottish Highlands.

Things Not to Miss in Inverness

• Take a drive around the perimeter of the Loch Ness, followed by a boat trip across its murky waters to the ruins of Urquhart Castle with Discover Loch Ness Tours.
 • Sample a number of whiskeys from the distilleries that house the likes of Glenlivet and Aberlour on the Speyside Malt Whiskey Trail.
 • Learn about men's skirts at the Kiltmaker center.

When to Go to Inverness

Visit Inverness during the summer for the best weather, but pack an umbrella because you can expect rain year round. Traveling just before or after the peak summer months are best times to avoid the summer rates. Winters are cold with the highlands capped in snow so wrap up warm and prepare to hit the slopes.

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