Inverness 1. Around the castle

Inverness is a city of 58,000 people in the north of Scotland. It is found at the mouth of the river Ness and is where The Caledonian Canal, which conects the east and west coasts of Scotland starts. It is easily reached by road (A9 from the south) and rail. The city termed the Gateway to the Highlands as most tourists going to the Highlands pass through the city.
The city centre is quite compact with several areas pedestrian only and a large shopping centre. The city is dominated by Inverness castle which is used as a courthouse.
Places to visit include; Culloden battlefield; Inverness Museum and Art Gallery; Loch Ness (monster); the Caledonian Canal and visit the Titanic!

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1. Around the Castle (8 pubs)

From the city centre find the traffic bridge crossing the river. the castle looks out over this bridge. Walk up river under the castle keeping to the river side when the raod splits. this takes you past the stsues of Faith, Hope and Charity. Along this road you you will find The Glen Mhor Hotel, then The Waterside and then Glenmoriston. retrace your steps to the statue and turn up the road here to take you around the Castle. At the top of the short hill there is The Castle Tavern. Leaving walk down the righthand street across from the castle. As it flattens out you will find the small entrance to the impressive Number 27.
Leaving No 27 continue to the pedestrian area and discover The Caledonian. After here a walk down to the river will take you past The Galliens. Finally at the river turn right to find Johnny Foxes

Nico's at Glen Mhor Hotel. The bar is attached to Nico's Restuarant where you go down a few steps to a very comfy lounge. Lots of couches with low tables and a dozen small tables with assorted chairs. The place for a rendezvous though try not to get it as your round in a crawl. Outside tables looking over river at front.
Have one here
real ale : Trade Winds (Cairngorm)
Heavy :Bellhaven Best
lager :Great Glen lager; Heiniken
cider : Strongbow Bellhaven Black

The Waterside Hotel has a large restuarant over looking the river. As you eneter the restuarant the bar is hidden to the right. This comprises a small lounge room with couches and then through to a smaller attractive room with the bar, lots of stools and a couple of tables.
Outside seating on grass
Have one here

real ale : Trade Winds (Cairngorm)
heavy : Bellhaven Best
lager : Fustenberg Carling,
cider : Aspall Guinness

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Glen Moriston Townhouse Hotel comprises two restuarants, The Abstract and Contrast, and a Piano Bar. The bar was very quiet and dark with dark chairs and tables. Can have bottles of Black Isle.

heavy : Bellhaven Best
lager : Peroni,

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The Castle Tavern has a triangular outside seating area and a smaller bar inside. There is also a pub restuarnt upstairs. The bar is small with only a few tables plus a raised area with a another couple of tables. Atomospheric and always busy.
Good Beer Guide (CAMRA) 2013-2016
Have a couple here
real ale (4) : APA and Blonde (both Windswept);
Trade Winds, Slainte; Ashes (Marstons)
Happy Chappy; Peter's Well (Houston);
heavy : Bellhaven Best, John Smith
lager : Carlsberg, Tuborg, Werenstephen,
San Miguel
cider : Aspall Guiness

Number 27 is a lovely cafe bar. Tables for sitting at at the front, then the bar with seats for two opposite, followed by a wider area housing the restuarant.. Wood panelling half way up wall , painted a light green gives a nice feel to the bar. 4 Real ales + 10 bottled ales on Saturday
Good Pub Guide 2013 & 2016
Have a couple here
real ale (4) : Light Ness, Red Ness, Wilder Ness (all from Loch Ness Brewery); Lia fail; Windswept Blonde
heavy : Bellhaven Best, McEwans 80/-
lager : Peroni; Hoegarden
cider : Strongbow Guinness

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The Caledonian is a Smiths & Jones pub. It has a better feel than most chain outlets. Lots of booths opposite the long bar. Lots of lager but possibility of real ale. Family dining at rear.
Have one here
real ale (3) : all pump clips reversed but Deuchers was on!
heavy : John Smith
lager : Stella; Tennent's; San Miguel; Peroni;
Fosters; Carling
cider : Aspall Guinness

The Gellions is the oldest pub in Inverness - although it is only from 1840. Open area at front for performing bands - nightly. Then there is the bar with tall tables. Down a few steps to more seating. At the right of the entrance is a lane taking you to the back bar known as Monty's - this goes through a smoky outside courtyard. Food served daily
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Have one here
lot of bottled Scottish Ales available.
heavy : John Smith; McEwan's Export
lager :Fosters; tennent's; San Miguel; Stella
cider : Strongbow Guinness

Johnny Foxes is a large basement pub across the road from the river. Signs say that it is an Irish pub but the harp was the only sign of it. Large area for dining with some booths. Bar serves on three sides. Entertainment every night
Have one here
real ale : Trade Winds
heavy : Caledonia Best; Enber
lager :Stella 4, Tennent's,
cider : Magners; Applestone


Other trails
2. Across the river (6 pubs)
Starting again at the bridge only on the opposite side it is the shortest and one with the widest quality of pubs

3. City Centre (10 pubs)
These 10 pubs reflect what you would expect to find in a city centre with a mixture of music venues, one roomed pubs, cocktail bars and food places - some try to fit more than one description.

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