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Historic Battlegrounds and Riverside Galleries - Inverness Arts and Culture

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With more than 1,000 years of history behind it, Inverness is rich in castles, forts, and other picturesque relics of the city's eventful past. From medieval crafts to the Battle of Culloden, centuries of Highland culture are well-preserved in local museums and visitor centers. The contemporary scene is also thriving, and there's always a new play, gallery show, or workshop to attend in one of Inverness's impressive arts venues.

Art in Inverness

 

For a relatively small city, Inverness provides a lot of gallery and studio space for local artists and visitors who might appreciate their work. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery leads you from exhibits on the natural and social history of the Highlands to an upper level dedicated to contemporary painting and sculpture. Besides hosting workshops for local artists in a peaceful riverside environment, Highland Print Studio is open to the public, so you can admire the prints and even buy one to take home.

 

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

 

Right below Inverness Castle, this is the city's central treasure house of Highland art and culture. On the ground floor, you'll see ancient burial chambers and extinct Scottish wildcats before you climb the stairs to survey modern artworks.

 

Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3EB Tel: +44 1463 237114

 

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery website

 

Highland Print Studio

 

Inside this stylishly designed building by the River Ness, you'll find an impressive, open-access art-making facility. The fresh prints on the walls are all for sale, and even non-members are welcome to attend talks, join classes, and use the equipment.

 

20 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QU. Tel: +44 1463 718999

 

Highland Print Studio website

Historic sites of the Jacobite Rebellion

 

The history of Inverness has been packed with dramatic incidents, and the tranquil, romantic landscape has seen more than its share of bloodshed. Just outside the city is the Culloden Battlefield, where Scottish supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie fought and lost their last stand against English forces in 1746. And even a pacifist with little interest in military history might well be awed by the mighty Fort George, a huge defensive structure built soon after that battle in a spectacular coastal setting at nearby Ardersier.

 

Culloden Battlefield

 

You don't need to know much Scottish history to enjoy this near-sacred site near Inverness. Multimedia exhibits give you helpful info on both sides of the conflict, while a video re-enactment puts you virtually in the heat of the battle.

 

Culloden Moor, Inverness IV2 5EU. Tel: +44 844 493 2159

 

Culloden Battlefield website

 

Fort George

 

Many Scots and visitors take the historical side of the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie. But the enemy English base at Fort George still makes for a grand day out, rising from the wild landscape and bristling with 18th-century artillery.

 

The Common, Fort George, Inverness IV2 7TD. Tel: +44 1667 460 232

 

Fort George website

 

Contemporary theater and performance

 

Inverness Castle was the setting for Macbeth, Shakespeare's famous play about madness and murder among Scottish royals in the 11th century. The city is still fertile ground for theater, and a short stroll from the present-day castle is the multipurpose performance complex at Eden Court. At venues across Inverness, you can also catch Play Pieces, a regular program of new dramatic and comedic works by emerging local talents. A light lunch is served while you enjoy the show.

 

Eden Court

 

With its striking design and tranquil riverside setting, Eden Court is like a mini-palace for the performing arts. Whether you're into opera, ballet, comedy, or classic movies, you'll find something to your taste on its stage and screen programs.

 

Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA. Tel: +44 1463 234234

 

Eden Court website

 

Play Pieces

 

The unconventional venues for these lunchtime theater performances have included Inverness galleries, pubs, and vintage clothes shops. Each show offers you a brand new play to enjoy over a savory pie or sandwich, and perhaps even a pint of ale.

 

Various venues. Play Pieces website