Two weeks ago, my boyfriend and I reached the two year mark in our relationship. Last year, we celebrated by taking a long weekend and doing a variety of things, including a day trip to Nairn Beach on an absolutely gorgeous day!
This year, we were lucky because it was another glorious and sunny day so we spent it lazing about and enjoying the day in Inverness.
Life has been really hectic lately (though I guess what’s new?) so we had a lazy morning relaxing, making cinnamon & maple syrup french toast and egg in a basket for brunch, doing silly quizzes online, and drinking mimosas because, why not?
After we finally got ready and headed into town, we decided to check out the new Inverness Castle Viewpoint. Inverness Castle technically serves as offices for The Highland Council and the court services, but they have recently redone the North Tower as a visitor attraction. The title is pretty self-explanatory but from the top of the North Tower, you get a 360 degree view of Inverness and the surrounding area. It opened up almost two months ago and we’ve been meaning to go ever since.
We were worried since it was such a beautiful day that it would be really busy and we wouldn’t be able to get tickets but surprisingly enough, it was really quiet! We bought our tickets (£5 each for adults, £3 for children), claimed our Viewpoint information leaflets, and made our way to the ‘Round Room’. The video in this room shows drone footage from the viewpoint and provides you with historical information about specific sights. I thought it was interesting but my boyfriend wasn’t too fussed.
After the brief presentation, we made our way upstairs, stopping in at the two different rooms that were set up to describe scenes of St Columba coming to Scotland to convert the Picts to Christianity and the Brahan Seer, whose prophecies were infamous. Both rooms were simple but nicely refurbished with pretty cool comic book strip wall art depicting St Columba’s journey.
Finally, we made it up to the top and it was absolutely worth it. We stayed up there for about 15 minutes, taking pictures of the views and enjoying the weather on a pleasantly peaceful afternoon. I can’t speak for when the weather isn’t so nice (though I would think certain aspects are still impressive) but on a sunny day, the views are just fantastic. Even as someone familiar with Inverness, I really enjoyed this different take on it from above, seeing the different areas of Inverness and placing the sights we had heard about in the Round Room. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone visiting Inverness.
After we left the castle, we decided it was time for a late lunch. We had vouchers for Pizza Express from Christmas – because nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a meal we don’t have to pay for ourselves! Again, it was pretty quiet there as we had missed the lunch time rush so it was nice to relax and chat about our trip to the castle and what we wanted to do with what was left of our day.
I realised when looking at the menu that Pizza Express should have been added to my vegetarian friendly restaurants in Inverness post. Although I had the Seafood Rigatoni from their Spring/Summer menu (which was absolutely delicious, for the record), they have 6 vegetarian starters, and around 9 mains – depending on whether you want pizza, pasta, or salad. All the puddings are vegetarian too, yay!
My boyfriend had the ‘La Reine’ pizza which he said was really nice but he preferred my pasta dish and wanted to go back again soon so he could have it himself! I also had the Pizza Express ‘Chocolate Fondant’ which was just so awesome too – who doesn’t love chocolate? Overall, a pretty fantastic meal. After our meal, we took a bit of a wander through the Eastgate centre, doing a little window shopping as we went and then headed home to relax again.
Overall, we had a pretty great day. We enjoyed going for a wander and seeing Inverness from the top of the viewpoint and had a great meal out too. It was lovely to spend time together and be relaxed and not have to worry about work or anything like that.
Hopefully, if you’re in Inverness, you’ll decide to take a trip to the Viewpoint. If you do, please let me know! I’d love to hear what you thought.