This Highland city is a magical place, mixing cosmopolitan urban activities with the beauty of Scotland’s history. Hotels in Inverness are a good place from which to explore the north of Scotland and take in its varied (sometimes bloody) past. A good first stop is Culloden Battlefield. This is where the 1745 Jacobite Rising culminated in the hard-fought Battle of Culloden. Just 45 minutes from the battlefield, you can explore Urquhart Castle, which was blown up by government troops stationed there as the Rising came to a close. Inverness is also an up-and-coming cultural hotspot. Eden Court is a three-building complex on the banks of the River Ness that hosts theatre, music and comedy, as well as contemporary and classic films in its cinema. A handful of art galleries, including Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Castle Gallery, showcase the best in local and international talent.