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Inverness-shire – The Shining Jewel of the Western Highlands of Scotland


One of the few historic counties of Scotland, Inverness-shire (also known as Inverness) also used to stand out for being one of the most extensive counties as well, going all the way from Ross-shire and the Moray Firth to the north to Perth and Argyle to the south and from the Elgin, Moray and Aberdeen shires deep in the east, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean on the west. And beside that, Inverness-shire was also known as the most mountainous region in Scotland and home not only to many villages, but also to the burgh of Inverness.
Nowadays, Inverness is a district that belongs to the much smaller Highland region, which was created in 1975 by the Government of Scotland.

Brief History

At the beginning, Inverness-shire was known as a general-purpose county, which had the burgh of Inverness as its main town. Then, in the 1889, the Boundary Commissioners of Scotland was created and various territories were added and removed from Inverness-shire due to this new government body. And because of their intervention, the county of Inverness-shire ended up covering a large area that encompassed not only mainland territories but western islands as well.

However other than that, there are not many events of much consequence that surrounded the county in its early years. In fact, it is not until the 20th century that Inverness started its non-stop race towards progress.

In 1975, due to the Local Government Act of Scotland, the county of Inverness-shire ceased to exist and was divided in two main different areas, the Highland region and the Western Isles. Out of this two, the Highland region was composed of eight districts, one of which was called Inverness. However, for legal purposes, the Scottish Government still refers to the former county as Inverness-shire County sometimes. But nonetheless, the burgh of Inverness still holds its autonomy.

As its main attractions, Inverness sports some nice monuments of old, like a Victorian Market, St Andrews Cathedral or the Inverness Castle (used as a courthouse nowadays). All of these, along with a rich wildlife, come together nicely to give its tourists quite an experience.

However, one of the most notable attractions to be found nearby is the world-renown Loch Ness, which is said to be inhabited by a monster. Access to this lake is facilitated by Inverness due to its role as a gateway to the Highlands of Scotland.

Commerce-wise, due to the size of the whole region, the traditional industry started to develop at a quite fast pace and is still strong nowadays, since Inverness holds quite an important place on the Scottish Highlands business scene. Also, as a way to show how forward-thinking Inverness is, among their many future projects one stands out that deserves mention: A multi-purpose facility that will conduct bio-medical research and business incubation, just what an emergent society needs to develop its potential.