Inverness is is also named Inversnecky or The Sneck. Inverness resides at the edge of the Great Glen with Loch Ashie, Loch Ness and to the west Loch Duntelchaig. Inverness' Caledonian Canal gushes through the Great Glen coupling Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and Loch Ness.
The Ness Islands, a publicly owned park, consist of two wooded islands connected by footbridges and has been used as a place of recreation since the 1840s. Craig Phadraig, formerly an ancient Gaelic and Pictish hillfort is a 240m hill which offers hikes within a wooded terrain on a clear path.
For Bagpipe players and addicts Inverness is an integral area, with Inverness hosting the Northern Meeting each September. An item worn in the rain by pipers throughout the world called The Inverness cape, is not always crafted in Inverness.
In 2006 Inverness hosted Scotland's biggest ever Highland Games over two days in July, promoting the Masters' World Championships, the event that showcased 40 year old heavies. 2006 was the first year that the Masters' World Championships had been held outside the United States, and it attracted many top heavies from around the world to the Inverness area.
Eden Court Theatre is Inverness's main theatre. Producing a diverse style of music to the town, the summer music festivals, the Tartan Heart Festival and Rockness inhabit Inverness. Inverness is the location of Macbeth's castle in Shakespeare's play.
Mac Bethad Mac Findlaich aka The Red King held a castle within Inverness where he ruled as Mormaer of Moray and Ross. A Royal base was developed by the 6th century with the first Royal Charter being granted by King David I in the 12th century.
Paramount architecture in Inverness include Inverness Castle, Inverness College and several churches. The most ancient church in Inverness is the Old High Church, beside the riverside on St Michael's Mount, a site perhaps used for worship since Celtic times. The oldest remaining building in Inverness is the church tower dating back to the middle ages. It is used by the Church of Scotland congregation of Old High St Stephen's, Inverness, it is a venue for the annual Kirking of the Council, that local councillors attend.
The classic city centre was a triangle encompassed by High Street, Church Street and Academy Street, within which Union Street and Queensgate are adjacent to High Street. Between Union Street and Queensgate is the Victorian Market, which contains a large number of small shops.