Inverness is a city in Northern Scotland and regarded as the capital of the Highlands. Inverness is an important centre for bagpipe players, and it hosts the northern meeting, a solo piping competition each year. The highland games has been held here and the heavy events - caber tossing - attracts \'heavies\' from around the world. Inverness castle sits on a cliff overlooking the river Ness. The red sand stone structure was built in 1836. It houses the Sheriff court and there has been a castle on this site for many centuries. The castle is not open to the public but the grounds are. Inverness cathedral is also known as the cathedral church of St. Andrew. It is situated by the river Ness. Loch Ness is a large deep freshwater loch southwest of Inverness. Loch Ness is best known for its alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness monster, known as Nessie. It is reported that the monster has lived in the loch since the 1930\'s and many expeditions have set out to find the monster. Scientists admit that essentially the Loch Ness monster is only a myth. Nairn is an ancient fishing port and market town to the east of Inverness. The town is best known as a seaside resort.
Fort William is the largest town in the Highlands and a tourist centre. Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and located in the Scottish Highlands close to Fort William. The three peaks challenge is a mountain endurance challenge in GB in which participants attempt to climb the highest peaks of England, Scotland and Wales. The mountains are climbed in order of height, Ben Nevis being the first, then Snowdon in Wales and Scafell Pike in north west England. Just outside Fort William is a large downhill mountain bike track which attracts thousands every year, including international competitors. The Nevis range ski area is located two miles north east of Ben Nevis. The ski resort is used for ski-ing and snowboarding in the winter. The Ben Nevis distillery is a single malt whisky distillery at the foot of the mountain to the north of Fort William. It is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and a popular visitor attraction. The water used to make the whisky comes from a stream that flows through Ben Nevis.
Glen Coe is a glen named after the river Coe which runs through it. It is a favoured site for climbers and hill walkers.