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Inverness is the only city in the Scottish Highlands. It lies at the mouth of the River Ness as it flows into the Moray Firth in northwest Scotland. It is from this that the city derives its name; Inbhir Nis is Scots Gaelic for "mouth of the Nis". The river flows from nearby Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal connects Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy. Loch Ness is the home of the famous Loch Ness Monster, commonly known as Nessie. The city is the administrative centre for Highland Council, and was formerly the county town of Inverness-shire. The name Inverness is given to the most extensive of the Lieutenancy areas of Scotland.

The buildings of Inverness include Inverness Castle and St Andrew's Cathedral. The castle was built on the site of a previous building from 1835 and is now a Sheriff Court; an older wooden castle was located further east in the 11th century, and may have been the basis for the castle in Shakespeare's Macbeth. St Andrew's Cathedral has a curiously square-topped look to its spires, as funds ran out before they could be completed.

Islands in the River Ness, and the river banks, form a pleasant series of walks. The town is well served with shops, as it is the shopping centre for an area of nearly 26,000 km&sup2.

Inverness was granted city status by the Queen in December 2000, and celebrated its new status officially in March 2001. In 2001, the population of Inverness was 51 000. The city's economy relies mainly on tourism, with its many bed and breakfast establishments, and is boosted by tweed production, leather tanning, engineering, and distilling. Salmon fishing is also popular, and smoked salmon is a local delicacy. The city is also home to the football clubs Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. and Clachnacuddin F.C.

Inverness is linked to the Black Isle across the Moray Firth by the Kessock Bridge. It has a railway station with services to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Wick, Thurso and Kyle of Lochalsh. Inverness Airport is located 15 km east of the city and has scheduled flights to airports across the U.K. including London, Edinburgh and the islands to the north and west of Scotland.

Culloden moor lies nearby, and was the site of the Battle of Culloden in 1746, which ended the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-1746.

Inverness also serves as somwhat of a Mecca for lovers and players of the bagpipes. Every September the city hosts the Northern Meeting, the most prestigious solo piping competition in the world. the Inverness Cape, a garment worn by pipers in the rain, is acctually made by a man in Glasgow.

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