Every year the city hosts its annual Highland Games, an event which celebrates Celtic culture, and includes a sport called Tossing the Caber. Tossing the Caber involves taking a large wooden pole at one end and throwing it as far as possible; in the past this game served a practical purpose - it was a way of creating a bridge to cross the narrow chasms in the mountains. The kilted muscle men who throw the cabers are called a "tossers”, but don’t even think about teasing them, they’ll be much bigger than you and these cabers, made from Larch trees, are usually around 19 feet 6 inches (5.94 m) tall, and weigh 175 pounds (79 kg).
Tossing the Caber - Dornoch Highland Gathering 2007, photo by foxypar4 on Flickr
If you have an Inverness Car Hire, travel just outside the city to catch a glimpse of Nessy. Nessy is the famous Lock Ness Monster who is said to inhabit the deep waters of the loch at the south side of the Moray Firth. Giant Nessy can live here because Loch Ness never freezes and it contains more water than all the other lakes in England, Scotland and Wales put together. One hundred feet down, the temperature always remains at 44 degrees Fahrenheit (6.6 degrees Celsius), and on a very cold day the loch actually steams; or maybe that’s Nessy’s breath. Travel just a little further on from the loch, along winding Scottish roads, and you will reach the Nevis Mountain Range where you can take a cable car up Aonach Mor, the mountain next to Ben Nevis, to check out the views.