Industry is light and varied with tourism being the single major income generator.
In the eighties the force of the Ness in flood washed away the rail link to the north of Scotland.
Leaving the city centre along the road which follows the north bank of the river westwards, we pass the cathedral with its truncated spires, the modern Eden Court theatre and arrive at the lovely Ness Islands where the river meanders around a series of gravel islands crossed by attractive Victorian bridges.
On the south side of the river here are some of Inverness' most expensive homes and the north side is a green area of football pitches and leisure complexes.
Shortly, in the west, a strange isolated hill is seen.
It would make good sense to learn a little about the area.
As part of this we will now take a journey around Loch Ness orientate the reader.
Let us start in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.Inver means "mouth of" and so Inverness means "mouth of the Ness river". It leaves Loch Ness at the Bonar Narrows, separates from the canal at Loch Dochfour Then continues its way to the firths of Moray and Beauly through gravel beds deposited by the glaciers of the last ice age and upon which Inverness now stands.Made the Millennium City for Scotland in 2001 it has a growing population approaching 65,000.It remained a town until recently despite having a cathedral.Story has it that because funds ran out before the cathedral spires were completed, Inverness was denied city status.The city is the centre of administration for the Highlands and hosts the HQs of the Highland Council, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and other organisations.