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UK Place
Local nameInbhir Nis
LanguageEnglish, Scottish Gaelic
Council areaHighland
Lieutenancy areaInverness
Other Information
Postcode districtIV1-IV3, IV5, IV13, IV63 IV
Dialling code01463
UK ParliamentInverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Scottish ParliamentHighlands & Islands
Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber
Ross, Skye & Inverness West

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Inverness ( ; from the , -gdiɲɪɾʲˈniʃpron meaning 'mouth of the River Ness') is a city in northern Scotland. The city is the administrative centre for the Highland council area, and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands of Scotland. The city lies near the site of the 18th century Battle of Culloden and at the northeastern extremity of the Great Glen (An Gleann Mòr), where the River Ness enters the Inverness/Moray Firth making it a natural hub for various transport links. It is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom. A settlement was established by the 6th century with the first royal charter being granted by Dabíd mac Maíl Choluim (King David I) in the 12th century. The Gaelic king, Mac Bethad mac Findláich (MacBeth) nicknamed Rígh Dearg (The Red King) held a castle within the city where he ruled as Mormaer of Moray.

The population of Inverness increased by over 10% from 1991 2001 and from 1997-2007 with an estimated population in 2008 of 56,660. Inverness is a fast growing city, with a quarter of the Highland population living in or around the city and is ranked fifth out of 189 British cities for its quality of life, the highest of any Scottish city. Inverness is twinned with one German city, Augsburg and two French towns, La Baule and Saint-Valery-en-Caux.

Inverness College is the main campus for the UHI Millennium Institute and offers one of the widest ranging curricula in Scotland. With around 8,500 students, Inverness College hosts around a quarter of all the University of the Highlands and Islands' students, and 30% of those studying to degree level.

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Call-off triggers a blame game - Inverness Courier Tweet this news
Inverness Courier--But last night ESPN told The -Inverness- Courier that it was never approached about the matter and would have been willing to consider the request ahead of the game being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. "The referee made - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:35:21 GMT+00:00
Rogne not fazed by hectic schedule - Yahoo! Eurosport UK Tweet this news
Yahoo! Eurosport UK--Celtic defender Thomas Rogne insists they have the squad to cope with a fixture backlog after the postponement of their game at -Inverness- left them facing 10 Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches in five and a half weeks. The Hoops - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:21:15 GMT+00:00
Lib-Dem in 'I support Salmond' bombshell - Inverness Courier Tweet this news
Inverness Courier--OUTGOING -Inverness- Lib-Dem MSP John Farquhar Munro has sensationally backed the SNP leader Alex Salmond to serve a second term as Scotland's first minister. In an extraordinary endorsement, the veteran politician yesterday ... - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:35:43 GMT+00:00
Two men charged in stabbing - Victoria Times Colonist Tweet this news
Victoria Times Colonist--Saanich police said the brothers were walking through Rutledge Park, near the corner of Cloverdale Avenue and -Inverness- Road, when they were attacked by two men. Police were called just before midnight Friday. The brothers were - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 10:38:14 GMT+00:00
Inverness man jailed over bid to stab joiner on doorstep - Aberdeen Press and Journal Tweet this news
Aberdeen Press and Journal--An -Inverness- man was jailed for six months yesterday after being found guilty of attempting to stab a man on his doorstep. Angus Cameron, 23, of 24 Juniper Gardens, Slackbuie, denied assaulting Christopher Williamson by tryin - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:24:28 GMT+00:00
Inverness CT PP Celtic - BBC Sport Tweet this news
BBC Sport---Inverness- Caledonian Thistle's Scottish Premier League match with leaders Celtic has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The match was scheduled for a noon kick-off but heavy overnight rain has affected the playing surface. ... - Date : Sat, 02 Apr 2011 12:59:44 GMT+00:00
Appeal for 'Travellergate' report author to re-examine findings - Inverness Courier Tweet this news
Inverness Courier--INQUIRY findings that clear Highland Council's most senior legal officer of defaming two -Inverness- councillors may be re-examined. The request was made at a meeting between the councillors and report author Malcolm Burr, the chie - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:35:44 GMT+00:00
Inverness CT star Kenny Gillet vows to hit gym on days off to boost top six bid - Scottish Daily Record Tweet this news
Scottish Daily Record--KENNY GILLET has revealed he'll ditch his days off so he is ready to help -Inverness- in their top-six bid. The fit-again French full-back, who underwent knee surgery back in August, made his long-awaited return for the Highlan - Date : Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:59:30 GMT+00:00
Corriemoillie wind farm approved - BBC News Tweet this news
BBC News---...- work should avoid disturbing black grouse. Highland Council received 473 objections to the project and 87 letters in support of the scheme. About 30 protesters held a demonstration in -Inverness- as councillors met to take a decision on th - Date : Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:18:08 GMT+00:00
Law firm partner buys Inverness 3BD - Blockshopper Tweet this news
Blockshopper--George Geoffrey Robb and Joanne Robb bought a three-bedroom, 1.5 bath home at 7 Pine Hill Drive in -Inverness- from Wachovia Mortgage, Wells Fargo Bank NA and World Savings Bank Fsb for $543000 on Jan. 27. ... - Date : Tue, 22 Mar 2011 05:41:51 GMT+00:00

Toponymy :
Placename Original Gaelic Meaning
Inverness Inbhir Nis Mouth of the River Ness
Ben Wyvis Beinn Uais Mount Terror
Scorguie Sgurr Gaoithe The Windy Hill
Clachnaharry Clach na h-Aithrigh Stone of Repentance
Balloch Am Bealach The Pass
Resaurie Ruigh Samhraidh Summer Slope
Raigmore Rathaig Mhòir Big Fort
Balnafettack Baile nam Feadag Farm of the Plovers
Culloden Cùil Lodair Nook of the Marsh
Dalneigh Dail an Eich Field of the Horse
Culduthel Cuil Daothail Quiet northern spot
Culcabock Cùil na Càbaig Back of the Tillage Land
Dalmagarry Dail Mac Gearraidh Garry's Son's Haugh
Tomatin Tom Aitinn Hill of the Juniper
Dell Dail MhicEachainn MacEachen's Haugh
Diriebught Tìr nam Bochd Land of the Poor
Dochfour Dabhach Phùir Davoch of Pasture Land

Toponymy :
Placename Original Gaelic Meaning
Dochgarroch Dabhach Gairbheach Davoch of Rough Place
Dores Dubhras Black Wood
Drummond An Druimein The Ridge
Drumossie Druim Athaisidh Ridge of Great Haugh
Castle Heather Caisteal Leathoir Castle on the Slope
Inshes Na h-Innseagan The Meadows
Kessock Ceasaig (Saint) Ceasaig
Kinmylies Ceann a' Mhìlidh The Warrior's Head
Leachkin Leacainn Broad Hillside
Merkinch Marc Innis The Horse Meadow
Millburn Allt a' Mhuilinn The Mill River
Slackbuie An Slag Buidhe The Yellow Hollow
Smithton Baile a' Ghobhainn Smiths' Town
Tomnahurich Tom na h-Iubhraich Hill of the Yew / Faeries
Torvean Tòrr Bheathain MacBean's Hill
Abertarff Obar Thairbh Mouth of the Bull River
Ballifeary Baile na Faire The Guard's Farm

Toponymy :
Placename Original Gaelic Meaning
Lairgmore Luirg Mór Big slope
Essich Easaich Place of the Stream
Aldourie Allt Dobhraig River of the Water
Scaniport Sganaphort Ferry by the Crack
Croftnacreich Croit na Chrithich The Aspen Hut
Allanfearn An t-Àilean Feàrna The Alder Meadow
Bunchrew Bun Chraoibh Foot of the Tree
Craig Dunain Creag Dùn Eun Rocky Hill of the Bird
Loch Ness Loch Nis Lake Ness
Craggie Cragaidh Rocky Place
Dalcross Dealgros Prickle Point
Croy Chrothaigh Hard Place
Kilvean Cill Bheathain Church of St.Bain
Lochardil Loch Àrdail The Church Lake
Crown Crùn Crown
Balvonie Bhaile a'Mhonaidh Village on the hill
Bogbain Bog Ban The White Marsh

Toponymy :
Year Population
2009 56,660 (+)
2001 44,180 (+)
1991 41,234 (+)
1981 40,011 (+)
1971 34,839 (+)
1961 29,774 (+)
1951 28,107 (+)
1881 17,365 (+)
1871 14,469 (+)
1861 12,509 (+)

Distribution of Highland Council Seats by Party in Inverness>
Distribution of Highland Council Seats by Party in Inverness
Local government :
Party Seats
Scottish National Party 6
Independent 5
Liberal Democrats 7
Labour Party 4

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ScotlandAberdeen * Dundee * Edinburgh * Glasgow * Inverness * Stirling
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Northern IrelandArmagh * Belfast * Derry * Lisburn * Newry

Districts of the Highland region

Badenoch and Strathspey * Caithness * Inverness * Lochaber * Nairn * Ross and Cromarty * Skye and Lochalsh * Sutherland

Areas of Inverness

The Aird * Ballifeary * Balloch * Balnafettack * Beechwood * Bught * Carse * Castle Heather * Clachnaharry * Cradlehall * Crown * Croy * Culcabock * Culduthel * Culloden * Dalneigh * Drakies * Drummond * Haugh * Hilton * Holm * Inshes * Kinmylies * Leachkin * Lochardil * Longman * Merkinch * Millburn * Milton * Milton of Leys * Muirtown * Ness Castle * Ness-Side * Raigmore * Scorguie * Seafield * Slackbuie * Smithton * South Kessock * Torvean * Westhill

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