Experience Inverness, Scotland, Like Hannah Brown on 'The Bachelorette'
Loch up those travel plans, because it’s time to head to Inverness, Scotland!
This northern Scottish city in the heart of the Highlands dates back to the 13th century. The city is situated where two waterways meet, allowing for idyllic scenery and stunning views of nature.
Hannah Brown traveled to Inverness on Season 15 of “The Bachelorette,” where she immersed herself in all sorts of Scottish traditions. Here’s how you can do the same when you visit the region.
If you feel like living like royalty — or the Bachelorette — Achnagairn Estate is a great option for anyone visiting the area. Guests have the option of booking a room in the castle or a villa. Either way, you’ll be living the high life in the Highlands!
One-on-one date: A taste of Scotland
When you first arrive in Inverness, take to the streets and see what the city has to offer. Since you’re in the United Kingdom, you might as well take advantage of pub culture at a beloved institution like Hootananny Bar. After grabbing a pint, wander in and out of all types of famous Scottish shops.
Whisky is Scotland’s national drink, so if that appeals to you, try it (responsibly!) at any number of pubs and bars in the area. Fans of the libation will be happy to note that the word derives from a Gaelic phrase that translates to “water of life,” so take that as you will when you visit Inverness. (Fun fact: the Scottish spell the drink whisky, whereas the Irish spell it whiskey.)
To immerse yourself in the full Scottish experience, wash down your plate of haggis with a nice tumbler of the drink. While walking around downtown Inverness, pop into MacGregor’s Bar, voted the best bar in Scotland. Take a breather and use your one-on-one time to discuss some of your favorite adventure pastimes.
Woo your date even more by picking up some Scottish poetry and letting the rhymes do the talking. Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland who lived in the 18th century, would be a great choice for this. Put the “couple” in “couplets” and recite Burns’ famous poem “A Red, Red Rose” to your date. Nothing screams “The Bachelorette” quite like that!
Group date: Compete for my affection
Let the competition heat up as you and your dates partake in a Scottish tradition dating back centuries: the Highland Games. See who’s willing to fight the hardest for your heart as your dates compete against each other in a series of tasks, such as axe throwing and wrestling.
If there’s one clear victor, don’t be afraid to hand them a red, red rose.
One-on-one date: Trust exercise
Inverness is filled with historic castles, such as Findlater. Hannah and her one-on-one date traveled to these ruins on a helicopter, but it’s also accessible by car. Findlater Castle, which dates back to 1246, juts out from the side of a mountain right over the sea. An outing here works well for the adventurous couple who has a solid foundation of trust, which you and your date can test when you visit.
Approach the rocky and steep terrain with caution, and when you do, it’ll be more than worth it. To see another palace on smoother ground, venture to Brodie Castle and absorb its hundreds of years of history.
Inverness may be home to the mythical Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, but when you visit, your relationship will transform into anything but an urban legend.