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6 of the best things to happen in Inverness this year picked by our readers


By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Haven Centre grand opening with Elsie Normington and Kate Forbes.
Haven Centre grand opening with Elsie Normington and Kate Forbes.

Our readers have selectively hand-picked six stand-out moments that encapsulate the essence of Inverness's dynamic spirit and its defining narrative.

From recognising unsung heroes to community-driven initiatives, this curated selection represents the most noteworthy and influential happenings that have left an indelible mark on the Highland capital this year.

Here are six incredible milestones our readers have chosen as the best highlights of 2023 in Inverness.

1. The Haven Centre

The opening of the Haven Centre was Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre for children and young people with severe learning disabilities.

It was the culmination of years of determined planning and fundraising.

2. Highland Heroes

Highland Heroes celebrates the unsung people and organisations who dedicate themselves to helping others; who are there in our hour of need; who contribute to society in a quiet and unselfish way; and who knit our communities together.

Dozens of unsung heroes received the recognition they rightfully deserved this year as hundreds were nominated who had gone above and beyond to help those in need.

Highland Heroes winners and winners' representatives. Picture: James Mackenzie
Highland Heroes winners and winners' representatives. Picture: James Mackenzie

3. Opening of the NHS national treatment centre

The new facility has five operating theatres, 24 beds, 13 consultation rooms, clinics and outpatient departments.

There is also a patient and staff café, children’s play area and serene garden courtyard provide opportunities for patients and their guests to rest and restore.

This was all part of a national network of 10 treatment centres, funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by NHS Highland, the NTC was opened to patients in April 2023 and officially opened in June 2023 by First Minister Humza Yousaf.

4. Browns Gallery

Browns Gallery that features international renowned art in Inverness and is home to one of the most exciting collections of contemporary artworks to be found anywhere in Scotland today.

The gallery was initially established in Tain by a profound Scottish artist known as Gordon Brown.

Krispy Kreme will open in the High Street next month.
Krispy Kreme will open in the High Street next month.

5. Krispy Kreme shop opening

Many of our readers have a new found appreciation for the arrival of the doughnut enterprise, Krispy Kreme, as they look set to join the High Street next month.

The doors of the much-anticipated doughnut shop are yet to open, however many are thrilled to hear the news of its presence.

6. Loch Ness Marathon

This year's marathon saw 8600 participants from 45 countries take part in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running.

Rosa Donaldson came 3rd, Melissa Gibson came 1st and Doireann Hughes came 2nd in the 2023 Loch Ness Marathon.
Rosa Donaldson came 3rd, Melissa Gibson came 1st and Doireann Hughes came 2nd in the 2023 Loch Ness Marathon.

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