Muirtown is an area in the west end of the city of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. It contains Muirtown Primary School. An expansion of the Caledonian Canal close to its northeastern termination, the Muirtown Basin lies between Clachnaharry and Muirtown a mile northwest of Inverness city centre. Planned in the early 19th century as a second harbour for the city by the canal's engineer Thomas Telford, it could not cope with the size of ships which were soon in use and thus never fulfilled its potential, it now serves as a marina. To the south of the basin are the Muirtown Locks, a flight of four locks on the Caledonian Canal at Muirtown, a mile west northwest of Inverness city centre; the Muirtown Swing Bridge crosses the canal to the north
Raigmore is an area of Inverness situated in the east of the city. It is in the Highland council area of Scotland; the name is from the Gaelic for "the large fortified dwelling". All part of the Raigmore estate, the southern part of Raigmore is now the location of Raigmore Hospital, the main hospital for Inverness and the Highlands; the northern part is now a housing estate, which includes Raigmore Primary School and a community centre. The A9 road passes by to the east of Raigmore, connects with the A96 road at the Raigmore Interchange, to the north east of the area
Inverness is a city in the Scottish Highlands. It is the administrative centre for The Highland Council and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands. Inverness lies near two important battle sites: the 11th-century battle of Blàr nam Fèinne against Norway which took place on the Aird and the 18th century Battle of Culloden which took place on Culloden Moor, it is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom and lies within the Great Glen at its north-eastern extremity where the River Ness enters the Moray Firth. At the latest, a settlement was established by the 6th century with the first royal charter being granted by Dabíd mac Maíl Choluim in the 12th century; the Gaelic king Mac Bethad Mac Findláich whose 11th-century killing of King Duncan was immortalised in Shakespeare's fictionalized play Macbeth, held a castle within the city where he ruled as Mormaer of Moray and Ross. The population of Inverness grew from 40,969 in 2001 to 46,869 in 2012; the Greater Inverness area, including Culloden and Westhill, had a population of 59,969 in 2012.
In 2018, it had a population of 69,989. Inverness is one of Europe's fastest growing cities, with a quarter of the Highland population living in or around it, is ranked fifth out of 189 British cities for its quality of life, the highest of any Scottish city. In the recent past, Inverness has experienced rapid economic growth: between 1998 and 2008, Inverness and the rest of the central Highlands showed the largest growth of average economic productivity per person in Scotland and the second greatest growth in the United Kingdom as a whole, with an increase of 86%. Inverness is twinned with one German city and two French towns, La Baule and Saint-Valery-en-Caux. Inverness College is the main campus for the University of the Islands. With around 8,500 students, Inverness College hosts around a quarter of all the University of the Highlands and Islands' students, 30% of those studying to degree level. In 2014, a survey by a property website described Inverness as the happiest place in Scotland and the second happiest in the UK.
Inverness was again found to be the happiest place in Scotland by a new study conducted in 2015. Inverness was one of the chief strongholds of the Picts, in CE 565 was visited by St Columba with the intention of converting the Pictish king Brude, supposed to have resided in the vitrified fort on Craig Phadrig, on the western edge of the city. A 93 oz silver chain dating to 500–800 was found just to the south of Torvean in 1983. A church or a monk's cell is thought to have been established by early Celtic monks on St Michael's Mount, a mound close to the river, now the site of the Old High Church and graveyard; the castle is said to have been built by Máel Coluim III of Scotland, after he had razed to the ground the castle in which Mac Bethad mac Findláich had, according to much tradition, murdered Máel Coluim's father Donnchad, which stood on a hill around 1 km to the north-east. The strategic location of Inverness has led to many conflicts in the area. Reputedly there was a battle in the early 11th century between King Malcolm and Thorfinn of Norway at Blar Nam Feinne, to the southwest of the city.
Inverness had four traditional fairs, including Legavrik or "Leth-Gheamhradh", meaning midwinter, Faoilleach. William the Lion granted Inverness four charters, by one. Of the Dominican friary founded by Alexander III in 1233, only one pillar and a worn knight's effigy survive in a secluded graveyard near the town centre. Medieval Inverness suffered regular raids from the Western Isles by the MacDonald Lords of the Isles in the 15th century. In 1187 one Domhnall Bán led islanders in a battle at Torvean against men from Inverness Castle led by the governor's son, Donnchadh Mac An Toisich. Both leaders were killed in the battle, Donald Ban is said to have been buried in a large cairn near the river, close to where the silver chain was found. Local tradition says that the citizens fought off the Clan Donald in 1340 at the Battle of Blairnacoi on Drumderfit Hill, north of Inverness across the Beauly Firth. On his way to the Battle of Harlaw in 1411, Donald of Islay harried the city, sixteen years James I held a parliament in the castle to which the northern chieftains were summoned, of whom three were arrested for defying the king's command.
Clan Munro defeated Clan Mackintosh in 1454 at the Battle of Clachnaharry just west of the city. Clan Donald and their allies stormed the castle during the Raid on Ross in 1491. In 1562, during the progress undertaken to suppress Huntly's insurrection, Queen of Scots, was denied admittance into Inverness Castle by the governor, who belonged to the earl's faction, whom she afterwards caused to be hanged; the Clan Munro and Clan Fraser of Lovat took the castle for her. The house in which she lived meanwhile stood in Bridge Street until the 1970s, when it was demolished to make way for the second Bridge Street development. Beyond the northern limits of the town, Oliver Cromwell built a citadel capable of accommodating 1,000 men, but with the exception of a portion of the ramparts it was demolished at the Restoration; the only surviving modern remnant is a clock tower. Inverness played a role in the Jacobite rising of 1689. In early May, it was besieged by a contingent of Jacobites led by MacDonell of Keppoch.
The town was rescued by Viscount Dundee, the overall Jacobite commander, when he arrived with the main Jacobite army, although he required Inverness to profess loyalty to King James VII. In 1715 the Jacobites occupie
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The area so restricted may be small. Residential areas may be subcategorized in the concentric zone model and other schemes of urban geography. Residential development is real estate development for residential purposes; some such developments are called a subdivision, when the land is divided into lots with houses constructed on each lot. Such developments became common during the late nineteenth century in the form of streetcar suburbs. In previous centuries, residential development was of two kinds. Rich people bought a townlot, hired an architect and/or contractor, built a bespoke / customized house or mansion for their family. Poor urban people lived in tenements built for rental. Single-family houses were built on speculation, for future sale to residents not yet identified; when cities and the middle class expanded and mortgage loans became commonplace, a method, rare became commonplace to serve the expanding demand for home ownership. Post–World War II economic expansion in major cities of the United States New York City and Los Angeles produced a demand for thousands of new homes, met by speculative building.
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Diverse floor plans with differing room counts, multiple elevations appeared. Developers remained competitive with each other on everything, including location, community amenities, kitchen appliance packages, price. Today, a typical residential development in the United States might include traffic calming features, such as a winding street, dead-end road, or looped road lined with homes. Suburban developments help form the stereotypical image of a "suburban America," and are associated with the American middle-class. Most offer homes in a narrow range of age, price and features, thus potential residents having different needs, wishes or resources must look elsewhere; some residential developments are gated communities. Criticisms of residential developments may include: They do not mesh well with the greater community; some are isolated, with only one entrance, or otherwise connected with the rest of the community in few ways. Being commuter towns, they serve no more purpose for the greater community than other specialized settlements do, thus require residents to go to the greater community for commercial or other purposes.
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Culloden is the name of a village three miles east of Inverness and the surrounding area. Three miles south of the village is Drumossie Moor, site of the Battle of Culloden. Culloden village was made up of estate houses attached to Culloden House. Historic buildings include Culloden House itself, now a hotel, the Culloden stables, now rebuilt as holiday homes, the historic tithe barn, now the Barn Church. Additional interesting buildings nearby include the Doocot and the ice house. In the 1960s an area near the historic village was drained for a council housing project, including Culloden Stores, Culloden Academy and Duncan Forbes Primary School, named after the Forbeses of Culloden, who owned Culloden House from 1626 to 1897. More recent private housing developments have since grown up around it. Culloden House is now a luxury country house hotel; the parish of Culloden includes three other communities: Balloch and Westhill. Like Culloden, Balloch is a village of some antiquity. Smithton and Westhill are post-war housing developments.
Today, the battlefield of Culloden is under the care of the National Trust for Scotland, its visitors' centre is a huge tourist attraction. A visitor centre has been built by the National Trust for Scotland and includes an interactive battle experience including an immersion film battle room; the visitor centre was opened to the public on 16 April 2008. Apart from the battlefield, the most notable site in the surrounding area is the "clootie well," in Culloden Woods, where brightly coloured rags are hung as offerings from people wishing to be cured of ailments; this well was traditionally visited on the first Sunday in May. Up until the early Seventies this pilgrimage was well attended with'buses laid on to cater for the crowds; the practise of visiting on a specific day has declined in recent years. A similar, better known, well is near Munlochy; this tradition may be based on Celtic ceremonies. The Cairns of Clava, a group of Bronze Age burial mounds, are located at Balnauran of Clava, about one mile south-east of the battlefield.
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South Kessock is an area of the city of Inverness in Scotland. It is to the north of Merkinch and is known, somewhat disparagingly, as the Ferry. Prior to the construction of the Kessock Bridge, the Kessock Ferry sailed between North Kessock and here. South Kessock has featured in two novels by Alex Mabon: The Lads from the Ferry and War of the Ferry, it is traditionally viewed as a working class area. The area has a diverse set of wildlife habitats with a wide variety of plants and animals and as such was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in November 2007. Merkinch Local Nature Reserve is the 50th local nature reserve in Scotland and is the only one in the Highlands; the reserve consists of tidal pools, which are connected to the sea, open grassland and wooded areas. Habitats include salt marsh, fresh water marsh with reed beds, bog and wooded embankments. South Kessock on Merkinch.info Merkinch Local Nature Reserve
Lochardil is a residential area in the West of Inverness. The area has an abundance of notably MacDonald Park and Lochardil Woods; the local school is Lochardil Primary, with most secondary age pupils attending Inverness Royal Academy. There is a hairdresser and the Best Western Lochardil House Hotel. There are post boxes on Morven Road; as is the case in the rest of the City, a bus service is provided by Stagecoach Highlands who took over the route from Rapsons' in 2008 Buses to the city centre run every 30 minutes Monday to Friday, with a reduced timetable in place at weekends. Http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Hundreds-of-jobs-safe-despite-bus-merger-6135.htm