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Inverness is a city on Scotland’s northeast coast, where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. Nearby Loch Ness is the 23-mile-long  freshwater lake that reputedly harbours the Loch Ness Monster. Ruined  medieval Urquhart Castle overlooks the loch. The 19th-century Inverness  Castle, on a hill above the city, has gardens that are open to the  public.