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Victorian Market Inverness

Walking into the Victorian Market is like going back in time. The original market in Inverness was destroyed by fire in 1889 and rebuilt over the next two years. It still retains its old fashioned feel with its independent shops sheltered by the vaulted wooden roof held in place by an iron frame.

Inverness Victorian Market

More than 30 shops crowd along the hallways. As you wander around, you’ll find traditional market produce including fresh fish, meat and flowers. There are shops selling sweets, cards, jokes, souvenirs, watches, jewellery, sewing and kilts. There’s a hairdresser, barber and shoe repairer. For music lovers it’s even possible to buy vinyl in one of the independent music shops.

The sound of trains can be heard in one corner of the market. Look up to see a model railway display above the model shop. The occasional busker can also be heard and you can watch the world going by in the coffee shops.

There are four entrances to the market but the one opposite the train station is the most impressive. Above the shops, images of highland life can be seen including Scottish country dancing and salmon fishing.

Modern shopping centres spend considerable sums of money trying to achieve a relaxed atmosphere for shopping. The Inverness Victorian Market achieves this naturally.

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