Are your looking for a super accommodation deal in Inverness, the Highland capital?  Then look no further for a fabulous winter offer – if you stay here at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast for a minimum of 4 nights the last night is free.  Book any time between the 3rd November 2013 and 27th March 2014 for 3 nights and you can add on a 4th for the price of 3.  This is on top of the drop in price you already receive during the winter when a twin or double room is reduced to £60 per room per night and the single room is down to £40 per room per night bed and breakfast.   This offer is available for a limited time and is  subject to availability.

What’s the difference between a bed and breakfast and a hotel?

If you’re unfamiliar with staying in a bed and breakfast and comparing our prices with some of the budget hotels here’s what you get for your money –

  • ensuite room, containing a flat-screen TV with DVD player, clock/radio/ipod dock, hair-dryer, tea/coffee, silent fridge (in twin and double rooms) and free wifi
  • a hearty breakfast including healthy options, vegetarian options or the Full Highland to set you up for the day
  • free off-road parking
  • local information including restaurant recommendations, suggestions for days out and a map of the area
  • a comfortable, homely environment in a small stylish bed and breakfast

Of course you wont have any trouble filling your time here as Inverness is a perfect base for exploring the Highlands with places to visit in every direction such as

  • to the west there’s monster hunting at nearby Loch Ness and walking in the beautiful Glen Affric
  • to the east there’s Culloden battlefield, Elgin cathedral, the whisky trail
  • to the north there’s the Black Isle, Dornoch and the beach, Glenmorangie distillery, the Falls of Shin
  • to the south there’s the Cairngorms, Aviemore, Pitlochry or there are more ideas at VisitScotland

If that’s too much there’s always a little gentle shopping in Inverness or having a night in with a DVD from our library.

The Macintosh Room - perfect for a cosy night in.

The Macintosh Room – perfect for a cosy night in.

 

 

Great accommodation is essential if you’re planning to trek the Great Glen Way.  By boot, by pedal or paddle power – the Great Glen has something for everyone.  Some of the most stunning scenery in Scotlands can be seen on the route and of course you can also go by car or bus.

The Great Glen is a natural feature – a geological fault line between Fort William and Inverness. The area encompasses some of the best known landmarks in Scotland including Ben Nevis, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. The Glen is a significant tourist attraction and major route through the Highlands, between east and west.

The route, which spans 79 miles/127km between Fort William and Inverness, can be walked in 5-6 days, staying overnight in the various communities within the Glen.  The Great Glen Way suits all levels of walker . For the less experienced it is the perfect introduction to long distance walking, being for the most part low-level and following mainly towpaths and woodland tracks. There are some challenging sections though, and the more experienced may wish to tackle a few Munros or Corbetts within reach from the route.  You can also cycle or travel by boat , canoe or kayak along the Great Glen.

The route can be travelled in either direction. However, going from Fort William to Inverness you have the prevailing wind behind you and begin with the easier sections of the Way.  Whether completed from coast to coast, or sampled in bite-sized chunks, the three ways offer an unforgettable experience.  The best website to help you plan your travels is Outdoor Highlands where you’ll find a host of invaluable information on routes, modes of transport and events.  You can even arrange to have your luggage transferred from one overnight spot to another so you can concentrate your efforts walking, cycling or paddling and taking in the stunning scenery.

However you decide to take in the beauty of the Great Glen you’ll need comfortable accommodation at the end of your journey.   A comfortable night’s stay and a hearty breakfast will set you up for a day trekking.

 

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Castle Stuart golf course

All the talking is done now and it’s time to get on with the action as the Scottish Open Golf Championship gets under way at Castle Stuart today.  As the UK and even the Highlands enjoy a heatwave what better time to host the championship and the several thousand spectators expected to visit in the next few days.

Reigning Open champion Ernie Els has said he was surprised not to see more of golf’s top stars taking the  Highland route in pursuit of success at Muirfield next week.  Els, bidding to add a third Claret Jug to his  collection at the venue where he won his first back in 2002, makes his 18th  Scottish Open appearance today.  And he’s baffled by the fact that only two of  the world’s top 24 players have pitched up at Castle Stuart, just outside  Inverness.

Graeme McDowell has apologised to organisers and sponsors of the event after saying the course was too easy but no doubt this will spur on event organisers to ensure the championship runs without a hitch.  And who knows what conditions the players may have to contend with over the next few days in an area known for its ‘changeable’ weather!

Inverness Golf Accommodation at a Premium

Lets hope all the players, caddies, supporters and sponsers have booked their hotel accommodation in Inverness by now since the town is fit to bursting.  Great effort has gone into extending opening times in restaurants, hotels and bars to accommodate golfers and specators needs.  For a traditional Highland welcome visitors will be treated to the Bunkers Festival – an assortment of musicians, performers, mascots, pipers, dancers and mischief! – which will take place in the city centre at 7pm each evening.

So following Andy Murray and the British Lions tremendous success this week lets hope we have a bit more sporting magic from the British players.

Details on tournament information and how to get tickets is available at Castle Stuart

Scottish Open Golf

 

Inverness accommodation

Did you know that Bannerman Bed and Breakfast provides child free accommodation?  It’s not that we don’t like children, it’s just that sometimes it’s nice to stay in child free accommodation that’s exclusively for adults.  We have chosen not to squeeze in extra beds and cots to our lovely bedrooms so we can maximise the comfort for guests.  You can appreciate a comfortable night’s sleep in peace and quiet and enjoy a relaxing breakfast without interruptions from the little ones.

Places of interest

Of course there are lots of activities and places of interest to visit that you can enjoy during your stay in the Highlands whilst getting away from the family.  As well as a vast array of historic venues like Culloden Battlefield, Dunrobin Castle and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, there’s stunning scenery to visit in very direction.  We have golden sandy beaches all along the east coast and to the north with opportunities for dolphin spotting from land and at sea.  Wildlife fans can see an array of animals in their natural habitat at Loch Garten including the magnificent ospreys and there are glorious walks for all abilities not far from here.  For a bit of exercise you can hire bikes from Ticket to Ride which is a short walk away.  As well as providing the kit they will also advise you on the best routes and provide maps.

Distilleries and shopping

And when the weather’s a wee bit dreich there’s always a distillery or 2 to visit, the Black Isle Brewery and a bit of retail therapy in the Highland capital, Inverness.  Failing that you can always relax in your bedroom at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast, take advantage of the DVD library and book exchange knowing your time is entirely your own.

So go on … treat yourselves to a break in the Highland capital, Inverness and make the most of time away from the kids.

 

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Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2013


We are delighted to announce we have been awarded a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award for 2013.  Our grateful thanks for all the kind reviews from our customers on Tripadvisor

.  Your comments help us to shape our facilities and services in the future and help other travellers decide where to stay.

As visitors from all round the world have discovered Tripadvisor is a fantastic site for finding out what’s available when planning your next vacation.  Whether it’s about places to stay, eating out or suggested days out, there’s information for the most discerning traveller.  In particular the accommodation section is broken down into types whether it’s a bed and breakfast or hotel your looking for and also whether it’s a romantic get-away, a city break with friends or a family event. You can also post questions and converse with other travellers on forums.  And of course the most valuable part is that comments come from real guests rather than industry professionals.

We all know that ocassionally there can be a ‘blip’ on Tripadvisor where sometimes the comments written don’t reflect the opinion of others.  Perhaps they’ve had a bad day or thought they’d booked somewhere else or perhaps they have another grievance and didn’t actually stay there but most people know this can happen and are able to find the information they’re looking for.  After all, we all have different priorities, expectations and requirements.  It might be important for you to be near the city nightlife or it might be important for quiet as you’re a light sleeper – it’s difficult to achieve both.

So keep on reviewing and sharing your experiences.  We always read them and will respond to specific queries.  You can also share recomendations, experiences and photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages which is always useful to other guests.

Your comments count!

Your comments count!

 

 

We are delighted to be welcoming our first guests this weekend into our newly refurbished rooms.  Both the Fraser and Macintosh Rooms have had brand new shower-rooms refitted with all new appliances and a new modern and fresh look.  We welcome your comments on the new facilities.

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Here’s the latest on the refurbishment of two ensuite rooms.  So far so good, the fabulous team of workmen have worked very hard for the last week and might even manage to finish the project early.  Don’t want to speak too soon but you’ll have to wait a little while longer for the finished look.  Here’s the progress so far in the Fraser Room.

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New Ensuite Shower-Rooms

We’re very excited that work has started on the refurbishment of the Macintosh and Fraser Rooms.  Next month we will have brand new ensuite shower-rooms for guests to enjoy.  Today has already been a productive day and the rooms have been stripped bare but we can’t wait to see the end result.

As you can see everything from the original ensuites has gone.  So we’ll be replacing the shower, basin and toilet with a more modern style.  We will also replace the radiators with a stylish chrome heated towel rail.  In addition we’ve invested in better lighting and storage for all your toiletries and wash-bags.

Local plumber, Bryan Murray of BPM Plumbing, is managing the project and has recommended a team of joiners and tilers to get the job done.  He has also recommended the local branch of Plumbase for the majority of the new facilities and has helped me get the best design for the project.

Ideally it would have been great to refurbish all four bathrooms at the same time but it’s an expensive business.  Since the rooms have to be closed for 3 weeks whilst the work is done it’s important to do it right and we’ve opted for a major update rather than a cosmetic improvement.    So we’re doing the two double rooms, Macintosh and Fraser, now and as soon as the funds are available we will be updating single and twin ensuites for the Snug and the Eden rooms.  As any of the guests who have stayed here more than once will have witnessed, we believe in re-investing in the facilities and have strived to continually improve this bed and breakfast wherever possible.

So from a very dusty Bannerman Bed and Breakfast look out for the big reveal in a few weeks.

The work so far!

The work so far!

There’s only 3 days left until entries close for competing in this years Loch Ness Half Marathon, which takes place on 17th March this year.  Entries have to be received by midnight on Tuesday 26th February 2013.  This exceptionally well organised event is open to all abilities and is in a beautiful setting.  And of course you can rest your weary legs at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast as the finish line is only a few hundred metres away.  http://www.invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk/event/3/1-2-marathon/

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It’s not too late to book a Valentine’s break.  Treat yourselves to a romantic break in the beautiful Scottish Highlands and enjoy a relaxing stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast, Inverness.  To make the most of the fabulous sights and sounds the area has to offer, book a 3 nights stay and you will get 10% off the bed and breakfast rate.

 

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