Snowman Rally Accommodation

If you’re attending the Snowman Rally, Bannerman Bed and Breakfast is an ideal place to book your accommodation in Inverness.  With 4 superb ensuite bedrooms, you are guaranteed a comfortable stay and delicious breakfast here.  This is a homely b&b with plenty of extras, such as free wifi and silent fridges in rooms.  There is the opportunity to see the cars close distance in the centre of Inverness, so you can leave your own car here and walk into town.

The Snowman Rally is the first round of the Scottish Rally Championship.  It takes place throughout the Scottish Highlands where drivers are tested by the rugged terrain.  It was started in 1955 by the Highland Car Club.  The format has changed over the years, but the challenge against the terrain and weather conditions is a constant.  Snow and ice can be major factors testing both the drivers and the cars.

In the passed few years, the race has started from Inverness High Street, therefore it’s possible to see the cars up close.  There are viewing areas on most stages of the race.

Coogie Urquhart

For this year’s rally of 2019 the race has been renamed The Coogie Urquhart Snowman Rally.  This is in memory of the beloved Coogie Urquhart who was dedicated to the Snowman and rallying in the UK.

This thrilling event attracts visitors from all over the country.  The best way to experience it is in person, as you can see from the video.  This year’s rally takes place on 9th February 2019.  You can find out more information about the event, including an essential spectator guide at The Snowman Rally.  Have a look at our Rates Page to find the best rates and availability for Bannerman Bed and Breakfast.  We offer competitive rates all year round but we are particularly good value if you book for more than one night or choose our Non Refundable Rate.

Please get to in touch to plan your next trip to the Scottish Highlands.

 

 

Inverness accommodation

It’s not too late to book a Valentine’s break.  Treat yourselves to a romantic break in the beautiful Scottish Highlands by booking your Valentine’s Day accommodation at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast, Inverness.  To make the most of the fabulous sights and sounds the area has to offer, make a booking as soon as you can.

Inverness is a beautiful city with the River Ness running through it.  If you don’t want to venture too far there are lots of places to go for a romantic stroll.  Both the Ness Islands and the Caledonian Canal are walking distance from here and quite unique in their beauty.  In the evening the riverside is lit up with fairy lights and the many bridges are illuminated.

We have a great selection of restaurants and bars in the Highland capital, so now would be a good time to make a reservation.  If you’re not sure where to choose have a look at our eating out guide.  As well as fabulous eating options there’s also a great selection of live music, so you can finish the night off in style.

You can get to Inverness by car, rail, bus or plane.  We are just over an hour by plane from London or how about the Caledonian sleeper, as a romantic start to your trip to the Highlands.

We have excellent rates available throughout the year, but particularly competitive prices if you stay for more than one night or book our non-refundable rate.  If you’ve overstretched the budget over Christmas, payment is not due until you check out.

 

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The Kitchen Inverness

The Kitchen

Inverness accommodation for Valentine's Day

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties Stack

Haggis … for breakfast? … not sure about that.  Sometimes I’m asked why I don’t have haggis on the breakfast menu at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast.  The simple answer is, most Scottish people don’t eat haggis for breakfast.  It is more likely a dish we would have for dinner rather than breakfast.  I know that many hotels and guest houses do provide haggis for breakfast so it can cause confusion.  But this does give a false impression of Scotland and our traditions.  Also if you want to enjoy a busy day seeing some of the most iconic sights in Scotland, you may regret an extra heavy breakfast.  We do have plenty of alternatives for breakfast.  Whether you fancy the Full Highland or vegan-friendly overnight oats, there’s something for everyone.  Here’s what you can expect for breakfast.

So what is haggis?

It is tempting to say it’s a wee beastie that roams around the Scottish Highlands, but actually we don’t eat those.  We leave them to forage the countryside safely, whilst tourists are on the lookout for the Loch Ness Monster.   Haggis is made  with sheep offal (heart, liver and lungs) and minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt and stock.  Traditionally it was cooked inside the sheep’s stomach but now it’s inside an artificial casing.    This is usually boiled and served with neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes).  There is also a vegetarian haggis which is made with pulses, nuts and vegetables.  Like many Scottish dishes, it was designed to fill you up and keep the cold out.

When do we eat haggis?

For me there’s 3 main times that we eat haggis.

Burns Night 25th January

Every year we celebrate the birth of our most famous poet Robert Burns on the 25th January.  Amongst many other things he wrote Auld Lang Syne – one of the most famous songs in the world as it’s sung at New Year throughout the world.  He also wrote the poem To a Haggis.  At a traditional Burns Night Supper, the haggis is piped into the room and addressed with the poem To a Haggis.

For Dinner in a Restaurant

Haggis, neeps and tatties is served in restaurants throught the Scottish Highlands.  Sometimes it’s served as a starter rather than main course, so you can have the opportunity to try this famous dish.  It’s also often served with a whisky sauce.  Many restaurants in Inverness have this on their menu – Urquharts or the Dores Inn are good examples.

In a Chip Shop

Not for the faint-hearted, deep fried haggis and chips is a tasty but heavy treat from a take-away chip shop.

For lovers of Scottish Culture, attending a Burns Night is a wonderful way to embrace all that is Scottish.  There’s food, drink, dancing and a heap of traditional and culture.  As well as the piping in of the haggis, and a traditional dinner there’s usually a Ceilidh, with Scottish country dancing, afterwards.  There are plenty of Burns Nights taking place in the Highlands.  If you’d like to know more about attending a Burns Night this January and help planning a winter trip to the area, please contact me or visit the website www.bannermanbandb.co.uk

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties Stack

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties Stack

 

Whisky Tasting this autumn

The River NessAutumn break in the Scottish Highlands

If you’re feeling in need of a break this autumn but stuck for ideas have a look at this.  It’s an ebook produced by VisitScotland.  It’s packed full of ideas for activities to take in the best of Scotland’s beautiful landscapes. As the number of tourists exploring the Highlands is thinning this is the best time to enjoy the stunning autumnal colours with added peace and tranquility.  So an Autumn break in the Scottish Highlands is the perfect time to visit the area.

It’s not too late to take in the wonderful autumn colours and we’re surrounded by nature all around Inverness.  Even in the city the trees are impressive along the riverside, just a short walk from here.   The Ness Islands are fabulous all year but especially just now.

Take in the seasonal changes to the countryside by whatever means suits you.  From watching wild life to hill walking, it’s all on our doorstep.  There’s plenty of outdoor pursuits available.  Or take time to learn about one of our largest exports by visiting one of the many whisky distilleries.

Grab a Bargain

Of course quieter times also means bed and breakfast prices are lower too.  This is an ideal time to get great value on your Autumn break in the Scottish Highlands.  There are bargains to be had in the shops and if you’re really organised you can make a start on the Christmas shopping.  There’s a much greater chance of getting a table in your favourite restaurant at this time of year.  What better way to round off a full day in the Highlands than a warming glass of your favourite tipple, maybe accompanied by live traditional Scottish music.

The best rates available for your autumn break and throughout the year at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast are here –  rates page.  There are considerable discounts for staying more than one night all winter season.  Let us kAlfie on the Ness Islands, showing off the autumn leaves at their bestWhisky Barrels, there's a huge choice of distilleries to visit on an autumn breaknow what you think or if you need help planning your next trip to Scotland.       Loch Ness scotland,an essential spot to visit on you autumn break to the Scottish Highlands

Travel to the Ness Islands
Snug Room for single traveller

The Snug Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It can be challenging finding accommodation for the single traveller in Inverness during the summer season.  Although there are hundreds of places to stay, the summer months are very busy.  It can turn out to be  very expensive when you travel alone.  Most hotels have double rooms but let them out for single occupancy at a premium.

Here at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast we have one room The Snug Room, which is only available for single use.  It has a standard double bed and modern ensuite shower room.  It is called the Snug for a reason, it is cosy but well equipped and very comfortable for one traveller.  Many people have tried to persuade me that 2 people could easily stay in The Snug but I have always preferred to have one happy guest than two grumpy ones who have tripped over each other and the furniture. Of course you can also book any of our other rooms for single occupancy but the Snug Room offers great value for money.

Travelling alone can be daunting too, in a strange environment and having to make all the decisions alone.  Staying in a bed and breakfast gives you a more personal service where you interact more with the owner and other guests if you wish.  There’s an opportunity to share information on trips and places to visit, restaurants and bars.  Over the years I’ve seen guests share lifts to music festivals or just to the train station.  They’ve found a favourite live music venue and arranged to meet up with fellow guests.  Many times one guest will have just arrived from the Isle of Skye and chat over breakfast the best places to visit with someone who’s on their way there next stop.

You can also get recommendations from me – I’ve lived in Inverness for 12 years whilst running my bed and breakfast.  In that time I’ve amassed a great deal of information from personal experience or from finding out from my guests.

Equally if you’ve come here to get away from others, that’s fine too.  You can stick to your own plans and enjoy peace and tranquility.

Ready to book your next solo trip in the Scottish Highlands?  Check our availability here.

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Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, is a thriving tourist town.  With iconic places of interest nearby, like Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield, Inverness is a must-visit destination.  If you’re taking a trip to Scotland, Bannerman Bed and Breakfast is a great place to stay in Inverness.

Comfortable Ensuite Bedrooms

With 4 comfortable, ensuite rooms, guests often say they feel very much at home here.  Each room is quite self-contained with a TV, clock/radio/ipod dock, hairdrier, tea/coffee and free wifi.  There’s also home comforts like big fluffy towels and nice toiletries.  Double and twin rooms also have a silent fridge, perfect for keeping drinks cold.  You are given a front door key as well as a room key so you can come and go whenever you please.  The days are gone when b&bs issued a curfew and you had to be in by a certain time – not ideal when you’re on holiday having fun, enjoying the nightlife of Inverness.  The location is convenient too – a few minutes walk from the riverside and Eden Court Theatre with the Bught Park and Ness Islands nearby.  We’re about a 15 minute walk from the town centre.

Choosing overnight accommodation in Inverness

There’s a huge choice of places to stay in Inverness, from youth hostels to 5 star hotels.  We’ve had a lot of coverage in the local papers highlighting extremely expensive hotels in Inverness over the summer season.  Some have compared extortionate rates with those of London hotels and certainly some are very expensive at peak times.   There’s also the Airbnb option which suits many.  We had some guests stay here recently who loved this place and said it was their favourite.  They had toured the country staying in mainly Airbnb properties up to then which they found impersonal. They were so pleased to receive some personal service here and interact with someone who has lots of local knowledge and recommendations.  There is an army of guest houses and bed and breakfasts in Inverness to choose from.  Not only are their prices more affordable but they don’t fluctuate over the season and suddenly change when there’s a special event on.

Making the right accommodation choice is key to relaxing and enjoying your holiday.  We look forward to welcoming you here.

A look at our bedroom gallery to help you make a decision.

New Ways to Book Bannerman Bed and Breakfast

Try our new way to book Bannerman Bed and Breakfast

Fraser Room

When you look online at hotel accommodation do you get overwhelmed with all the choice?  Are you going to make the right decision?  Will it be cheaper somewhere else or will it be cheaper if I wait? To help you plan ahead and get organised we’ve introduced a new type of room rate.  Our cheapest rate is now the Non-Refundable Rate, which is booked in advance and cannot be cancelled.  In return for your commitment in advance, you are guaranteed the best price.

I know life isn’t always as simple as that.  It’s not always possible to plan ahead or to know for sure that something wont crop up and you have to change arrangements.  But for those occasions when you’re able to commit confidently our Non-Refundable Rate will ensure you get a bargain.  Maybe you’ve booked flights coming into Inverness Airport or theatre tickets at Eden Court or your going to a family wedding.  The dates are not going to change and you need somewhere to stay.

Two Night Stay for Two – £110

In the winter months there is also a discount for booking more than one night.  So if you’re planning a two night break in Inverness, it is just £110 bed and breakfast for two adults in total- perfect for a Christmas shopping trip in the Highland capital.  Normally this would be £150 for 2 nights.

I hope you’ll be able to take advantage of this way of booking.  We still have our Flexible Rate which allows you to amend or cancel your booking up to 3 days before the arrival date.  And for either rate no payment is taken in advance and you pay when you check out.  From time to time life can still throw unforeseen situations at us.  For these times we recommend taking out holiday insurance so you can avoid cancellation fees.

You can stop searching, make a booking and start looking forward to your next trip.

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Inverness – the destination for all Outlander fans

Outlander fans don’t need me to tell them that Inverness is a key destination for all Outlander fans, readers and viewers alike.  In the unlikely event the story has passed you by, let me set the scene.  In 1946, after WWII, a young English woman called Claire Beauchamp Randall travel to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Frank.  They have been separated for 6 years during the war and this is a second honeymoon for them.  They stay in Inverness, the destination for all Outlander Fans.

One day whilst walking on her own, Claire discovers a circle of standing stones.  She walks through a cleft in one of the stones and is instantly transported to 1743.  There begins a new life for Claire in a mysterious world where both her freedom and life are threatened.  She flees from the sadistic Jack Randall, who bares an uncanny resemblance to her husband Frank. Then Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Highland Scots, including the dashing Jamie Fraser.

Diana Gabaldon

The drama series is based on the books written by American author Diana Gabaldon and is one of the most watched shows.  Scenes for the fourth series were shot in Glasgow earlier this year.  Other Scottish locations have also been used, including Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, Glen Coe, Blackness Castle, Doune Castle and Linlithgow Palace.  All have seen visitor numbers surge in what has been called the Outlander Effect.

Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairnson the outskirts of Inverness are must-see places for your Outlander pilgrimage.  Culloden doesn’t feature in the TV drama but is a key part of the story.  The battlefield is very atmospheric and you can immerse yourself in the history of the place.  Nearby the Clava Cairns standing stones include one cairn with a curious split.

See the setting for Yourself

With the increase in visitors seeking Outlander knowledge, there has also been a rise in tour companies offering Outlander tours to fulfil this.  Companies include Outlandish ToursWow ScotlandOutlander – the Pastlives Experience   and the Jamie and Claire Tour

Inverness Highland Games

Inverness Marathon

What’s On In Inverness This Summer

As usual we’re expecting a busy summer in the Highland capital, Inverness.  The clocks have changed and the days are noticeably longer.  Tourist attractions have dusted off their summer timetables and Scottish castles get ready to open their doors for the summer season.  We are lucky to have a great number of varied events and festivals taking place throughout the Highlands and therefore tourists flock to our shores.  Because there seems to be something for all tastes and many events are free.

Here are just a few of the main events taking place.  So which will you be attending?

2018 Dates

7th April Whisky and Gin Festival, Bogbain Farm, Inverness

27th April Inverness Science Festival

29th April Etape Loch Ness – competitive cycle round Loch Ness

5th May Bandstand Beer and Music Festival, Nairn

7th May The Scottish 6 Day Motorcylce Trials, Fort William

27th May Race for Life, Bught Park, Inverness

31st May Tony Christie, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

15th and 16th June Inverness Provincial Mod, Eden Court Theatre

24th June Billy Ocean, Inverness Leisure Centre

26th – 30th June Sunshine on Leith, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

21st July Inverness Highland Games

29th July Little Mix, Bught Park, Inverness

1-2nd August Black Isle Show, Muir of Ord

2-4th August Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Beauly

8th September Simple Minds, Chrissie Hinds and KT Tunstall, Bught Park, Inverness

17th September Joe Lycett, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

23rd September Loch Ness Marathon

31st October and 1st November Jason Manford, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

23 November The Proclaimers, Inverness Leisure Centre

31st December – The Red Hot Highland Fling, Inverness

This is just a flavour of  what’s on in the Highlands this summer.  Keep an eye out for additional events.  We’re very excited for a fun-packed schedule once again this season.

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

Inverness Highland Games

Inverness Highland Games

Eden Court Theatre

 

 

Delicious B&B breakfast

Delicious B&B breakfast

Breakfast Menu 2018

Now that we’re preparing for a busy season ahead, we’re ready to launch our updated breakfast menu for 2018.

When you’re away from home with full days of travelling or sightseeing it’s great to start the day with a tasty breakfast.  We like to provide options for all tastes whether you want to start the day with an indulgent fry-up or a healthy and nutritious bowl of porridge.  There are always vegetarian options and we also cater vegan and gluten free diets on request.  I have been asked a few times ‘do Scottish people eat all this for breakfast?’ which always makes me laugh.  It is optional and there’s lots of choices for different tastes.  No you don’t have to eat it all but it can be your fuel for the day, saving you from spending money on lunch.

Help yourself to the buffet

So you’ll still find all the favourite options like the Full Highland Breakfast but we’ve made a few additions.  The buffet selection has been extended to include stewed fruit and overnight oats.  We’ve been serving these for a little while now, we’ve tweaked the recipe here and there and eventually settled on a combination of oats soaked in almond milk flavoured with vanilla, figs and sultanas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hot choices have been updated too all cooked to order.  Scotland’s traditional breakfast, porridge, is a firm favourite.  We offer it the old-fashioned way –  just oats, water and salt.  Or you can add stewed fruit, jam, honey or sugar.  Warm tattie (potato) scones have been added to a few options and the very popular breakfast sandwiches are served with spicy tomato relish.

To get the season off to a fresh start we’ve also given the dining room a new look.  Hopefully we’ll have a decent summer and guests will enjoy views of the garden from here.  We hope you like the new look.