Inverness Highland Games

If you’d like to know what’s on in Inverness 2019, this is a useful list of dates for your diary.  We are very fortunate to have lots of events taking place in the Scottish Highlands all year round.  Many of these will take place walking distance from Bannerman Bed and Breakfast too.  Four main venues – Eden Court Theatre, Bught Park, Northern Meeting Park and Inverness Leisure centre are each less than 10 minutes walk from here, so this is an excellent base whatever event you are attending.

Dates for your Diary

February

Fame – 25 February – 2nd March Eden Court Theatre

Inverness Music Festival – 28 February – 6 March Eden Court Theatre

March

Midge Ure – 7 March – Eden Court Theatre

Inverness Half Marathon – 10 March – Bught Park

Footloose – 20 – 23 March – Eden Court Theatre

Highland Adventure Fest – 24 March – Inverness Leisure

April

The Lady Vanishes – 16 – 20 April – Eden Court Theatre

Eddi Reader – 21 April – Eden Court Theatre

Etape Loch Ness Cycle – 22 April

May

The Verdict – 7-11 May – Eden Court Theatre

Inverness Classic Vehicle Show – 14 May

The Magic Flute, Scottish Opera – 21-25 May – Eden Court Theatre

Phil Jupitus – 27 May – Eden Court Theatre

June

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – 8 June – Bught Park

RNSO – 5 June – Eden Court Theatre

Here Come the Boys – 18-19 June – Eden Court Theatre

European Pipe Band Championships – 29 June – Bught Park

July

Educating Rita – 2-6 July – Eden Court Theatre

Skippinish – 5 July – Bught Park

The Proclaimers – – 6 July – Bught Park

Inverness Highland Games – 20 July – Bught Park

August

Black Isle Show – 1 August

Belladrum Festival – 1-3 August – Black Isle

Sir Ian McKellan – 12 August – Eden Court Theatre

Blazin’ Fiddles – 15 August – Eden Court Theatre

Kaiser Chiefs – 17 August – Northern Meeting Park

Madness – 23 August – Northern Meeting Park

Shrek the Musical – 21-24 August – Eden Court Theatre

Ally Bain and Phil Cunningham – 31 August – Eden Court Theatre

September

Nathan Carter – 11-14 September – Eden Court Theatre

James Acaster – 25 September – Eden Court Theatre

October

Ben Elton –  2 October – Eden Court Theatre

Loch Ness Marathon – 6 October

Loch Ness Knit Fest – 16-20 October – Inverness

Little Miss Sunshine – 22-26 October – Eden Court Theatre

November

Monsterfest – 15-16 November – Ironworks

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – 18-23 November – Eden Court Theatre

December

Red Hot Highland Fling – Hogmonay 31 December – Northern Meeting Park

Beauty and the Beast – 6 December-5 January – Eden Court Theatre

The What’s On in Inverness 2019 list is constantly changing and more events are added to it.  In addition Eden Court Theatre will be running their pop-up tent in their grounds again this summer.  It’s an opportunity to hear traditional Scottish and Gaelic music, whilst enjoying great food and drink.  It’s supported by the Black Isle Brewery.  You can either spend the evening there or pop in for half an hour on your way to dinner.

Many concerts and theatre events get booked up really quickly so we recommend you book your tickets and accommodation as soon as possible.  You can find out availability at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast here.  We look forward to welcoming you whatever you’re attending.

Now you know what’s on in Inverness,  you can find reasons why you should stay in Inverness and the Scottish Highlands, here: Why stay in Inverness?

Inverness Highland Games

eilean donan castle scotland

    Eilean Donan Castle by Brian A Jackson on Envato

A bed and breakfast owner’s top tips for choosing Inverness holiday accommodation.

As the season is hotting up and visitor numbers are increasing it can be difficult to find suitable holiday accommodation in Inverness.  Particularly when there’s an event or concert taking place demand can be very high.  Wherever you opt to stay here’s my top tips for selecting the right venue at the right price.  Once it’s all booked, you can relax and start looking forward to your holiday.

Location, location, location

So what kind of location are you looking for?  City, rural, suburban, near an event location.  You might want to be in the heart of the action and it might be handy to be near shops, bars, restaurants but will you be disturbed by noise by late-night revellers.  Being on a main road, your b&b will be easy to find but will traffic noise keep you awake.  If you prefer somewhere rural and secluded are you happy to take a drive for the nearest restaurant or shop?

Flexible Dates

If you’re dates are fixed there’s not much to consider but if you have flexibility it’s worth checking what’s going on in the area.  For example, a big event taking place on your first choice of dates could mean a shortage of available rooms and the prices jump up.  Looking at dates nearby could give you a considerable saving and more choice.  You’ll find hotels are more likely to increase their room rates during high demand so they can fluctuate dramatically in the same week.   Whereas if you choose a bed and breakfast or guest house the rates are more consistent.

Hotel or Bed and Breakfast Holiday Accommodation

What kind of place do you want to stay in?  Here in Inverness we have the complete range of places to stay from hostels to 5 star hotels.  Consider what’s important to you – room service, bar, restaurant and leisure facilites in a hotel or the more personal service and recommendations in a guest house.  Maybe you just want somewhere to sleep if you’re going to a special event, so maybe a budget hotel would suit best.

So now it’s time for a little research.  There are so many on-line travel agents to help you find a place to stay, just google Inverness holiday accommodation and they will come up first.  They are great to give you an idea of what’s available and at the click of a button you can find out what’s available on your chosen dates with a price comparison.  You can find out what other travellers think by reading the reviews.  Maybe they’ll highlight features you hadn’t thought about, like access to public transport.   But did you know that they charge hotels a minimum of 15% commission for each booking they receive?  Many hotels pay a higher than 15% commission rate to be ranked higher in the list of available venues.

Always Book Direct

My advice is to use Booking.com or Expedia or any of these sites to find out what’s available and then check the hotel or guest house’s website direct. You will often find the same room is available at a cheaper price or there is more availability of different types of rooms.  If you’re booking for a group it’s always worth contacting the hotel direct and asking for their best price.

Still struggling to find what you’re looking for.  The tourist office provides a great resource and often lists small properties that don’t have their own website.  In Scotland, VisitScotland‘s website is a great one-stop shop.  You can search availability on your chosen dates and refine your search to suit your needs.  Whether it’s Accessibility or Pet Friendly options you’re looking for, this site will help you filter the right venue.

Read more on booking through on-line travel agents and why you should always book direct here

Happy Holidays x

Walking distance from Inverness b&b

Eden Court Theatre  – A Cultural Hotspot!

We are a b&b near Eden Court Theatre

Eden Court Theatre

As a b&b near Eden Court Theatre, we are very lucky to have this amazing facility on our doorstep.

Eden Court Theatre, the cultural hotspot of the Scottish Highlands, is a magical centre for performing arts.  It has a broad programme of art and entertainment to suit all tastes and all ages.  There’s something for all whether you’re in to stand-up comedy, opera, musicals or traditional Scottish music.  With 2 theatres, a cinema, bar, restaurant and exhibition space there’s always plenty of choice on offer.  Over 300,000 people visit each year from throughout the Highlands.

The main theatre, the Empire, hosts productions by the Scottish Opera, the Scottish Ballet and a choral and classical programme.  We also get musicals on tour from the West End, well-known stand-up comediens and all sorts of great music acts.  There are also occasional talks including a memorable one from the Dalai Lama.

High Class Cinema

A varied programme of films is available in the cinema including the latest feature films and international choices.  All the theatres include comfortable well raked seating ensuring a good view wherever you sit.

Classes for All

The theatre works hard to support the local community.  A range of classes in creative skills, dance and drama are available and ensure continued interest in the theatre.  Former Dr Who’s assistant, Karen Gillan, began her acting career and part of the Senior Youth Group at Eden Court Theatre.

Food and Drink

There’s a comfortable bar and the restaurant overlooks the River Ness so it’s a great spot to stop for lunch whilst you watch the river view.  The striking building has a prime spot on the river, not too far from the Ness Island and Bught Park but also only 10 minutes walk from the centre of Inverness.

We recommend paying a visit to Eden Court whilst you stay in Inverness, especially if you’re staying here for a few nights.  There’s more details on What’s on in Inverness 2019 at Eden Court and other venues around Inverness.

Bannerman Bed and Breakfast is ideally located if you are attending an event at Eden Court Theatre. If you’re looking for a b&b near Eden Court Theatre, check our rates page to find our competitive prices all year round.

Eating Places in Inverness
Eating Places in Inverness

Dinner at the Rocpool

It’s been a struggle to pick 10 favourite eating places in Inverness, as I could easily have suggested another 10.  Admittedly a couple are just outside Inverness but well worth the journey and clearly we are spoilt for choice.  I’ve lived here for over a decade, so I’ve had time to do extensive research into compiling 10 favourite eating places in Inverness.

Make a Reservation

I strongly recommend you make a dinner reservation before you get here if you’re staying here in the summer months.  All the eating places below get very busy and if you have a favourite then book ahead.  There are many more eating options than just the ones listed below.  Each one listed below has a link to the business’ website but also many are listed on Open Table.

1. Rocpool Restaurant

It remains my favourite of all since it never disappoints.  It’s a modern Inverness brasserie on the banks of the River Ness with a lively atmosphere, exceptional food and attentive service.  Reservations are recommended, so you won’t miss out.

The Dores Inn on the south side of Loch Ness

The Dores Inn on the south side of Loch Ness

2. Dores Inn

10 miles outside Inverness on the banks of Loch Ness, the setting for this delightful pub is stunning.  Whatever time of year you go the scenery is wonderful.  This traditional inn with slate floor and wood-burning stove is comfortable and welcoming and the choice of local food and drink is extensive.

3. Mustard Seed

A very well-known Inverness restaurant with a lively atmosphere.  The building on the riverside was originally a church and then a book shop and has been transformed into a modern restaurant serving a European menu with Highland influences and in-season ingredients.

4. The Kitchen

in the same theme the Kitchen is owned by the same group as the Mustard Seed and has a similar menu and equally good standards.  It is set in a modern glass fronted building on the other side of the river.  It has a brasserie style and includes a pasta and pizza section.

5. The Black Isle Bar

My favourite pub in Inverness.  This is a welcoming bar with big tables for groups to sit and a friendly atmosphere.  They serve craft beer and organic wines.  The beer includes stock from their own Black Isle Brewery.  They have a simple menu which is mainly wood-fired pizzas with many local ingredients.

6. Girvans Restaurant and Patisserie

An old-fashioned cafe style restaurant in the heart of the city centre.  Sometimes there is a queue to get a table in Girvans at peak times but it’s not for long and it’s worth the wait.  It has an extensive menu offering good value and it’s open all day.  Perfect for a coffee and a strawberry tart while you take a break from retail therapy.

7. The Fig and Thistle

In a central location next door to Girvans, this is a really friendly restaurant serving excellent lunches and dinners and includes traditional Scottish fayre.

8. Cafe One

This is a modern, exciting restaurant situated opposite Inverness castle.  They specialise in serving interesting menus with local ingredients, including food sourced from their own farm.

9. Urquharts Restaurant

This is a family run city centre restaurant on a first floor.  They serve huge portions of delicious, hearty food.

10. An Talla by Loch Ness

About 4 miles outside Inverness, this new addition to the list is on the banks of the Caledonian Canal. It is the starting and finishing point of many of the Jacobite Cruise boat trips on Loch Ness, and includes a ticket office for the boat trips and a lovely gift shop.  This cafe is open daily 9 to 5 and it’s a great spot for breakfast or lunch.

Inverness Accommodation

You’ll need a great place to stay whilst you enjoy all these eating options, so here is my Bed and Breakfast.  Read more about why you should stay in Inverness and why it’s a great destination here.