Valentines Weekend is coming soon – 14th February 2014

Where better to treat your loved one, than to whisk them away for a Valentines weekend break in Inverness and the stunning Scottish Highlands.  There’s still time to get organised and plan something special for a romantic get away.

Romantic walks in the glen

photo34 We’re surrounded by beautiful walks whether it’s a stroll along the sands of Dornoch or Lossiemouth beaches or treking the Great Glen Way.  About an hour’s drive from Inverness is Glen Affric where you’ll find panoramic views of the countryside with organised walks for all abilities.  And then there’s the Ness Islands, a short stroll from the town centre of Inverness.

 

 

Monster Hunting

photo3It may not sound like a romantic option but a cruise on Loch Ness is a great way to take in the beautiful setting of the most talked about loch in Scotland.  Jacobite Cruises run several tours a day, including the option of visiting Urquhart Castle.

 

 

 

Whisky Tasting

iStock_000001904344XSmallYou don’t have to go too far anywhere in Scotland to find a distillery worth visiting.  It’s a fascinating tour whether you’ve never tried whisky before of if you have a favourite malt you’d like to know more about.  And of course at the end of a tour there’s the opportunity to sample the goods and identify your fabourite.  Near Inverness there’s Tomatin, Glen Ord and Glenmorangie and we’re just over an hour’s drive to the whisky trail on Speyside.

Table for Two

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There’s a vast choice of restaurants in Inverness.  The Dores Inn is set in the most stunning setting on the shores of Loch Ness 8 miles from Inverness.  It offers the atmosphere of a traditional country pub complete with log-burner and sofas as well as an excellent menu filled with local produce.  Or how about starting the evening with cocktails in the Rocpool Reserve Hotel, not to be confused with one of our favourites the Rocpool Restaurant.  There’s also a new Prosecco and Tapas Bar in the town centre as well as other favourites like the Mustard Seed, the Kitchen and Cafe 1.  We’re very happy to make recommendations and reservations for you.

This year Valentines Day falls on a Friday, so this year a weekend away will fit in nicely.  Whatever you decide to do, let us know if we can help with your accommodation needs in Inverness.

 

 

 

 

The Year of Homecoming 2014 will help visitors find out more about their ancestors.

What’s on in Inverness 2014

Dates for your diary!

With a momentous year of activity and events happening in Scotland this year, here’s a run down of what’s in store to help you plan your next visit.  2014 is the Year of Homecoming in Scotland and you can find out what it’s all about and what events are planned throughout Scotland at VisitScotland.com

 

January

22-25th January Eden Court Theatre – Scottish Ballet performs Hansel and Gretel

25th January Falcon Square to Eden Court Theatre – Burns, the Life of a Poet

26th January Ironworks – Newton Falkner

February

13th February Eden Court Theare – Taking Care of Elvis

17th February Eden Court Theatre – The Celtic Ladies

20th February Eden Court Theatre – The Meatloaf Story

22nd February Eden Court Theatre – Inverness Fiddlers Rally 2013

22nd February Highland Car Club Snowman Rally

26th February Eden Court Theatre – Swan Lake

March

1st March Eden Court Theatre – Rumours of Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac Forever – World Tour 2014

3rd – 14th March All around Eden Court Theatre – Inverness Music Festival

6th March Eden Court Theatre – Facinating Aida

9th March Inverness Half Marathon

10th and 11th March Eden Court Theatre – Jason Manford – First World Problems

12th and 13th March Eden Court Theatre – Brendan Cole’s Licence to Thrill

14th March Eden Court Theatre – Blazin’ Fiddles

14th March Ironworks – Dr Feelgood

26-29th March  Eden Court Theatre – Day and Night performed by Inverness Opera Company

April

4th and 5th April Bogbain Farm – Inverness Whisky Festival

6th April Eden Court Theatre – Sarah Millican – Home Bird

9th – 12th April Eden Court Theare – Inverness Gang Show 2014

13th April Eden Court Theatre – Foster and Allen

23rd April Eden Court Theatre – The Simon and Garfunkel Story

24th April Eden Court Theatre – Eddi Reader and special guests in concert

25th April Eden Court Theatre – National Jazz Orchestra of Scotland

26th April Ironworks – Abbamania

May

3/4th May Maggie’s Monster Bike and Hike Challenge

7-10th May Eden Court Theatre – Scottish Ballet perform Romeo and Juliet

11th May Eden Court Theatre – Dominic Kirwan in concert

14th May Eden Court Theatre – The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland

21st May Eden Court Theatre – Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson in concert

June

1st June Eden Court Theatre – Elio Pace performs The Billy Joel Songbook

5-7th June Eden Court Theatre – Madam Butterfly performed by Scottish Opera

6-8th June Loch Ness – Rock Ness

23-28th June Eden Court Theare – Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap 60th Anniversary Tour

July

19th July Northern Meeting Park – Inverness Highland Games

August

1-2nd August Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

13th and 14th August Eden Court Theare – One Night of Queen

September

12-14th September Northern Meeting Park – Masters World Championships, Inverness Highland Games

20th and 21st September Eden Court Theatre – Nathan Carter in concert

25th September Eden Court Theatre – Ross Noble – Tangentleman

28th September Loch Ness Marathon

October

10th – 17th October – Royal National Mod 2014

9th October Ironworks – The Ultimate Eagles

19th October Eden Court Theatre – Joan Armatrading in concert

November

11th and 12th November Eden Court Theatre – Patsy Cline 50th Anniversary Tour

21st November Eden Court Theatre – Daniel Sloss … Really!?

December

31st December Red Hot Highland Fling in the Northern Meeting Park.

We will add more events as they are confirmed but if we’ve missed an important event in the Inverness area please let us know.

 

If you’re planning a vacation in the Scottish Highlands, then a great start to planning your holiday would be to base yourself in the Highland capital, Inverness.  From here you can access the beauty of the nearby scenic countryside in every direction and enjoy the culture and history of a vibrant and attractive city.

Travel to the Highlands

There are many ways to travel to the Highlands. If you’re travelling from outside the UK there are a few international flights arriving at Inverness airport, a short 7 mile trip from the city and many domestic flights from other parts of the UK including London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham..  You can also fly on from Inverness to a number of Scottish islands like Shetland and Benbecula.  Many people opt to fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airports and either hire a car or take the train enjoying the fantastic scenery on the journey to Inverness.   Of course you can also spend some time in these bustling cities full of life and Scottish heritage and in sharp contrast to the peaceful Highlands.

Inverness Accommodation

Inverness has every option on accommodation whether you’re backpacking on a budget or ready to push the boat out on a 5* hotel.  For a more personal approach there is a great selection of bed and breakfasts and guest houses competitively priced and offering excellent service.   You’ll find exceptional attention to detail and a host glad to offer recommendations for days out.

What to see in the Highlands

There’s so many things to d0 and see in the Scottish Highlands, many guests return again and again.  Whether you’re here to research your ancestry, take in the great outdoors, or visit the many local attractions there’s something for everyone.  A must-see for most guests is of course Loch Ness and it’s famous inhabitant, Nessie.  On the north side you can travel to Drumnadrochit which is 15 miles away and features the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre and the fascinating Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.  The south side of Loch Ness is a quieter route with some beautiful walks including Foyers falls and who can resist a trip to the Dores Inn, a wonderful country pub on the shores of Loch Ness.  From Inverness you can do day trips to Orkney, the Isle of Skye or Fort William.  You can also travel north to John O’Groats and reach the top of mainland Scotland by car or to Ullapool and the stunning scenery the west coast has to offer.  Nearer to the city there’s Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle between England and Scotland, Cawdor Castle and dolphin-spotting on the Black Isle.  For whisky lovers you don’t need to go too far for distilleries or you can make a whole holiday of distillery visiting.  Glenmorangie, Glenmoray and Glangrant are not too far and you can find out more about Scottish produce at Johnstons of Elgin and Baxters of Speyside.

2014 is going to be an exciting year for Scotland with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the Year of Homecoming so time to start planning your Highland vacation now.

A Highland cow.

A Highland cow.

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Great accommodation on the Great Glen Way

Walkers on the Great Glen

 

 

Christmas shopping in Inverness is the way to tackle the challenge that comes round fast every year.  To ensure you have everything you need for the holidays,  there’s no better place to find your festive must-haves than in Inverness.  Consumers wanting to “Shop Inverness” before Christmas comes have a range of options open to them, with something to suit all shopping styles!

Night time illuminations on the River Ness

Largest Shopping Centre in the Highlands

Head to the city’s Eastgate Centre – the Highlands largest shopping venue with more than 60 stores offering everything from toys to clothes and jewellery to electricals.  There are also a selection of retail parks outside of the city centre, providing additional shopping opportunities, as well as ample parking and exciting leisure facilities allowing you to make last minute chores a day out for all the family.

Unique Shopping Experience in Inverness

For alternative and independent stores, why not try the Victorian Market, under cover shopping in a unique environment, with fun stores with interesting and unique items for your stocking – you can even stop for refreshments in one of a selection of cafes and coffee shops!

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One of the latest additions to the Inverness shopping experience is The Village in Union Street. This exciting venture sees a selection of service providers and retailers coming together under one roof to create a unique city shopping experience.

Shop Inverness Online with Click and Collect

Of course, many people prefer to select their shopping from the comfort of their own sofa – and this year Inverness is even offering that option, with traders across the city having signed up to a unique Click and Collect service.

The Inverness Shop Local service, which is being run in conjunction with Inverness BID offers products from Castle Gallery, Harry Gow, Highland House of Fraser, Highland Schoolwear, Iolaire, Judith Glue, Oil and Vinegar, Ramada Encore, Robertsons the Larder Farm Shop, Spin a Yarn, The Flower Company, Uppercut Gifts and Wine Time, which online shoppers can reserve from the calm of their living room to pay for and pick up at an arranged time that suits their schedule.

Whatever your shopping style, you can be sure Inverness has something to suit your last minute shopping needs – and we all know there’s no better place to be than in the heart of the Highlands for the holidays!

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.

 

Bannerman BNB

 

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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