Inverness Half Marathon Accommodation in a Perfect Location

If you’re still looking for bed and breakfast accommodation for the Inverness Half Marathon on 9th March 2014, then Bannerman Bed and Breakfast is just what you’re looking for.   With both the start and the finish of the race only a few minutes walk away, then this is a great base for you to prepare for and recuperate from the race.

Inverness Marathon

The race start is in the Bught Park at 12.30 on 9th and the finish is in the Queen’s Park Stadium in the Inverness Sports Centre both of which are a short walk from here.  In addition to the Half Marathon there’s also a 5K fun race for all the family and the 5K team attack.

 

 

 

Bannerman Bed and Breakfast is a small, stylish bed and breakfast with 4 comfortable bedrooms.  Each room has ensuite facilities, flat-screen TV with DVD player, clock/radio/ipod dock, hairdryer, tea/coffee and free wifi.  Free off-road parking is available.  We are walking distance from the town centre as well as a perfect location for the marathon.

A healthy start to the day

A healthy start to the day 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we frequently welcome runners here, we are accustomed to encouraging nervous runners on race day and provide a nutritious breakfast including a filling bowl of porridge to help get you round the route.

The Global Energy Inverness ½ Marathon starts along the banks of the River Ness near the centre of Inverness, the Highland capital.  It then follows the river, running beneath the dramatic outline of Inverness Castle. A warm welcome finally awaits all runners as they approach the finish line on entering the city’s Queen’s Park Stadium – achieved by over 3400 runners in 2013 and many others over the decades it has been staged.  So the challenge is there: a beautiful run over a course suitable for all levels of ability. We invite you to take your place on the start line on Sunday 9th March in 2014 – so why don’t you come along and join in the fun!

Escape the Winter Weather

Sick of the rain and floods?  Fed up with wearing wellies?  Then head north to Inverness and escape the floods.  Believe it or not the Highlands are experiencing great weather for the time of year.  Yes of course there’s the odd shower of rain… or windy day but on the whole the snow is where we like it to be, in the mountains.  Last week I cut the grass here at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast, at least a month earlier than normal and in January the north of Scotland experienced less than average rainfall.

A Walk round the Ness Islands

Here’s Barney enjoying a beautiful walk through the Bught Park and then around the Ness Islands, only a short walk from Bannerman Bed and Breakfast.
Barney on the Ness Islands Barney in the Bught
If you’re tired of staying indoors because the weather is so bad and the news is full of doom and gloom, there are places in the UK where you can get away from it all.  Our thoughts are with those affected by the terrible weather and we hope everyone keeps safe but the whole of the UK is not affected by the storms and the conditions in the north of the country are much better.   There are great skiing conditions in the Cairngorms and the Nevis Mountain Range.  The salmon fishing season is already underway and we’ve seen fisherman in the River Ness waist deep in the water in the last couple of weeks.
Of course you don’t have to be enjoying the outdoors.  If that’s not for you, there’s plenty in the area that can be enjoyed from inside.  Inverness has a fantastic choice of restaurants and bars and a selection of shops to meet every budget.  With Eden Court Theatre only a few minutes walk from here and a number of pubs featuring live music, there’s entertainment for all.
Need I say more, head for the A9…

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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!

 

 

Bannerman Bathrooms go live ahead of schedule

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.

Our business was closed for 3 weeks whilst the extensive work took place.  As you can imagine there was a great deal of mess, dust and upheaval.  Two plumbers, 3 electricians, 1 joiner, 1 tiler and 2 painters all worked like clockwork as they coordinated the tasks between them.  This followed a massive clean up to find 2 brand new sparkly ensuite bathrooms.

Touches of luxury

It was quite difficult to choose the new fittings but we’re delighted with the white furniture with chrome fittings.  The heated chrome towel rail and fluffy white towels add a touch of luxury.  We’ve opted for toiletries from Scottish Fine Soap.  Handwash, body lotion, shampoo and body wash come in large dispensers so we’ve cut down in plastic.  My favourite detail is the mirror, which has a light, a demister pad and an electric socket for your toothbrush.

A few guests commented before about having two separate taps in the basins and how difficult it is to get the right temperature.  This seems to be typical in buildings in the UK traditionally from piping infrastructure.  Now you’ll be pleased to know we have mixer taps, so the temperature can be adjusted.

As before we’re lucky to have good water pressure.  The showers are easy to use and provide a much needed blast to wake you up in the morning.  After a comfortable night’s sleep you can relax in our lovely bathrooms whilst you get ready for the day ahead.  Want to try them for yourself?  Book Bannerman Bed and Breakfast to see for yourself.

So the next project will be the bathrooms in the other two rooms.  Can’t wait to get started despite the mess.

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