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!

 

 

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.

Ensuite bathroom Bannerman Bathroom Bannerman EnsuiteScottish Fine Soaps at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast

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!

Our website re-design

Brand New Website

We’re very excited to be launching our brand new website today.  This new site is accessible from your pc, laptop or smartphone and gives you all the information you need about Bannerman Bed and Breakfast and how to book.  There’s a great photo gallery so you can see the rooms for yourself.  You can see what others have already experienced here by reading their reviews.  There’s also key information on prices, where to find us and the all important breakfast menu.

Booking on the Road

With more people  than ever having smart phones or tablets it’s key that you can access the site whilst you’re on the road.  You may not have fixed plans for your trip so you may want to book accommodation at short notice.  Now you can check availability and prices and book online with a few clicks.  So you can be re-assured that whatever your plans for the day, you have somewhere to stay at the end of it.

You can also find out what’s on in the area and all the options for exploring the Scottish Highlands. This new site is also interactive so there’s the opportunity for you to comment on news or give us feedback from your stay.

New Blog

New to the site is the Blog, which I promise to try to keep up-to-date.  Here I will let you now about any new facilities or services we’re offering at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast but also let you know about local events and attractions in the area.  If a new restaurant opens, for example, I will tell you all about it, once I’ve sampled it of course – all in the interests of research.

We first started in 2006 and at the time I was delighted with the website we started with but that now looks very old-fashioned in comparison to the new one.

My special thanks to Iain for completely re-designing the website and ensuring the business keeps looking fresh and accessible for visitors.  You can see more f his work at www.iaincameron.dk and if you need a website, I cannot recommend him highly enough.

We can’t wait to hear what you think of the new site!

Accommodation walking distance from Bught Park

Loch Ness Marathon 2012

Our congratulations to all those who competed in the Loch Ness Marathon. It was a wonderful day, with beautiful weather, and even Nessie appeared …

The Start

The route must be one of the most scenic in the world, starting in the picturesque village of Dores on the banks of Loch Ness.  The runners start by running towards Inverness and around the city.  They finish along either side of the River Ness coming into the Bught Park for a hero’s welcome.  Spectators lined the route to cheer everyone on no matter what time they managed.  And of course the dress code for runners is ‘anything goes!’.  To enter the marathon most runners are raising money for charity.  As well as completing a physically enduring challenge, vast amounts of money are also raised for good causes.

We’ve hosted runners here many times for both the full marathon in September and also the half-marathon in March each year.  On each occasion most competitors have seemed quiet and nervous when they appear for an early breakfast on race day.  But often when they’ve chatted with other guests with varying running experience.  They are reassured that everyone is feeling slightly anxious at that stage.  Armed with a warming bowl of porridge inside them they leave ready to face the world.

The Finish

Runners leave from here to the pick up point at the Bught Park from where they travel to Dores by coach in time for the start of the race.   And of course when they finish the race they have not far to stagger back to the b&b to relax and recover their weary bodies.

We look forward to seeing our guests who took part again, for next years Loch Ness Marathon.  If you are interested in entering any of the local races check out the Loch Ness Marathon site, where you’ll see there are events for all abilities.

 

Loch Ness Marathon

Nessie takes centre stage at the Loch Ness Marathon