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 your holiday accommodation.

As the season is hotting up and visitor numbers are increasing it can be difficult to find suitable 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 your destination 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.

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.

Happy Holidays x

 

Eating Places in Inverness
Eating Places in Inverness

Dinner at the Rocpool

As I have lived over a decade in Inverness, 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.

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.

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. Oakwood Restaurant – about 4 miles outside Inverness on the road to Loch Ness and Fort William.  This friendly restaurant with a delicious menu also has a gift shop.  It does not have an alcohol licence but they are happy for you to bring your own bottle and do not charge corkage.

And if you are looking for a place to stay in Inverness, here is my Bed and Breakfast.  You can read more about why you should stay in Inverness and why it’s a great destination here.