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Dog Friendly Inverness Accommodation

Many people are holidaying in the UK for the first time. If you want to include your dog, you’ll need dog friendly accommodation. This is a perfect base in the Scottish Highlands providing dog friendly Inverness accommodation.

We have 4 comfortable ensuite rooms, 2 large king-size doubles, a twin and a single with a double bed. Each room has home comforts – a television, tea/coffee, silent fridge, hairdryer and free wifi. There’s space for a dog bed in each room.

This is a great location with or without your pet. We are walking distance from the riverside, with the Bught Park and Ness Islands nearby making an ideal walk. We’re also not far from the Caledonian Canal, a superb setting for a picturesque walk with a tempting dog friendly pub along the way. Further afield we have a great choice of beaches, golf courses and gardens to visit. Or you may prefer getting out in the hills and making the most of the Highland air and stunning scenery. Read more on my favourite beaches in the area.

I can recommend a few dog friendly eating places too.

An Talla

Four miles from Inverness on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, this modern cafe is at one of the starting points for a cruise on Loch Ness. Jacobite Cruises own this restaurant, shop and ticket office for boat trips. An Talla is open from 10am – 4pm every day, so it’s an ideal spot for coffee and cake after a dog walk along the canal. You can also take your dog on a boat trip.

Black Isle Bar

This is a city centre bar with a great relaxed atmosphere. They serve organic wine and beer and the beer is from their own Black Isle Brewery. Also excellent pizzas are made in their wood fired pizza oven. They are quick to offer a bowl of water for your dog.

McGregors Bar

Another city centre bar specialising in Scottish fayre. It’s a former Scottish Pub of the Year and often features live traditional music. The food, service and atmosphere are great and there’s lovely outdoor terrace.

Clachnaharry Inn

This is a very well known pub locally with a great reputation for a Sunday roast. It’s situated near the Caledonian Canal so it’s a perfect spot for a pub lunch after a dog walk along the canal.

To book a break with your dog, then look no further than this dog friendly Inverness accommodation. To find out our rates and availability check out website.

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Where should I stay in Scotland

Inverness is one of 7 cities in Scotland and a must-see city for anyone visiting Scotland. There’s a rich variety of places to see in and around the City. It’s also a perfect base for getting to other parts of the Scottish Highlands. So if you’re asking where should I stay in Scotland, Inverness should be on your list.

It’s a bustling city, with breath-taking scenery and you can’t forget its famous Loch is home to the infamous Loch Ness Monster! That’s what makes it the perfect exploration ground for a staycation.

So to help you plan a trip, we’ve put together a short itinerary of some of the things you might enjoy in and around the area when you’re here. We’ve tied this in with VisitScotland’s staycation guide, which has been created to help visitors plan their ideal trip. There’s something for everyone – adventure seekers, curious travellers, history enthusiasts, foodies and lovers of the outdoors. Check out our recommended itinerary for exploring Inverness in four days.

Day 1

For the adventure seeker in you, why not take the challenging cycle along the Great Glen Way, which is 117 km in length, or enjoy something even more thrill-seeking with a bungee jump.

Day 2

For heritage enthusiasts, why not visit the very site of the final Jacobite Rising, Culloden Battlefield? Nearby is Cawdor Castle, a picturesque castle and gardens well worth a visit. Or head to Inverness Cathedral and enjoy the wonderful showcase of architecture and fascinating history.

Day 3

To nourish the food-lover in you, why not visit one of Inverness’ wonderful restaurants. There are lots of options to savour delicious cuisine in friendly relaxed settings after a day of exploring. Read more on my Top 10 Favourite Eating Places in Inverness.

Day 4

For the outdoor lover in you, enjoy the natural surroundings of Inverness with a boat tour on Loch Ness. Be sure to bring your camera in case you catch a glimpse of the legendary Nessie.

Ready to plan your staycation in Inverness? Call, email or book online. We very much look forward to welcoming you here.

Eden Court Theatre

What’s on at Eden Court Theatre

Eden Court is a wonderful art and entertainment centre less than 10 minutes walk from here. We are very fortunate to have this invaluable cultural centre in the Highland capital. With so many events taking place for all tastes everyone wants to know what’s on at Eden Court Theatre.

Empire Theatre

One of 2 theatres, the Empire Theatre is the largest and hosts everything from opera, ballet, musicals, drama, stand-up comedy to traditional music performers. The modern auditorium is a perfect size for both a rousing band and solo performers. The seating is raked so you can be sure of an excellent view of the stage. Furthermore, just like the rest of the building, the theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Cinema

Eden Court showcases the best in contemporary and classis theatre. Films include new releases, blockbusters, arthouse, independent and classics. They are shown in the smaller theatres which still have the great sound and vision of a multiplex.

Education

The theatre offers a wide range of educational courses for young and old. For instance there’s a large programme of Gaelic and traditional arts across the Highlands.

Hospitality

The welcoming restaurant, bar and foyer are a great place to meet. Whether you want to grab a coffee before the cinema or meet friends for lunch Eden Court is an ideal spot. With free wifi and seating areas on three floors, it’s a great base to plan your day.

Under Canvas

During the summer months there’s a very accessible programme of traditional music and DJ sets outside the theatre, but Under Canvas in a long stretch tent. It’s a summer festival from July to September, outside Eden Court on the banks of the beautiful River Ness. As well as the live music, delicious pizzas are served from the wood-fired pizza often alongside a range of local beers, gin and whisky.

For the current what’s on at Eden Court Theatre, check out their website. With it in such close proximity to us, check out why people stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast. Find out our rates and availability and all the information your need for Inverness accommodation visit our website.

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Inverness B&B Serving a Vegan Breakfast

Finding an Inverness B&B serving a vegan breakfast shouldn’t be difficult. Most hotels and guest houses are happy to adapt to special diets, but there isn’t always the same choice for vegans as other guests. We’ve always catered for vegetarians but now we’ve gone a step further and created a breakfast menu just for vegans. With a full choice of vegan options, our menu will appeal to guests following a plant-based diet and anyone wanting to cut down on eating meat.

So what’s on the vegan menu?

Just like our standard breakfast menu you can choose to indulge in a hearty breakfast or graize the healthy options. Our overnight oats are very popular appetiser with all the guests. The oats are soaked in almond milk so they are suitable for all. You can opt for a Full Vegan Breakfast including grilled vegetarian sausages for a satisfying start to the day. Avocado and tomatoes on toast or portobello mushrooms with beans, tomatoes and vegan cheese are new additions to the choices available. You can’t beat the traditional Scottish breakfast, porridge, which is flavoured to your liking. Of course as with our standard menu, you can mix and match choices on the vegan menu. Here’s our full vegan menu.

We are still serving our standard breakfast menu alongside this.

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So if you’ve been yearning for more choice for breakfast this is the place to come. At the moment the number of people on a vegan diet is still quite small. For that reason we ask that you let us know in advance if you’d like a vegan breakfast. One day’s notice is fine. This means we have everything in stock and it avoids food waste. As the number of people following a plant-based diet increases we expect this to become more flexible. Find out more about local restaurants providing vegan options.

For anyone looking for an Inverness b&b with a vegan breakfast please email alison@bannermanbandb.co.uk or check our website for availability. Read more on why you should stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast.

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Child Free 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. Here you can appreciate a comfortable night’s sleep in peace and quiet on your Inverness break. You can enjoy a relaxing breakfast without interruptions from the little ones. This is the perfect place for a UK staycation.

Grown up Break

Of course there are lots of activities and places of interest to visit in the Highlands whilst getting away from the family. As well as a vast array of historic attractions like Culloden Battlefield, Dunrobin Castle and Urquhart Castle, there’s stunning scenery to visit in every direction. We have golden sandy beaches all along the east coast. Nearby there are opportunities for dolphin watching from land and at sea. Wildlife fans can see animals in their natural habitat at Loch Garten, including the magnificent ospreys. For a bit of exercise you can hire bikes from Ticket to Ride which is a short walk away from here. As well as providing the equipment they will advise you on the best routes and provide maps.

Distilleries and Shopping

When the weather’s a wee bit dreich, it’s a great time to visit a distillery or 2. There’s also the Black Isle Brewery and a bit of retail therapy in the Highland capital, Inverness. Without the kids you can indulge in a few late nights. Take in the wonderful selection of restaurants, many of which are walking distance from Bannerman Bed and Breakfast. For example MacGregor’s bar is a former Scottish bar of the year. You can ready more on my top eating places in Inverness.

So go on … treat yourselves to an Inverness break and make the most of your time away from the kids. Check availability for our child free accommodation.

Bannerman Bed and Breakfast

Why stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast?

With so many places to choose for your stay in Inverness, it’s reasonable to ask why stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast? You might be booking a staycation in the UK for the first time. Or perhaps you’re overwhelmed by the amount of places available. This is a 4 star Inverness bed and breakfast, with a proven track record in customer service. Here’s more on why you should stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast.

Essentials

The first thing you’re looking for is somewhere supremely clean and comfortable. A good night’s sleep is essential and you’ll get that here. We have 4 rooms, 2 king-size doubles, 1 twin and 1 single (with a double bed). I’m often asked where did we get our beds, as they are so comfortable.

The rooms also have all the comforts you’d expect in modern accommodation – television, tea/coffee facilties, silent fridge, hairdryer and free wifi. The ensuite shower-room is equipped with soft towels and Scottish Fine Soap toiletries.

Hearty Breakfast

After a good night’s sleep a delicious hearty breakfast is available. Our breakfast menu offers all sorts of options, catering for all tastes and diets. The Full Highland Breakfast is very popular, as well as the Full Vegetarian. There are many lighter options and our overnight oats are a great talking point, as is the home-made jam. As much as possible we use local produce and our sausages and bacon are from the local butcher. In addition to the standard breakfast menu, a vegan menu is also available by arrangement. If you have an early start the we can arrange an early breakfast or a takeaway breakfast.

Location

We’re on the A82, the main road to Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit and Fort William. Bannerman Bed and Breakfast is walking distance to the city centre with restaurants and bars about 15 minutes walk from here. Inverness is a small city and you can walk to many attractions from here. You can take a lovely walk along the riverside, passed the Bught Park and through the beautiful Ness Islands. Eden Court Theatre, our Highland art centre, is less than 10 minutes walk and Inverness Botanic Gardens are also nearby.

Customer Service

Local recommendations can make a real difference to how much you enjoy your trip to Inverness. So let me help you make the most of your stay here. I’ve run Bannerman Bed and Breakfast for 15 years so I’ve built up a knowledge of the area. I can help with restaurant reservations and give ideas on days out. I’m here to make sure your stay goes smoothly, so if anything is amiss let me know.

Read more on my recommended eating places in Inverness.

Make a booking

So now you know why you should stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast. You can find out our availability by calling 01463 259199 or emailing alison@bannermanbandb.co.uk or check online. I look forward to welcoming you here.

Loch Ness

Is it worth visiting Loch Ness?

As one of the most famous landmarks in the country, the answer has to be yes – it is worth visiting Loch Ness. And there are so many ways to experience this stunning location. Loch Ness starts a few miles from the Highland capital, Inverness. It’s a very long and deep stretch of water, in fact it’s 22 miles long. Three lochs, including Loch Ness stretch the width of Scotland from Fort William to Inverness. The lochs are linked together by the man-made Caledonian Canal, which was designed by Thomas Telford. The canal was completed in 1822, which was 5 years after it was due and it cost more than double the estimate. Some things never change!

Of course Loch Ness is much more famous for what lies beneath. Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster have been reported since 1933, As a result, people have been Nessie hunting ever since. You can join in the search for the elusive creature. Take a drive passed Loch Ness and even the biggest sceptic is tempted to take a peak. What is that big dark shadow that seems to be moving? Something is sticking out of the water – is it Nessie’s head or perhaps some driftwood?

Whichever way you decide to take in the wonderful setting of Loch Ness, there’s interest for everyone.

History

Fifteen miles from Inverness is Urquhart Castle, which stands on the cliff edge just outside Drumnadrochit, It’s well worth a visit with views of the Loch, which are only seen from inside the castle boundary. For a fascinating insight into Scotland’s geological past, Loch Ness Exhibition Centre is the place to visit. It’s also in the village of Drumnadrochit. If you’re interested in the engineering of the Caledonian Canal, the Visitor Centre in Fort Augustus gives a fascinating history of the canal. Furthermore, as it’s the farthest tip of Loch Ness there’s a wonderful viewpoint to take in the landscape.

Landmarks

There are many places you’ll want to stop and take a photograph around Loch Ness. Fortunately there are many places to park your vehicle safely to admire the view. As well as the iconic landmarks of Urquhart Castle, the canal locks at Fort Augustus and the viewpoint at Fort Augustus, there’s interest all round the loch. On the other side there’s the Falls of Foyers and the viewpoint in Dores Village. You can see across to Urquhart Castle in the distance.

Ways to Travel

If you want to go all around Loch Ness, the easiest way is by car. There are many interesting and useful places to stop along the way, so you could take all day for the whole journey or drive round in a couple of hours. The north side of the Loch has the A82 running alongside it, which is the main road to Fort William. As a result the traffic is busier on that side than the south. The southern side meanders and has some parts for single lane traffic with passing places. Many other means of transport are available, such as bus, foot, cycle, kayak and boat. For the best information on the many off-road routes and paths www.lochness360.com will inspire you.

Many people take in the Loch on a boat trip, such as Jacobite Cruises. They offer different trips each day but a typical trip is the 2 hour trip which includes an hour at Urquhart Castle.

Eating Out

There are too many hotels, restaurants and cafes along the route to mention them all. A few favourites are the Dores Inn, An Talla and Camerons Tea Room and Farm Shop.

Accommodation

Bannerman Bed and Breakfast is a perfect base to explore Loch Ness. We are situated on the A82, the road to Loch Ness but still within walking distance of the centre of Inverness. Contact us for more information on this dog-friendly Inverness b&b.

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Top 10 Inverness Restaurants

Inverness restaurants – a B&B owner’s top 10 recommendations

You’ll be pleased to know my 10 favourite eating places in Inverness have all reopened.  They all have special measures in place to keep you safe.  Some Inverness restaurants have reduced capacity as a result so booking is essential.  You can find out more about each one by checking their website or Facebook page. 

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.  The 10 mentioned here cover a range of styles, cuisine and budget.

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.

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 my favourite Inverness restaurants, so here is my Inverness b&b. Find out why you should stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast.