Our Inverness Blog

We’ve gathered some useful ideas on Inverness, the Highlands and places of interest for you while staying at our Inverness B&B

At Bannerman Bed and Breakfast we are always delighted to help with advice and recommendations on your visit. Here are some articles that will aid you in planning a memorable trip.

Dog Friendly Inverness Restaurants

For all us dog owners, it’s good to know we are starting to have more dog friendly Inverness restaurants. Here’s my recommendations for dog friendly eating places in Inverness. It’s nice to know there are places ready to welcome you and your dog, and ready to offer a water bowl for your pet. There are more places than just the ones featured. As the weather improves in the summer there are many more eating outside options.

Dog Friendly Bars

Black Isle Bar

A city centre bar with a relaxed and friendly vibe. As it’s owned by the Black Isle Brewery, there’s a plentiful supply of craft beer and the wine is organic. The food is mostly pizzas which are cooked in their wood fired oven and topped with local ingredients.

Rose Street Foundry

A city centre venue with the bothy bar downstairs and restaurant upstairs. The bothy bar is dog friendly. This historic building has been restored into a vibrant bar featuring Cairngorm and Loch Ness Brewery brands.

Blackfriars Bar

A traditional old bar which has recently been refurbished. This friendly bar focuses on locally sourced food and drink.

The Walrus and Corkscrew

A small but perfectly formed wine bar in the city centre, with an impressive wine list. The wine can be accompanied by sharing platters of locally sourced meat, cheese and bread.

Encore

A large friendly bar with a great selection of food and drink. This one is nearest to Bannerman Bed and Breakfast, as it’s about a 10 minute walk from here.

The Corriegarth Hotel

This is a small hotel in the Crown area of Inverness. It has a friendly bar and restaurant with an outside terrace,

Dog Friendly Cafes

Caffe Nero

Part of the chain, this high street coffee shop welcomes dogs.

An Talla

Four miles from Inverness, An Talla is located beside the Caledonian Canal and is the departure point for Jacobite Cruises on Loch Ness. As well as a gift shop and ticket office, there’s a friendly cafe serving breakfast and lunch. After a lovely dog walk along the canal path the cafe is a great spot for a snack.

Dont Forget to Make a Reservation

If you’re planning a break in Inverness with your pet, this list of dog friendly Inverness restaurants is a good starting point. Inverness is a busy vibrant city with many eating options. With thousands of visitors all year round it’s always a good idea to make a reservation, especially as not everywhere is dog friendly. At the same time you can make a reservation here, Bannerman Bed and Breakfast, an Inverness dog-friendly guest house. Click here for more eating out options in Inverness.

Fraser Room

Accommodation for Loch Ness Marathon

With years of experience hosting Loch Ness Marathon runners, participants from all over the world have stayed here. There’s 2 main reasons runners choose to stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast for the marathon.

1. Location

This is a perfect location to stay in if you’re running the Inverness marathons. Whether it’s the Inverness half marathon in March or the full Loch Ness Marathon in October or one of the many events based around the Bught Park, we’re a short walk away. The Bught Park hosts the registration events for all races. With an early start, it’s great to be near the action. The half marathon starts on the riverside next to the park and finishes at the nearby Queens Park stadium. Runners for the full marathon are picked up at the Bught Park and driven by coach to the start point at the other end of Loch Ness. The finish is on the riverside alongside the park. So it’s not far for either event to drag your weary body from the finish line to Bannerman Bed and Breakfast for a rest.

2. It’s a lovely place to stay

We have 4 very comfortable ensuite rooms with all the usual facilities you need for a relaxing stay. Each room has a TV, tea/coffee, silent fridge, free wifi and a hairdryer. The 2 double rooms have king-size beds and the single has a standard double bed. The twin room has 2 single beds with double duvets for extra comfort.

Breakfast is delicious with flexible arrangements for runners. Early breakfast is available for runners on race day. A warming bowl of porridge is an excellent start to any day but it’s a particularly popular choice for slow release energy to get you round the route. Of course once you’ve completed the marathon you’ll be keen to indulge in a full breakfast the next day.

Everyone feels slightly anxious and excited on race day before they head to the start. Whether it’s your first Loch Ness Marathon or your hoping to improve your time you can be assured of friendly encouragement and be reassured everyone feels the same.

Now you’ve made a great choice to run one of the most scenic races in the world, make sure you also book accommodation at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast. This is a popular choice and Inverness gets very busy. It’s also a good idea to make dinner reservations for the night before and the night of the race. With thousands of competitors staying in the city you wont be the only visitors looking for a bowl of pasta the night before. Read more on my top 10 eating places in Inverness.

Inverness Castle

What’s happening at Inverness Castle

You can’t miss the big red boards around Inverness Castle at the moment. On closer inspection you’ll see the boards show some of the fascinating history of the castle. The reason for the boards is to close the castle buildings to the general public whilst Inverness Castle gets some dramatic changes. Access to the grounds is still available, so you can still enjoy the terrific views of the riverside and take a snap of Flora MacDonald.

New Development

Until recently Inverness Castle was the home of Inverness law courts. So unless you want to enter the building in handcuffs it’s not open to the general public. Now that the law courts are rehomed, the new plan is to develop the building into a stunning tourist destination. The first phase of the development sees the castle transform into an attraction for visitors and locals. The refurbished castle offers an insight into the fascinating history of Inverness and the Scottish Highlands. The landscape, culture and language will feature heavily. With a history as a court and prison, there are many intriguing spaces and stories to explore. As well as learning, the castle’s raised position overlooking the town will provide areas for eating, drinking shopping and taking in the stunning views. The grounds of the castle are to form an outdoor space to be enjoyed throughout the year.

Storytelling in the Highlands

Storytelling is a great Highland tradition and will feature heavily. Inverness Castle and grounds will celebrate the Spirit of the Highlands in 100 stories, which will capture the essence of the unique history of the area. The project aims to create an ‘Autobiography of the Highlands’. As a result we will have a digital archive built from a collection of stories all told by the people who live, work and visit here.

Inverness Castle Then and Now

Inverness Castle is currently 2 separate buildings. The first of those dates from 1830s and was the a courthouse. The second was built as a prison in the 1840s. This is the same site the original medieval castle. With a long and tempestuous history, the previous castle was set ablaze several times and endured many sieges. The castle was finally destroyed by the Jacobites prior to the Battle of Culloden in 1746. You can find out more about the history of the area and your Scottish roots at the Highland Archive Centre.

In the future a new glass building will link the two towers, providing a wonderful light space with views to the riverside. This public space will be a perfect location to take in Inverness and plan your day from here.

Work has started now on the development with a tentative opening date of the first phase around late 2022. In the meantime there are still many sights to see in and around Inverness. The surrounding grounds are open including the famous statue of Flora MacDonald. The boards around the castle are really interesting and worth a read. For anyone travelling the Great Glen Way the castle is a welcome sight. There’s a stone marking the end of the journey from Fort William to Inverness.

Book your next Inverness stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast. This is the perfect base for taking in the sights of Inverness and the surrounding Scottish Highlands.

Bannerman Bed and Breakfast
47 Glenurquart Road,
Inverness IV3 5NZ
Scotland

Tel;44 (0)1463 259199
alison@bannermanbandb.co.uk