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.

What to see in Inverness

Inverness Castle Viewpoint
Inverness from the Castle

If you are planning a day without the use of a car, here’s what to see in Inverness city on foot. Take in the picturesque setting of the River Ness and landmark buildings along it as well as some highlights of the city centre.

From Bannerman Bed and Breakfast take a walk up Glenurquhart Road to Inverness Botanical Gardens. This is a small but wide ranging garden including greenhouses and space to admire the horticulture outside. Admission is free and there’s a friendly cafe inside.

Ness Islands

It’s a short walk to the Ness Islands along Bught Drive, passed Inverness Leisure Centre and the Ice Rink. There’s a handy kiosk at the Crazy Golf if you’re in need of a drink or ice cream The Ness Islands are a collection of small islands in the middle of the River Ness which are connected with bridges. This is such a scenic spot with all that nature has to offer. There are wonderful vistas and photo opportunities, you’ll forget you’re in a city.

You can walk through the islands to the other side of the River Ness, along Ladies Walk, for a picturesque view. Inverness Castle is up ahead and on the other side of the river is Eden Court Theatre and Inverness Cathedral. For now it is not possible to visit Inverness Castle, as it’s currently undergoing a major facelift. From 2025 it will be a major tourist attraction in the city and the marvellous view of the city will be available again.

Nearby is Inverness Museum, tucked back from the shops on Bridge Street. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday and you can see a range of collections and artefacts celebrating Highland life and heritage.

Victorian Market

The High Street features a selection of chains and coffee shops, as well as a few unique independent shops selling Highland dress and gifts. There’s the Eastgate Centre at the far side of the pedestrianised high street, with familiar stores and food court. For something different a couple of minutes walk is the Victorian Market. There are several entrances but the main one is opposite the train station. The market dates back to 1890 and has a cast iron and wooden domed roof. There are 30 independent businesses there, which includes a new food and drink hall.

As well as the food and drink hall in the market, there’s a great choice of eateries in the city centre with an emphasis on local produce. Read more on my favourite eating places in Inverness.

Leakey’s Bookshop

When you’re in the city centre it’s worth a look in Leakey’s bookshop, which is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5.30pm. For book lovers, you could stay here all day as it has a huge collection of rare and antiquarian books.

From here you may want to head back along the riverside on the other side of the river, this time taking a closer look at Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. During the summer months there’s a number of food stalls along the riverside.

You might prefer a more formal tour of the city, rather than just a few of my suggestions. There are many tour guides in the city, such as Cath’s Inverness Tours, a qualified local guide. If you want to go further afield, there’s a great choice of day tours from Inverness, to Skye, Orkney or Loch Ness and Culloden.

Open to bus tour

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

Jammy Piece

A friendly cafe along the Caledonian Canal. A perfect stop for a snack while walking the dog along the canal.

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.

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

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