Our Inverness Blog

Information on Inverness, the Highlands and places of interest 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.

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How to travel to Inverness

There are many ways to travel to Inverness. The journey from every direction is beautiful, so worth savouring if you can. If you’ve never been to Inverness take a look on a map. It’s on the north east coast of Scotland but it’s situated more west than the west coast of England. It sits at one end of the longest loch in Scotland, Loch Ness, the Great Glen Way and the Caledonian Canal which stretches to Fort William on the west coast. It’s at sea level but surrounded by hills and mountains.

By Train

Scotrail run the train service and provide all information on timetables and tickets. The journey from Edinburgh or Glasgow is about 3 hours 20 minutes and from Aberdeen it’s 2 hours and 15 minutes. From London it takes about 8 hours. How about taking the Caledonian Sleeper so you can leave the busy city in the evening and wake up in the beautiful Scottish Highlands feeling refreshed about a good night’s sleep.

By Bus

There are a few coach companies running bus services to Inverness. Check my bus give you details on the best prices and routes available.

By Car

From the south the most direct route to Inverness is up the A9, taking in the Grampian mountains with plenty of interest along the route. The House of Bruar is a good stopping point. It’s 2 hours from Inverness and is an excellent opportunity for refreshments, toilets and a stretch of the legs. From Glasgow and the west coast you can also take the A82, which is a very scenic route, passing Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland.

By Plane

Inverness airport is 7 miles from the city and it’s small, so it’s an easy connection, Most flights are internal with a few international exceptions including Amsterdam and Dublin. The flight time from London is about one hour and thirty minutes. Easyjet and British Airways fly most of the flights with Loganair providing vital connections to the Scottish islands.

Whichever way you get here, you’ll discover Inverness is a perfect base for exploring the Scottish Highlands. Read more in my blog on why you should stay in Inverness and in particular, why you should stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast. For help in planning your next trip, please get in touch.

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What is the North Coast 500?

The North Coast 500 is one of the best road trips in the world with the most beautiful landscape. It’s a circular route of the north coast of Scotland taking in rugged coastline and breath taking scenery. The key to making the most of this memorable experience is planning in advance. Here’s some tips on getting the best out of the trip.

The usual starting point is Inverness, the highland capital. You can go clockwise or anticlockwise, it’s entirely up to you. The route takes you through the east coast villages of Brora, Golspie, Helmsdale and up to Wick. It takes in John O’Groats, the most northerly point of the UK mainland. From there you go along the top of the north coast of Scotland, possibly taking in the view of Orkney on a clear day. Then there’s the dramatic north coastline and equally rugged west coastline down through the port of Ullapool and to the village of Applecross and back to Inverness. The route is challenging in places, with sections of single track road.

Accommodation

There is a wide range of types of accommodation whatever your budget. You’ll need at least 3 days to travel the route, although many advise longer. Booking accommodation in advance is essential. The route is popular all year round, especially in the summer months. Most of the road takes in small villages, so it’s advisable to book ahead for accommodation and dinner reservations.

Road Safety

Always remember to drive on the left and keep to the left starting off and when turning into another road. Visitors should familiarise themselves with the Highway Code in advance, especially on how to drive on single track roads. There are some parts of the NC500 which are not suitable for large/long vehicles. An alternative road is a better option for a long motorhome in places. You wouldn’t want to get stuck on a hairpin bend and block the traffic in both directions. You can find more information on maximum size of vehicles and alternative routes here.

Remember this wonderful route is shared by local people whose lives and livelihoods depend on these roads. You are also sharing it with fellow travellers from all over the road, who are not familiar with the area. Some stretches of the NC500 are unfenced, so it’s quite possible to encounter cows, sheep, goats or deer crossing the road. So please drive and ride responsibly, safely and respectfully. Remember to leave the countryside as you would wish to find it – leave no trace of your visit.

Take Your Time

There’s such a lot to take in on the North Coast 500. It’s worth doing some research before your trip and deciding what interests you and your travellers most. You can immerse yourself in the Scottish wilderness. You’ll find mountains, hidden hill lochs, Highland glens and deserted golden beaches right on your doorstep. This is a great opportunity to experience the Highland way of life and Scotland’s rich culture through amazing food, music and craftmanship. The main thing to remember is to take your time – you’re on holiday after all.

Inverness Base

Bannerman Bed and Breakfast is a perfect base to start and finish your trip around the North Coast 500. From here you can soak up the culture of the capital of the Highlands, Inverness and visit the iconic Loch Ness. Read more on why you should stay at Bannerman Bed and Breakfast and check availability for your next trip here.

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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 Inverness dog friendly 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 Inverness dog friendly accommodation. To find out our rates and availability check out website.

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

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