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.

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.

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

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