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.

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

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