Barclays Scottish Open 2011 – Castle Stuart

Barclays Scottish Open 2011 will be hosted by Castle Stuart located between Inverness and Nairn from 7 – 10 July 2011. The Scottish Open is part of the European Golf Tour and is the warm up event for the British Open.

This is an incredible coup for Castle Stuart and is good news from Inverness and the Scottish Highlands as the event will bring 1000’s of additional visitors to the area.

The Scottish Open has been held at Loch Lomond for the past 15 years but Castle Stuart will now join the list of other hosts since 1972 – Downfield, St Andrews, Haggs Castle, Gleneagles and Carnoustie.

Inverness and the Highlands in general are always very poplar in the summer months so accommodation will need to be booked straight away as demand will be far higher than can be supplied locally. Please visit our website for more Barclays Scottish Open 2011 information.

Barclays Scottish Open 2011

Barclays Scottish Open – Castle Stuart, Inverness


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Valentine’s Day in Inverness

Valentine’s Day in Inverness would be a great surprise for that special person in your life. Saint Valentine’s Day is the 14th February so there is still enough time to get things organised.

Inverness and the Highlands of Scotland is such a romantic place to be with its stunning scenery, historic castles and friendly people.

Many of the restaurants in Inverness will be offering Valentine’s Day specials and we can recommend Mustard Seed and The Riverhouse for a romantic meal for two.

The Inverness Guest House Association have a selection of guest houses and bed and breakfasts with star ratings from 3 to 5. Why not treat you loved one to a special break and book a stay over the weekend of Friday11th to Monday 14th February. Details are available on our Inverness Accommodation page.

Don’t forget the Valentine’s Card. Lemon And Lime Porcupine have a great choice of Handmade Cards and can even send the card directly to the recipient. Let your loved know how special they are with a one-off handmade card!


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SEO For Guest Houses

SEO for your Guest House or bed and breakfast? What is it you might be thinking and if you know what it is do you need it? SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is the process of making your website friendly to the search engines most importantly Google. If you own a business and your website isn’t appearing on the first few pages of Google you are missing out on business that your competitors are enjoying. To get your fair share you need SEO.

In any popular tourist city or town there could be in excess 100 guest houses and bed and breakfasts so competition is high. Compare this to let’s say dentists in a particular area there is a notable difference. It is clear that lots of guest houses have embraced SEO companies and their services and are reaping the benefits.

Some guest house and B&B owners are put off by the cold calling SEO companies and it’s obvious why – most of them start the conversation by inferring they are from Google and then they ramble on probably at a totally inappropriate time of day like the end of breakfast using jargon that flies way above most people’s heads.

We have over 200 guest houses and B&Bs in Inverness so when we started the Inverness Guest House Association we knew that if we wanted our website to rank quickly and well we would need an SEO specialist. There are different aspects to search engine optimisation and it is crucial you choose an SEO company that you are happy dealing with and that will get you results.

We chose NessSEO Scotland because of the results they have achieved with other websites in Inverness – currently 5 of the 10 websites on page one of Google for “Bed And Breakfast Inverness” have been optimised by NessSEO. Our website is currently No.1 on Page 1 of Google for “Bed And Breakfast Inverness”, “Guest House Inverness” and “B&B Inverness” plus other top 10 positions for other major search terms.

If you own a guest house, B&B or hotel we can happily recommend NessSEO for search engine optimisation in Scotland and the UK. The additional business you will pick up from listing high on Google will more than cover the cost.


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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2011

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2011 takes place at Cheltenham Race Course from Tuesday 15 March to Friday 18 March 2011 and is expected to attract in excess of 200,000 visitors to the Gloucestershire spa town. Its a history dates back nearly two centuries and Cheltenham has become synonymous with world class National Hunt horse racing.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2011 will provide more than 25 races over the course of the four day event  and in excess of £500 million will be bet on some of the world’s finest horses which will be racing on Cheltenham Race Course’s Old Course, New Course and Cross Country Steeplechase Course.

There is an assortment of accommodation available near Cheltenham Race Course from B&Bs to Hotels but located in the popular Montpellier area is the 5-star metro Wyastone Hotel which offers the perfect Cheltenham Racing Accommodation and is walking distance from the race course.

Tickets for the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2011 can be purchased online or by calling 08445-793003


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Landscape Photography Workshops

Landscape Photography Workshops in the Highlands of Scotland are the perfect way to experience some of the most stunning scenery whilst improving your photography skills at the same time. Mastering some new techniques will allow you to capture the awesome beauty just how you picture it with your eyes.

Lightstalkers Scotland provide landscape photography workshops, tours and tuition throughout the Scottish Highlands taking in location such as Loch Ness, Glen Affric, Torridon, Cairngorm National Park, Isle of Skye and Glencoe. Lightstalkers is owned and run by multi-award winning Master Photographer Glen C Campbell and whether you are a beginner or an advanced enthusiast you’ll be learning in a fun and relaxed environment with guaranteed results.

Glen is passionate about both landscape photography and the beauty of the Highlands and he can plan day trips on demand as well as private tuition. If you would like to master your camera and improve your skills while enjoying some of Scotland’s most iconic locations and magnificent scenery give Glen a call on 07826-370271, email or visit his website for Landscape Photography Workshops.


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