British Airways Starts Direct Route To The Scottish Highlands

British Airpways Flights From Heathrow To InvernessBritish Airways is to boost services to Scotland with the start of new daily flights from Heathrow to Inverness, gateway to the Highlands and Islands.

The new year-round service will start on May 3 2016, connecting Inverness directly with Heathrow’s T5 and British Airways’ global network, serving more than 125 destinations around the world.

Denize Mcgregor, British Airways’ head of UK customer service and operations, said: “We are very pleased to be starting our new service to Inverness. As the capital of the Highlands, Inverness has a strong and diverse economy and has developed into a major centre for life sciences, commercialisation and research.”

Inglis Lyon, managing director of Inverness Airport operator, HIAL, said: “This is a significant achievement for the airport as British Airways is a world class airline, serving more than 125 international destinations from Heathrow, giving passengers from Inverness access to a truly global network.

“Through our efforts, and with the support of our partners, Inverness Airport has done what few other regional airports have achieved in recent years, attracting one of the world’s leading airlines and securing access to the UK’s hub airport at the same time.

“No other UK airport offers more worldwide connections than Heathrow, and no other UK airline offers more international destinations than British Airways. The potential benefits for business and inbound tourism are enormous..”
Tickets are now on sale, with prices starting from £89 including taxes and charges. Book your flights at or visit for more information about the airport.

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The 2014 Festival Highlights Concert Inverness

The 2014 Festival Highlights Concert is taking place on Saturday 7th June 2014 at 7:30pm in the OneTouch Theatre at Eden Court.

The Inverness Festival Association will present another outstanding concert of highlights from this year’s Inverness Music Festival as a tribute to the breadth of talent we have on display in the Highlands.  Here is a chance to experience some of those memorable moments that caught the attention of judges and audience alike during the festival itself.

The concert will not only display that impressive talent, but also reveal the wide variety of artistic ends to which it is applied. From nursery rhyme through folk song, piano sonata, music theatre, string ensemble to ceilidh band, there is much here to appreciate both as sound and spectacle.

This year’s line up will include, the amazing Clarsach duet Imogen Hay and Lucy Faulkner, Milton of Leys Rockin Recorders plus much, much more.

The Highlights concert represents the culmination of the festivals efforts to provide performance opportunities for talent of all ages and is set to be a night not to miss.

Tickets £10 from Eden Court Box Office. Discount Available for IMF Members. Call: 01463 234 234

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Inverness Whisky Festival 2014

Inverness Whisky Festival is back at Bogbain Farm for its fourth year this April and is delighted to be part of the Scotland Homecoming 2014 celebrations.

The festival takes place on the 4th and 5th of April and kicks off the festival season perfectly with a tour, tasting, music, food, and dancing!

Friday 4th April

The festival commences with a tour around some of Inverness’ best-known and oldest pubs. The tour will encourage guests to submerse themselves in the history of our nations drink, the music and the local craic! Bruce MacGregor, founder of Blazin Fiddles (Folk Band of the Year, 2013), will lead the troops as they enjoy a selection of fine drams and some impassioned story telling. The evening culminates in the award-winning Hootanannys where guests will enjoy a traditional Scottish knee’s up courtesy of Bruce and friends.

Tickets cost £30 and include your tasting glass and a dram at each stop.

Saturday 5th April

Inverness Whisky Festival exhibition at Bogbain begins at noon on Saturday 5th April. It’s a chance to sample an abundance of malt whiskies, and to learn from the masters how to drink, savour, and most importantly, enjoy your whisky. With live music, talks, master classes, and good Scottish food, it’s a feast for all the senses.

The Whisky Exhibition runs from noon until 5pm (last pour 1645 hours) and tickets cost £25 (master class tickets sold separately), which includes complimentary drams and your tasting glass.

To finish off the festival we invite you to join us for some Scottish music, courtesy of the Bruce MacGregor Ceilidh Band. After a few drams and a bit of dutch courage we expect to see everyone on the dance floor!

A combination ticket can be purchased for £50, which allows access to all three events.

Minimum Age: 18

Date: 4th/5th April 2014

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Classical Concert by Martin Aelred at St Mary’s Inverness

Classical Concert by International Solo Tenor and Classical Guitarist, Martin Aelred.

Classical Concert by Martin Aelred at St Marys InvernessThis man’s recent discovery in Scotland, has been likened to the discovery of opera singer, Susan Boyle.

Martin Aelred hails from Govan near Glasgow and has only recently been discovered as a top star. He only emerged onto the world stage, following the death of his father. His late father’s dying wish, was that Martin would now persue a career to express his undoubted talents and perform on the world stage. He can make your hair stand on end with his nerve tingling performance of the famous Luciano Pavarotti song, ‘Nessun Dorma’.

He has performed live at The United Nations in New York, for Prime Ministers and Presidents. He has done performances for HRH Prince Charles and His Holiness, The Dalia Lama and UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. He has taken his solo tour to include appearances in Las Vegas, New York, Switzerland and London.

His most recent special performances have included charity fundraisers for York Minster Cathedral and for the Scottish Charity, Mary’s Meals. Martin Aelred loves the special acoustics of performing live in churches and cathedrals. See also and his Facebook Page and view  his ‘Martin Aelred You Tube channel’.

It was at his Mary’s Meals Event, that he was spotted and recommended to Parish Priest, Fr. James Bell, Dean of the Highland Deanery, based at St. Mary’s, Huntly Street, Inverness IV3 5PR. Tel: 01463 233519. And subsequently invited to appear at St. Mary’s Church, Huntly Street, on the riverside in Inverness.

On Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Church Office on Tel: 01463 233519 or purchased at the door on the evening of the event. Prices are subsidised to only £8 Adult Entry and £6 for OAP & Concessions.

Donations are invited towards the Church Fabric Restoration and Windows Appeal.

St. Mary’s is part of the R.C.Diocese of Aberdeen Charitable Trust.

Scottish Charity Reg. No. SCO 05122.

Further Details from Christopher Doig at Parish Office, Inverness, Tel: 01463 233519

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Traditional Continental Market In Inverness

Traditional Market In Inverness

Taste Of Italy At The Traditional Continental Market In InvernessCome and sample the delights of the Continent !

Inverness City Centre will be transformed into a bustling market place. Professional continental market traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland wearing traditional costumes will be selling high quality products including Brittany biscuits, olives, Italian nougat, pungent cheeses, saucissons, tartiflette from the Alps, charcuterie, fresh breads, croissants and much, much more! Or, for those of you with a sweet tooth, there will also be freshly cooked crepes.A Great Selection Of Bread At The Traditional Continental Market In Inverness

As well as the fine edible goods, you will also be able to choose from a wide range of products including hand bags & leather items, Marseille soaps, lavender, children toys and pachmina! There really will be something for everyone!

Most of the products on sale will come from “the terroir”, the land, of the stall holder, where they are produced by small organisations such as family businesses, farms or small factories using traditional methods, maintaining a high standard of quality!
All of the traders will also wear their traditional local costumes from 100 years ago, as well as decorating their stall to represent the area of the country they come from. The market really will therefore provide you with a true flavour of the continent…

For more information contact Olivier Simonin, Traditional Market Ltd Mobile: 07833937251 or visit the Traditional Market website.

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