Inverness winter scene – the River Ness

River Ness

River Ness


Inverness is still experiencing cold and sunny weather, and is looking very beautiful draped in snow. The continuing poor weather in the south of the UK is disrupting visitors’ plans, but for those lucky enough to be here at the moment they are seeing the city centre and the surrounding landscape are a real winter wonderland.

Inverness Guest House Association members are reporting a quiet time just now, following the very busy period between Christmas and the New Year. If you’re considering a visit to Inverness to enjoy the wintry beauty, check out our Inverness bed and breakfast association website to see a selection of the best places to stay in Inverness. IGHA is the leading organisation for quality accommodation in Inverness, and all members are located within the city and all have been quality assessed by the AA or VisitScotland.

Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle


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Things to do around Inverness – the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd

As we approach Christmas in Inverness, a visit to the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is a fun day out for all the family.

Reindeer were re-established in Scotland in 1952, after a long absence. The Cairngorm Mountains provide an ideal habitat, and the reintroduced reindeer have flourished there.

In Glenmore, at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, is the Reindeer House – stocked with everything to do with reindeer, as well as tradiitonal Sami crafts from Sweden. The paddocks are wheelchair accessible, enabling everyone to see the reindeer, even without going on the hill trip.

If you do the hill trip you will be led by an experienced herder, and you will be able to hand feed the reindeer and walk freely amongst them.

Only an hour from Inverness, a visit to the reindeer herd in the Cairngorm National Park is a special day out.

Your Inverness bed & breakfast provider will be able to advise you on the times for hill visits to the herd. If you haven’t yet booked your Inverness accommodation, you will find a selection of the best B&Bs in Inverness by clicking here. For other ideas for fun days out in Inverness see our Attractions page, and the ICA page. If you’re looking for Christmas fun in Inverness see the Winter Festival calendar.


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Strathspey Railway – steam train journeys near Inverness

The Strathspey Railway near Inverness offers a wonderful opportunity to take a steam train journey through spectacular Strathspey.

The train sets off from its base at Aviemore, then continues through Boat of Garten and on to Broomhill, on a nostalgic 20 mile journey along part of the original Highland Railway. The beautiful landscape varies from moorland, through woods, and along the sweeping River Spey, with the Cairngorm Mountains providing a majestic backdrop. There is a tea and coffee service and full bar service on the train.

There are special events on the Strathspey Steam Railwaythroughout the year, with the pinnacle for many children being the Santa train, which runs on several dates from mid December. The Santa train is tremendously popular and advance booking is essential. The Mince Pie Specials, running just prior to and just after New Year, are a great way to enjoy a mince pie and festive drink while the train steams through the winter landscape.

There are also regular opportunities to dine in style on board the Strathspey Clansman or the Strathspey Highlander.

Aviemore is an easy 40 minute drive down the A9 from Inverness. Check the Inverness Guest House Association website for a selection of the best accommodation in Inverness, and for more ideas for great things to do in Inverness.


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Walking in the Highlands – autumn in Glen Affric, near Inverness

Loch Affric in autumn

Loch Affric in autumn

Yesterday we spent a beautiful autumn afternoon walking in Glen Affric, one of the most beautiful places in the Highlands. It’s only about a 40 minute drive from Inverness to Glen Affric, but it’s as if one has been transported to another world – a magical world of lochs, waterfalls, mountains, and ancient woodland.

Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Glen Affric

Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Glen Affric

Without the slightest of breezes to ruffle the water, the lochs were like glass. The trees were ablaze in their autumn glory, and the scarlet berries of the rowan trees were brilliant in the sunshine.

There are lots of different walks to do in Glen Affric – ranging from short trails along rocks and through woodland, or along forestry commission lanes, to longer hill walking treks. There are waterfalls at both Dog Falls and Plodda Falls.

Mountain views from Glen Affric

Mountain views from Glen Affric

If you are planning a visit to Inverness and enjoy walking, try not to miss the enchantment of Glen Affric. Your Inverness B&B accommodation provider will be happy to give your directions on how to reach Glen Affric. In summer there is a bus service available, running right into the Glen. In winter the bus service goes as far as Cannich.

For anyone walking the glens around Inverness, check out our Inverness bed and breakfast association website for the best places to stay in Inverness.


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Cromarty 2009 Film Festival – coming soon!

The 2009 Cromarty Film Festival takes pace from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 December.

Following the very successful 2008 Festival (featuring the world’s smallest drive through, on the Cromarty Rose!), organisers hope that the 2009 festival will be equally well received.

The historic and charming village of Cromarty on the Black Isle attracts many Inverness visitors, and the 2009 Film Festival will be an added draw.

Your Inverness B&B or guest house host can provide more information. You can find the best places to stay in Inverness here.


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