Santa’s Grottos – Inverness

Santa is going to be very busy in Inverness for the next few weeks as he has set up a few grottos where he can meet with the children. Here are a couple of his venues:

Simpson’s Garden Centre – Wednesday 7th to Saturday 24th December 2016

Enjoy a magical visit to see Santa in his fabulous grotto at Simpsons, where you can have fun with his elf, colour in, then visit Santa for a good old festive blather.

4.30pm -6pm: Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th, Friday 9th
11am-4.30pm: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th
4.30pm-6pm: Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th, Friday 16th
11am-4.30pm: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th
11am-4.30pm Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd
11am-2pm Saturday 24th


Eastgate Shopping Centre – Sunday 20th November – Friday 23rd December 2016

Visit Santa in his Magical Dick Whittington Grotto in Eastgate located by Next

Grotto will be open every Friday to Sunday, 11am-5pm, from 20th November * – 23rd December. (Grotto opens at 1pm on the 20th November)

All proceeds will go towards our chosen charity, The Archie Foundation Highlands which supports sick children and their families across the whole of the North of Scotland.

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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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Top Ten Towns To Visit During A Tour Of Scotland

Scotland, the northern-most country in the British Isles, has a plethora of metropolitan attractions and scenic landscapes. The castles, tartans, the timeless museums, the pretty lochs, the beautiful seaside and the rugged mountains make Scotland a travellers’ paradise!

So, which are the prettiest cities and towns in Scotland? Read on and find out:

1. Edinburgh

A wonderful city with a dramatic setting: Edinburgh is the perfect starting point to your Scottish exploration. The skyline, when seen from Princes Street, offers you a panoramic view of the Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat and the Edinburgh Castle. Besides, would you really want to miss the art festival in August?

2. Glasgow

Although not heavily touristy like Inverness and Edinburgh, Glasgow, the “Workplace of the West” is known for its abundance of shopping, pubs and restaurants. Glasgow also prides itself on having the friendliest residents ever, what with the legendary “Glasgow friendliness” and all! A few must-visit sights are the Glasgow School of Art, the Ubiquitous Chip and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

3. Inverness

Second only to Edinburgh in the popularity department, Inverness, called “the Highland Capital” offers you a bunch of unique entertainment options: the Inverness Botanical Gardens, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness Castle, and St. Andrews Cathedral. Plus, Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Fort George and the Caledonian Canal are good places to visit outside the city limits.

4. Dundee

A pretty little town on the banks of the River Kay, Dundee is scenic and has a warm friendly vibe, much like Glasgow. Called the “Discovery City” by virtue of the RRS Discovery ship on display in its harbour, Dundee is artsy (Dundee Contemporary Arts) and boasts a number of retail shopping plazas. It could be your basic gateway to visiting places like the Fife and the Angus Glens.

5. Perth

Perth is Scotland’s newest city! Its Georgian houses, cobbled pavements, and elegant manors speak volumes about its rich history, but the dazzling pubs, nightlife options, shopping malls and Perth Concert Hall are testimony to its cosmopolitan culture. Stroll about in the North and South Inch public gardens and visit the Scone Palace, very close to downtown Perth.

6. Aberdeen

Europe’s primetime moneymaking city, Aberdeen is known for its oil industry and granite. Located on the east coast, its scenic seaside, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Art Galleries and the pretty floral walks all around town (“Britain in Bloom” award-winning city) make it a city worth visiting. Enjoy the spectacular sunset at the Aberdeen Golden Beach.

7. Stirling

Its feet planted firmly in the past, Stirling is a historian’s delight. Explore the Stirling Ghost Walk, Stirling Castle, the Battle of Bannockburn site and the National Wallace Monument. The Old Town of Stirling, although much quieter compared to Edinburgh, is lovely and so is Loch Lomond, just thirty minutes away from the city centre.

8. Linlithgow

More history folks! Linlithgow is the birthplace of the famous Mary, Queen of Scotts. Visit the Linlithgow Palace, a 15th century ruin to hear her story. Located between Edinburgh and Glasgow, this charming old-style city is popular for its quaint cafes, taverns and souvenir stores on High Street.

9. St. Andrews

A bustling university town with some of the best beaches in Scotland and an aquarium, St. Andrews is famous for its golf courses. Called the “home of golf”, it boasts the St. Andrews Royal Ancient Golf Club, which was founded in the late 17th century. St. Andrews University is also a famous tourist spot.

10. Melrose

Melrose is a market city, with vibrant shopping plazas and trinket stores. Outside the city limits, the rolling hills offer a picturesque milieu. Nothing much to do here, but nevertheless, Melrose is a laid back city with perhaps, the best salmon from the nearby River Tweed.

Happy travelling!

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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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Hidden Gems: Two Waterfalls Tucked Away Near Inverness

Scotland is a major tourist destination in the world, with CNN naming the country the number one destination for tourists to visit in 2013. Scotland is more than just the world famous Loch Ness – the supposed home of the mystical Loch Ness Monster – known for its beautiful scenery, unspoiled natural wonders and a rich and long history. Scotland is a travel destination that has a charm and serenity of its own.

Tucked away between the villages surrounding Loch Ness are two spectacular waterfalls that are hidden away from civilization. These bodies of water that can be found near the city of Inverness, give their visitors a unique and intimate surrounding that can melt any person’s worries and stresses away. For those who want to marvel in the outdoors and surround themselves with what nature has to offer, hiking to these waterfalls are a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of the city and the crowded major tourist attractions.

Situated near the village of Tomich is Plodda Falls. Considered by many as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the whole of Scotland, it is relatively unknown. In Tomich, you can stay in one of the several guest houses and bed and breakfasts in the village, take a bus or rent a car to the site, settle in the car park and walk your way to the falls. The path is well signposted so you don’t have to hire a guide or ask for directions.

There are two woodland trails that direct you to the location. The longer one, Tweedmouth Walk, named after the area’s late 19th century owner, Lord Tweedmouth, is highly recommended. Taking this route will allow you to enjoy the hundreds of old Douglas fir trees that fill the path. The shorter trail, Falls Walk, leads you straight to Plodda Falls. Located in the middle of nowhere, with stunning views and a quiet surrounding, Plodda Falls is a definite must visit for those who want to try a trek off the beaten paths of Scotland.There’s nothing more fulfilling than ending a long hike by finally arriving to your destination and being filled with awe and wonder. 

Foyers Falls

The second waterfalls are the Falls of Foyers Located near Foyers, a village that lies on the East shore of Loch Ness. This body of water comes from the River Ness, and feeds the Loch Ness. At the start of the trail leading to the falls, a shop, cafe and parking lot are available to serve your needs so you don’t have to pack so much when you take your hike to the area. The walking distance from the shop is about 2.7 miles, taking you around one to two hours of walking, so you have to be physically fit to withstand the walk.

The waterfall has a height of 165 feet, with picnic tables, safety railings and wooden steps around the area. A very popular tourist destination in the Victorian era, it has lost some of its dramatic wonder due to the hydroelectricity system that it is used for. However, when heavy rainfall occurs, it returns to its former glory and gives you a spectacular waterfall experience.

These hidden gems are among Scotland’s preserved natural wonders.

Have an intimate and fulfilling experience by visiting one or both of these beautiful natural wonders.

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