Scottish Open Golf Accommodation

Open Golf Accommodation

Due to a cancellation the Bannerman B&B now has 3 rooms available from 4 – 10 July 2011 perfect for anyone attending, playing or working at the Barclays Scottish Open Golf Championship at Castle Stuart near Inverness.

For more information or to book please visit the Bannerman B&B or telephone Alison on 01463 -259199. Please note that bookings must be for a minimum of 3 nights.

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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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Inverness Tourist Information – controversy over seasonal closures

The Inverness Courier has recently published an article reflecting widespread local concern on VisitScotland’s decision to close the Inverness Tourist Office over both Christmas and New Year. With both these holiday periods being popular times for people to visit Inverness, there was general surprise that VisitScotland made the decision to make tourist information services unavailable to visitors over both Christmas and New Year.

The Inverness Guest House Association is the leading organisation for Inverness accommodation providers, and is the only group whose members have all been quality assessed by the 2 grading organisations (VisitScotland and the Automobile Association).

IGHA spokesman, Brad Norris, articulated the disappointment of the IGHA bed and breakfast association members when he stated: “Everyone is entitled to enjoy the festivities but they do not need to be closed for that length of time. For New Year we have a lot of people coming and not just from the UK. It seems ridiculous for VisitScotland to spend so much on advertising and promoting Inverness in Europe and around the world and then, when they have hooked the tourists, they close all the services.”

The centre closed early on Christmas Eve for the festive celebrations and remained closed yesterday. It will reopen today but will close early again on New Year’s Eve for a further four days.

Mr Norris said the Christmas closures were reasonable but added: “It is the New Year ones that are an issue. That covers all the days we have guests staying and then they will re-open when all the tourists have gone.”

City councillors shared the dismay of Inverness accommodation providers, and there was scepticism at VisitScotland’s claim that the Christmas-New Year period is a quiet time in Inverness. VisitScotland claimed to be unaware of the widely publicised Inverness Hogmanay Party, for which 10,000 visitors were expected.

Since publication of the Inverness Courier article, anecdotal evidence has demonstrated that the New Year period was extremely busy, with many Inverness B&Bs and guest houses, restaurants and pubs all reporting doing excellent business over Hogmanay and the surrounding days.

Following the Courier article, VisitScotland underwent a change of heart and made a last minute decision to open the Tourist Office between 10 and 3 on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 January. In spite of the end of the Hogmanay Festivities and the severe weather, the office still received around 130 visitors, most of whom were concerned about travel arrangements and weather conditions.

It is hoped that VisitScotland makes the decision to keep the Inverness Tourist Office open for the next winter holiday season, at least for the busy build up to Hogmanay, New Year’s Day and the days immediately following.

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Inverness half marathon – 14 March 2010

The annual Inverness Half Marathon (and Fun Run) takes place on 14 March, taking in one of the most scenic routes of any half marathon, along the banks of the River Ness and along Loch Ness itself.

Entries can be submitted until 28 February, or until the 1750 competitor limit is reached (whichever is first); entry forms can be completed online.

For competitors coming to Inverness for the weekend, the Inverness Guest House Association offers an excellent selection of high quality Inverness B & Bs. Click on our Inverness bed and breakfast association website to find a choice of Inverness city centre guest houses. IGHA members have all been quality assessed by the AA or by VisitScotland and all offer a high standard of Inverness accommodation.

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Valentine’s Day – Inverness

Don’t forget it’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday 14th February 2010. Why not treat your loved one to a short break in Inverness and take in the stunning scenery and excellent restaurants.

If you book your accommodation with one of our quality Guest Houses or B&Bs your hosts will happily assist you in making the day extra special whether it be arranging flowers, buying chocolates or perhaps you have something out of the ordinary in mind. Maybe you’re thinking of proposing – we can point you in the direction of some incredible locations that will make your proposal unforgettable!!

Visit our Inverness Accommodation page where you will find details and photos of our members’ properties and choose your perfect B&B.

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