Seasons Greetings from Inverglen Guest House
As 2017 draws to a close we would like to wish you all the best for the festive season and hope you have a wonderful 2018. We have also taken time to reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to all that 2018 has in store.
Once again Scotland proved a popular destination and we were extremely busy from late March through to the end of October with guests from all over the world. The Highlands of Scotland has much to offer and early indications are that 2018 will be busier than ever, so we are enjoying a couple of months of relative quiet before things take off again.
The popularity of Scotland will no doubt be further enhanced by the fact that in 2017 The Rough Guide declared Scotland to be the most beautiful country in the world – https://www.roughguides.com/gallery/most-beautiful-country-in-the-world/ (scroll to the bottom of the link to see Scotland at #1)
The Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards – 2017
Inverglen is the Most Hospitable Guest House / Bed & Breakfast
In November 2017 Inverglen Guest House was announced as the winner of The Most Hospitable Guest House / Bed and Breakfast provider at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. The judges were impressed by our authentic and genuinely warm hospitality backed up with a clear ethos and proven track record of exceptional care and hospitality.
We are genuinely delighted to win this award, especially having been a previous finalist, and knowing the exceptional standard of hospitality offered by our fellow finalists. We continue to strive for even better customer experiences and look forward to demonstrating this to all our guests in 2018 and beyond.
As winners for the Highlands and Islands region, we now go forward to the National Thistle Awards to be held in Edinburgh in March.
To find out more about these awards click here.
What does 2018 have in Store
There is a great sense of anticipation that Scotland will once again be a popular destination for tourists from around the world. One of our major draws is that the Highlands is still one of the most sparsely populated areas in Western Europe, but it does mean that in the height of summer, it can be extremely difficult to find accommodation in “hot spots” like Inverness and Skye. We do urge that you book early to avoid disappointment (already we have dates where we are sold out).
For those that do come there is plenty to do so hopefully the following will whet your appetite.
The North Coast 500 (NC500) – Perhaps the best scenic drive in the world
The popularity of the Scottish Highlands has always been centred around its wonderful landscape and rich history, and these themes continue to attract the visitors. The success of the North Coast 500 has prompted many visitors to extend their explorations and this 500-mile driving route runs all around the northernmost coast of mainland Scotland with Inverness acting as the start and finish point. This is indeed a spectacular route, but it does get very busy so do book accommodation well in advance.
Inverglen Guest House has been a popular place to stay for tourists undertaking this glorious road trip, with many choosing to stay with us before they start and after they finish. We fully expect the number of guests travelling this route to increase in 2018.
You can find out more about the NC500 at – https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/tours/driving-road-trips/north-coast-500/
The Isle of Skye – Spectacular Scenery but extremely busy
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The Isle of Skye has continued to grow in popularity to the extent that finding accommodation on the Island in Summer can be almost impossible. In 2017 it even made national television news as the island was officially declared as “full” and authorities advised that people should not go unless they had accommodation already booked. One way to get around the accommodation problem on Skye is to plan day visits from further afield and there are many tour operators offering trips from Inverness. To find out about many of the tour operators in the Inverness area click here.
Despite being so busy, there is no doubting the wonderful scenery Skye has to offer.
Outlander – Where history and fiction come together
Another noticeable trend for 2017 was the increase in visitors inspired by the Outlander books and television series. The story of Claire and Jamie has caught the world’s imagination and Inverness provides the perfect base to explore where fact and fiction collide. Culloden Battlefield and the Clava Cairns (standing stones), which are both so central to the story, are just a few miles from Inverness. There are several Inverness based tour companies offering Outlander inspired days, but do book early as demand continues to outstrip supply.
For those seeking the full Outlander experience we particularly recommend Outlander: The Past Lives Experience. Available as a 1,2,4 or 6-day experience, this is one of the most comprehensive tour packages available and promises some truly unique experiences.
Photography Tours – A great way to capture lasting memories
In 2017 we also started offering photography day tours (and half days) for up to three people. These tours suit photographers of all abilities, from beginner to enthusiast, and provide a great way to see the wonderful highland landscapes and capture some great images as treasured memories. These tours have very limited availability so early booking is essential for 2018.
For more details on our photography tours – click here
For those unable to take a tour, you can still grab some great images of the Scottish Highlands so why not visit our online store. Images for Sale
Scottish Food and Drink – One of life’s great pleasures
Whilst our wonderful landscape and rich history continue to be the main reasons for visiting the highlands, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that Scotland has a growing reputation for excellent food and drink. Our climate and terrain are perfectly suited to producing great food and especially glorious seafood and quality beef, venison and lamb. Our Scottish berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries – to name but a few) are amongst the best in the world, and we have excellent restaurants producing innovative creations from these choice ingredients.
As seen in 2017, the restaurants of Inverness have been a major success, but do be aware that in summer (and at weekends throughout the year) they are extremely busy and advance reservations are definitely recommended. You can find some great suggestions for places to eat and drink in Inverness by clicking here.
When it comes to drink the Scots have long been producing great whisky, but there is a growing reputation for producing superb gin and excellent craft ales.
Whilst staying at Inverglen Guest House you can be assured of great food and we are Quality Assured under the Taste our Best scheme run by Visit Scotland.
A year of Great Events – Something for everyone
Whatever your reason for visiting you will find plenty to keep you entertained and Inverness and the surrounding area has a whole year of great events lined up for you. You can check out our events page for a fuller listing of the major events taking place, but here are just a few to whet your appetite:
- 27 & 28 January 2018 – Aviemore Sled Dog Rally – The largest Sled Dog Rally in Britain
- 10 February 2018 – The Snowman Rally – Round 1 of The Scottish Rally Championships is run around the Inverness area
- 11 March 2018 – Inverness Half Marathon – Includes 5k Fun Run
- 5-8 April 2018 – Inverness Whisky & Gin Festival – Discover the true SPIRIT of Scotland in the heart of the Highlands. A five-day celebration of Scotland’s finest malt whisky and craft gin producers mixed with liberal dashes of master classes, tastings, food, music and Highland ‘craic’
- 29 April 2018 – Etape Loch Ness – A cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness offering the chance to cycle 66 miles / 106 km around the loch on traffic free roads
- 30 June 2018 – Piping at Forres – 4,000 Pipers Drummers 150 Pipe Bands, 100 Exhibitors. Great Glen Park will be alive with pipers and drummers competing in the European Pipe Band Championship
- 21 July 2018 – Inverness Highland Games – Held in the centre of Inverness. a must see event that is hugely popular with locals and visitors. Book early if you want to see this magnificent spectacle
- 1 – 2 August 2018 – Black Isle Show – Held At Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord, Ross-Shire. The biggest agricultural show in the North of Scotland. Book early to avoid disappointment.
- 2 – 4 August 2018 – Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival – Held on the Belladrum Estate near Beauly. This is an outdoor music festival for all the family with an eclectic range of music from rock to country, and blues to world music
- 23 September 2018 – Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running – Not only a marathon but also 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs. The Marathon takes place along the shores of Loch Ness. Book accommodation early as everywhere gets booked up very quickly.
- 31 December – The Red Hot Highland Fling – We certainly know how to throw a New Years Party.