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White Christmas in Inverness?

Snow at Creevale B&B Inverness

The snow has now disappeared in Inverness but we enjoyed a long spell of the white stuff over the past two weeks. The weather forecast is mild for this week but it might look like we can enjoy another white Christmas in Inverness, Scotland. See above the photo of our back garden in the snow. (I should have taken the garden furniture in….)

Monopoly Inverness game, Highlands and Islands edition

Last week saw the launch of the new Monopoly Highlands and Islands edition that features famous Highlands and Inverness locations like on the famous and popular board game. Loch Ness grabbed the property hot spot replacing Mayfield.

The first time we went to buy it it was already sold out and I guess it’s because people see it as an excellent Christmas gift. Will be going out to the shops tomorrow and hope I can get my hands on one, will post pictures of it later.

Pam and Rene you were the BESTS hosts we had on all our travels. Pam your eyes shine with welcome. Rene you are a real professional at your job – we found no-one as interested in the well-being of their guests.

A true warm welcome from hosts who care about their guests.

Superb hosts, great bed, large bathroom, garden view,lovely breakfasts.

Aloma and Bill from N.Z.

Delighted with this latest review left by Aloma and Bill who stayed with us in August. Aloma and Bill travelled for 5 weeks and visited us at the end of August. They travelled by train from London to Edinburgh, to spend a few days in Scotland’s Capital city. Visiting Edinburgh in August is a great idea as the world famous Edinburgh Tattoo is on which they enjoyed very much.

Pam prepared Bill’s his first ever porridge which went down well! The next day the drove to Dingwall for some family research and hope they found some family connections.

Aloma and Bill, if you read this, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this great review of your stay with us in Inverness and glad you enjoyed our hospitality. Hope to see you back when you visit Scotland again, you’re always welcome!

Pam and Rene

Tomatin distillery

Tomatin whisky distillery Scotland

Pam and myself visited the excellent Maltstock whisky gathering in the Netherlands. It was a great festival where whisky lovers from all over the world attended.

On the way back from the Maltstock festival we travelled back by train and we sat next to Douglas Campbell Distillery manager of the nearby Tomatin distillery, near Inverness.

Tomatin distillery is only a 15 minute drive away from our little B&B in Inverness and is very worthwhile to visit even if you don’t drink whisky! 😉

Tomatin distillery
Tomatin
Invernesshire
Scotland
IV13 7YT

Distillery opening times from Easter to end of October:

Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm to 4.30pm
Tours: Monday to Friday price £3.00 per person.

Deer in the garden!

Just after our lovely guests, Bill and Lorraine left we spotted a deer in our back garden! As we had a LOT of rain the last couple of months I didn’t get the change to cut the grass (at least that’s my excuse….) and it must be a paradise for wildlife at the moment. food in abundance!

That must have attracted our surprise visitor and I managed to film it on my iPhone. Hope you can see it too!

Trip to John O’Groats

John O'Groats sign post
Today our guests are leaving Inverness to take a day trip to John O’Groats where they will see the world famous sign post. John O’ Groats is famed for being the most northerly place on mainland Britain.

What we didn’t realise is that John O’ Groats actually takes its name from a Dutchman called Jan de Groot, who set up the ferry service to Orkney back in 1496!

Today you can take boat trips from John O’ Groats, such as around the wild cliffs of Duncansby Head that are up to 200 feet high and are home to many nesting seabirds. For more info on John O’Groats and links to accommodation and places to eat see the excellent web site VisitJohnOGroats.com

See below a map and driving directions from our B&B to John O’Groats. According to Google it’s 120 miles and will take about 3 hours. We look forward to hear all about their trip when they come back later today.

Today I’m with Andrew and Jenny Cox of the Loch Kinord Hotel, near Ballater, Deeside

Thanks to our first guests this year, Bob and Nancy from the US, we got our first review on our new online booking page. And it’s 5 star! Delighted with it, thanks Bob and Nancy!

We enjoy it getting feedback ( good or bad) as it is a valuable measurement of how we are doing with the B&B and this latest review is we think spot on. We don’t pretend to be a 5 star B&B, our room might not be the biggest and our car park is certainly one of the smallest, but we like to give our guests a warm welcome and wow experience whilst staying with us.

Our B&B, probably Inverness smallest B&B, offers comfortable accommodation with warm and excellent service. We hope to get many more “Bob and Nancy’s” this year and look forward to a busy and sunny Inverness summer!

To see the review click here.

New!

A visit to Inverness and the Highlands wouldn’t be complete without a trip on the world famous Loch Ness. Tickets for the Jacobite Cruises, the 5 star cruises and tours on Loch Ness can now be booked via Creevale B&B.

Guests can book tickets direct with Jacobite or we can book them for you whilst staying at our B&B.

Highly recommended!

Jacobite Cruises Loch Ness

This year the Medieval Fair is on 19th June 2010 at the Northern Meeting Park from 11am to 5pm.

The crowning at the Town House will take place at 11.30am and then return to the park for 12pm.

We’ve never been here but we try to make it this year. Photo’s to follow!

More info on the Medieval Fair web site

Medieval Fair Inverness