Archive for the ‘News from Loch Ness’ Category

New Year – new Website!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

New Year is always a time of change – some of us may join the gym and hope to change our shape or maybe you’re planning a change of career or a move to the country next year… Well, change is in the air around Inverness and Loch Ness, too! And unlike the healthy eating/fitness/no-smoking regime this is actually going to happen and you don’t even have that long to wait!

For many years visitors and anyone who loves Loch Ness have been using our familiar wee website visitlochness.com to get all the information they need on the area – and there is lots to discover as you know! But it has been a wee while since our website was established and things are changing all the time – when visitlochness.com first went online to spread the word about Loch Ness and Inverness no-one had even heard of Facebook or Twitter, the only thing you could book online was maybe a flight (if you were lucky!), modems were dial-up and phones were not smart…

So in the New Year our website will become a sparkling new portal website and will be right up to date with everything you expect from a site promoting such a fabulous place as Inverness and Loch Ness. You will be able to book your accommodation and activities direct through our site, connect with us through Facebook and Twitter and much more. Don’t worry, all the bits you love about us will still be there, but it will be easier to use and even more chock-full of amazing scenery and information! It will still be the same friendly team looking after the site and answering all your questions – and this little Blog will still be there, too!

So in a way it will just be a bit like upgrading your mobile phone or laptop…as much as you might love the old one and like the way you know what all the buttons do, there comes a time when it’s not quite up to the job anymore and after a fond farewell you will soon love your shiny new one and be amazed at all the things it can do!

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!

Run, Nessie, Run! Loch Ness Marathon

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

It’s this time of year again – runners of all shapes, sizes and ages are spotted training all over Inverness and around Loch Ness and this can only mean one thing…the Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running is getting close! The big event will be taking place on 28th September and there is something on offer for everyone, from the “Wee Nessie” for the wee ones to the 5K Fun Run and of course the full 26.2 miles of the Marathon.
Even this office is not immune with two of the team signed up for the River Ness 10k – one of us is hoping for a PB (that’s “Personal Best” for all non-runners)…the other just wants to get round the course alive!
But it’s not just the locals that are getting their trainers on, the event attracts runners from all over the world and runners of 33 different nationalities are signed up for this year.
In 2014 the organisers have added an extra bit of competition to the races – the “Clan Challenge”! Runners are asked which Clan they belong to when registering, so by the end of the events we should know which one is Scotland’s fastest Clan (not that I am biased, but “Go, Clan MacDonald!”).
Find out more about all events here http://www.lochnessmarathon.com/ – and if you are a runner still looking for accommodation in the area, check out http://www.visitlochness.com/accommodation/ !

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A typical Highland Summer ?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

You’ve probably all seen the postcards – a little cartoon sheep in a field with horizontal rain from the right and the caption “Summer in the Highlands”… and then the same sheep with rain coming from the left for “Winter in the Highlands”! Well, anyone visiting Inverness and Loch Ness this summer will disagree – we have probably had more exciting weather than most places over the past couple of months!
July saw the Highlands basking in a heatwave with temperatures as high as the Mediterranean – the wee village of Carrbridge boasted the highest temperatures with 28 degrees and locals and visitors alike were enjoying activities not usually associated with the north of Scotland, such as barbecues, swimming in the sea, beach parties and sunbathing on the banks of the River Ness.
Just a couple of weeks later and we got another unexpected weather phenomenon, not so welcome this time… The tail end of “Ex-Hurricane” Bertha caused havoc with high winds and flooding not normally seen at this time of year. Carrbridge made the news again, this time with this amazing photo of the river Dulnain.

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Just as well then that Inverness and Loch Ness offer activities for all kinds of weather. What could be better than sailing the calm waters of Loch Ness in the sunshine or enjoying the amazing views on the many trails and walks? Or just in case another ex-hurricane is on the way you can always explore the local museums and visitor centres and warm up with a hot chocolate in the friendly, welcoming cafes – have a look at the “Things to Do” section to find your perfect day out whatever the weather!
Well, the sun seems to be coming out again, so time to head outdoors and make the most of the rest of the summer!