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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!

One Destination Inverness Loch Ness

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

It’s not like other cities! It’s not big, it’s not congested, it’s not dirty, crime rate is very low and the quality of life is high.

It is an oasis in the Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by hills and heather moors, it is clean, it is friendly, it’s easy to get to by rail, road and air, it has history and it has culture. If you haven’t already guessed which city I am referring to, of course it has to be the city of Inverness, jewel of the Highlands.

Inverness is a lovely place to visit, it has some unique features and a fascinating history and of course, you have heard about Loch Ness, well yes, it is only eight miles or so from the city centre. Amazing to think such an iconic loch being so close!  And virtually everyone who visits Inverness will, at some point, take a trip to Loch Ness and vice versa. It is easy, if you are fit enough, to just hire a bike and cycle out to Dores at the northern end of the Loch, or hire a car and do a circuit, it’s an easy day out. If you want to avoid driving on the single track roads and be taken, there are plenty of tours from Inverness. Hikers can now walk the entire length of the loch on either side as there are now official trails down both the north and south side, with campsites as well, for overnighting.

Night life and shopping is good in Inverness, so whatever your preference, town or country, you will find it here, and the best place to see all about it, is on the website – visitlochness.com.

Be seeing you !

Visitors at the popular  Clansman Centre