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Come and Visit Inverness this Autumn

Autumn is one of the prettiest times of the year to take a visit to Inverness and the surrounding highlands. Inverness is one of the most beautiful cities in the Scotland, whilst we might be a bit biased at Kingsmills Hotel – it’s with good reason. Have you visited Inverness? Have you seen the natural beauty that surrounds us, the quiet rolling hillsides, the russet tinged glens, historic red brick distilleries, the Clava Cairns, the Castles in abundance, Loch Ness, Culloden Moor and so much more?

Autumn at Kingsmils Hotel

Beauty in Abundance

Looking at places around the world, and in Scotland, it is plain to see what a wondrous planet we live on. We should take the time to see as much of it as we can. Scotland has a rich and deep history and is abundant with castles and homes that tell its story over millennia. Coming to Inverness is like a cultural lesson. You can visit the town house—built between 1878 and 1882—the town hall, a most stunningly beautiful Victorian building and St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

You are at one with nature when you visit Inverness and at risk of sounding like a travel blog, we strongly suggest you pay a visit here. At Kingsmills, you are our guest and as a guest you are entitled to all the splendour that we have on offer. Our finest dining experience, our comfortable and beautiful rooms and our incredibly beautiful and picturesque gardens are just some of the reasons to come and stay here. As we said, we are a little biased, but for all the right reasons.

A Night at the Opera

If theatre, musicals and drama are your thing, there is plenty in Inverness to keep you entertained. How about the Eden Court theatre, which has a variety of shows to attend—check their listings for fun things to watch? It is an excellent way to round off an evening of strolling along the Ness River, around the Ness Bridge and down to Grieg Street Bridge. Come home to Kingsmills for a tasty dinner and a lovely toddy to round off the day. Call our sales team direct today on 01463 237 166 today for our best deals!

Highland Adventures around Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

If you are looking for a destination that will give you thrills and chills, or if you prefer more peaceful pastimes, all set in an area of abundant beauty, then the Highlands of Scotland is most certainly worth a look.

Photo taken by Visit Scotland

Photo by Visit Scotland

As Ernest Hemingway says “anyone can be a fisherman in May” – well, we would go one step further and say anyone can be a fisherman in the Highlands!  Particularly on the Spey;   the jewel amongst Scotland’s finest salmon rivers.  From its source, it descends 1000ft, some 107 miles.  This descent creates a great flow all season which makes for some very exciting fishing with high expectations on every cast.  A river as vast and powerful as the Spey produces the Hulk Hogan of salmon!

If walking is your activity of choice then the Great Glen Way will lead you through some of the most staggeringly beautiful and dramatic scenery.  By lochs and rivers, your effort will be rewarded with visual splendour at every turn.  And of course if you are a Munro Bagger, then the highlands has plenty to offer.  But don’t be mislead that they are all a test of endurance; some have accessible routes with the focus being on the majestic panoramic views rather than the sweat and toil!

The Cairngorm Mountain range has enjoyed spectacular snow and snow activities over the past few years.  For the nay-sayers who think Scotland doesn’t offer real snow sports, visit this impressive national park and take another look.  The variety of terrain in this area is a big attraction for skiers and snow boarders of all capabilities.

And in the summer months these same mountains are a draw for mountain bikers.  Now mountain biking could never be considered a sport for the faint of heart, but the bonus after the hard work, is some of the longest single track descents in the UK.

Some might say that your opinion on hunting and shooting depends on which end of the gun you are at!  The Highlands of Scotland are famous the world over for their country sports and for the professional way in which the land is managed and conservation is practiced.  The sports take place on estates with professional gamekeepers and are located throughout the Highlands.

And let’s not forget the water based activities; the Great Glen Canoe trail is the first of its kind in Scotland and will take you over 60 miles following the Caledonian Canal from Corpach to Inverness.  Paddling and amazing scenery sounds the perfect way to pass 5 days!

Whichever adventure you decide on, you can be sure that the Highlands will deliver on a grand and majestic scale and Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness will be the perfect place to rest your head after your Highland Adventure! To view all Kingsmills Hotel’s Special Offers please visit the official website here.

Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2013

The finalists have been announced for the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2013.  As the current holder of the award for Best Hotel of the Year, we remember all too clearly the nerves and tension around the hotel on the run up to the big night.  Can you imagine how we feel this year, having been short listed for not one, but three awards! As I reach for the Bach Rescue Remedy, let me tell you which categories we have been nominated in; Once again we have been nominated in the Best Hotel of the Year Category, and that is not a mantle we will give up easily.  If it is possible to care for our guests with even greater dedication and passion, then we will do it! Our Managing Director, Tony Story has been nominated in the Entrepreneur of the Year category.  Tony has taken the hotel to new heights since the acquisition in 2007.  He has led a programme of refurbishment, the development of the Kingsclub and Spa in 2010 and the current development of the Kingsmills Suite Conference Centre.  In addition to all of this we have just received planning permission for 12 lodges within the grounds of The Kingsmills Hotel.  And finally our Restaurant and Bar Supervisor, Angus MacLeod, has been nominated for the Young Ambassador of the Year title. The Awards are announced on 4th October so wish us luck.  Must go and plant some lucky white heather!

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The Show Must Go On!

Working in an environment that is based around an ethos of outstanding service, providing world class guest experiences and going the extra mile means that The Kingsmills Hotel staff sometimes have to get creative…

 

That creativity can be about developing a really fun (albeit slightly off the wall!) Girls Slumber Party Package and other innovative special offers, or creating a truly indulgent spa experience.  Have a look at our spa treatment menu here if you’re in the mood for some pampering! Recently, however we took the concept of creativity quite literally to help one of our guests out of a potentially sticky spot…

 

The Kingsmills Hotel recently hosted a group of actors who were filming a period drama at a nearby stately home, and it was great for staff and guests to see the colourful characters around the hotel.  One of the actors was understandably alarmed to realise that she had arranged to have her costume laundered, unaware that the laundry would be closed on the Sunday – the day of filming!

 

Thankfully our Operations Manager, Sandra, understands fully two important concepts which are ingrained in each and every staff member here at The Kingsmills Hotel:

 

  1. Always go above and beyond to create a great guest experience, and
  2. The Show must go on!

 

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Recognising the guest’s alarm, our Operations Manager asked ‘What does your costume look like?’  Thankfully this particular guest wasn’t playing aristocracy and didn’t require puffy sleeves in opulent fabrics or elaborate bodices adorned with jewels!  Grateful to learn that the actress’ character came from the other end of the social hierarchy, and needed only a long black skirt with black cape and cream coloured ruffled collar, Sandra set to work to make a replacement.  It’s amazing what banqueting covers and a ‘can do’ attitude can create! So, with Sandra’s help, the cast pulled off an amazing performance, the show, indeed, did go on as planned.

Inverness: The Place to be this Summer!

Summer holidays are fast approaching and even the weather seems to be in agreement about that!  There are so many good reasons to visit the Highlands of Scotland – majestic scenery, inspiring history, grand castles and, of course, our world renowned whisky distilleries.  Here at Kingsmills Hotel, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a few more great suggestions of things to keep you and the family entertained this summer…

 

Belladrum Festival, Beauly: August 2nd and 3rd

 

An eagerly anticipated landmark event in the Scottish festival calendar, this family friendly event includes over 90 acts across 5 stages featuring local and internationally renowned artists. Why not combine some high-octane action with a relaxing stay at Kingsmills Hotel? We have a fantastic range of luxury hotel rooms to suit everyone, check out our availability here.

 

Scottish Open, Castle Stuart: July 11th – 14th

 

The 2013 Scottish Open returns to Castle Stuart where, once again, the spectators will enjoy great viewing perspectives made possible by the unique topography of this much heralded links course over looking the Moray Firth in Inverness, Scotland. Golf in Scotland is among the best in the world, and if golf is your thing, Kingsmills Hotel offers a fantastic selection of good value golf breaks.

 

Moscow State Circus, Bught Park: July 6th – 13th

 

The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest and greatest production to date – Gorky Park. If you’re looking for ideas for inspiring breaks with children, this guarantees fantastic fun for all the family!

 

Inverness Highland Games, Northern Meeting Park: July 20th

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Treat your family to an action-packed day of Highland delights at the Inverness Highland Games 

 

The Annual Inverness Highland Games features a mix of track and field events, displays and family entertainment.  Founded in 1822, the games are one of the most spectacular traditional gatherings staged in Scotland and are a highlight of any trip to the Highlands. After a busy day at the games, we’d love to welcome you to enjoy a slap up meal in one of our wonderful onsite restaurants. Our childrens menu options are far more extensive than most hotel restaurants in Scotland, helping you enjoy a stress-free family break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For discount hotel rates whilst exploring the Highlands, visit our website. With so much to see and do in Inverness this summer, our friendly team would love to welcome you at Kingsmills Hotel.