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About Us

Hello!  This is a first for us – talking about ourselves!  It’s not something we do often.  We love meeting our guests from all over the world and hearing their stories.  We talk to our guests about Scotland, the places, culture, the people and the weather!  So we don’t really talk about ourselves much (honestly!).  However, we thought maybe you would be interested to know a wee bit about your hosts. We are Richard and Susan Tocher, both born and raised in Edinburgh and moved to Inverness in 2012 to open our Bed and Breakfast.  We both had professional careers and had never owned a hospitality business…

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Haggis: Scotland’s Culinary Mystery or Delicious Daredevil?

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Ah, haggis—the dish that strikes fear into the hearts of some and sends others into a culinary frenzy. As a self-proclaimed adventurer in the realm of food, I couldn't resist delving into the mystique surrounding Scotland's most infamous delicacy. So grab your kilt and sporran, dear readers, as we embark on a gastronomic journey into the world of haggis.Let's start with the basics: what exactly is haggis? Well, prepare yourselves, because it's not for the faint of heart (or stomach). Traditionally made from sheep's heart, liver, and lungs, mixed with onions, oats, and spices, haggis is then encased in a…

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An irreverent potted history of Inverness Castle

There has been a castle, perched on the hill in Inverness since the 11th century! That’s over a thousand years – impressive!
 Records show that Malcolm III of Scotland built the first castle but credit also goes to his son David - it's nice to think it was a family project then. Like a lot of castles in Scotland, it’s been raised and razed to the ground several times!  It’s been a royal residence, a military garrison and a courthouse.

 There's been a few 'celebrities' visited in the past too:
 Robert the Bruce fancied his chances of occupying the castle…

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Rick Steves Scotland

Rick Steves is an American travel writer, author, and television personality known for his extensive travel experience and insightful guides. Steves has written numerous travel guides, including the popular "Rick Steves' Europe" series, which has become the go-to resource for millions of travellers. Born in 1955 in Edmonds, Washington, Rick Steves began travelling at an early age with his family. His passion for travel continued to grow, he worked as a tour guide, gave travel classes and he eventually started his own travel consultancy business. The business focused on providing travellers with a unique and authentic experience of Europe. Steves'…

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