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ST. ANDREWS & THE HIGHLAND CAPITAL OF INVERNESS.
Cross the Firth of Forth on your way to St Andrews - the home of golf. Continue over the River Tay into the Grampian Mountains. You pass Blair Athol Castle before following the sparkling Spey Valley to Inverness. Your centrally located hotel looks over the River Ness and up to Inverness …
Left Edinburgh bright and early for St Andrews on the coast of Fife. Over the Firth of Forth bridge and thru rolling countryside.
Visited the ruins of the Cathedral of St Andrew, a 12th century Medieval Catholic Church.
Got dropped off at the British golf museum and the old course at St. Andrews. Didn't have a chance to wander …
We started our day with a visit to Culloden Moor. This is the site of the battle of the English Army and the Jacobite rebellion. The Jacobites, under Bonnie Prince Charlie, were thoroughly defeated and then massacred. Then we were on to a sheep dog demonstration on a working farm (Leault Farm near Aviemore) The shephard was Neil Ross...a relative …
After a lovely breakfast we left Fort William to visit Glenfinnan and the world famous 21 arch viaduct. We had a little trouble finding it and a nice man at the train station gave us some good directions. The viaduct was fantastic and we walked right under it and up the hill to take some pictures from above. There are also some nice churches and …
... taxi to the CairnGorm mountains and Mark, Tim and I had our day of snowboarding lessons. Naomi strolled around the mountain taking photos and sampling Scottish Whisky. To get to the top of the mountain, we all caught the Funicular, which is a train that goes up a steep slope. When at the top, we were kitted out with snowboarding gear and then we walked out to a steepish spot on the mountain where our lesson began.
It was quite fun ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Columba Hotel Inverness
We booked a room here on the internet a few days before our one day stay during which the hotel was at full occupancy. Expect a clean, comfortable room in a very pretty old building facing the River Ness and a castle. (Most rooms, however, do not face the castle and river.) Expect a full English breakfast buffet included in the price. You can also expect some bar related street noise coming into the room until about 2am at the top of the season; this may vary depending on floor level and location. The hotel advertises wireless internet in all room. When I arrived I asked about it. Sorry, it cost 10 pounds per 24 hours for a voucher but they were all out of vouchers. Internet cafes in town are only open during business hours. However, they did say I could use the internet thru the tv and the provided keyboard for 5 pounds per hour. But they couldn't get this to work. Finally, after first refusing, they let me use an office computer for a few minutes to check my e-mail. At 11am check out I asked if I could leave my carryon bag at the desk for safe-keeping before leaving town later in the day. They said sure, but told me to put it an alcove open to the lobby. I didn't feel secure doing this so I dragged my bag around with me.
Pleasant, satisfactory experience
Recently refurbished, the Swallow Columba is a comfortable and economical place to stay in Inverness. I got a great rate on the Swallow website - £110 for two nights, which was much cheaper than anything offered by the discount travel websites, so I'd recommend visiting the Swallow site before booking. Complaints? The room itself was a bit small and the bathroom could have been a lot better - should have been, in fact, considering that this hotel is proud to wave its four-star banner. That said, the lounge overlooking the river, and bar/bistro downstairs, the helpfulness of the staff and the proximity to nearby restaurants and pubs all compensated for what was a pretty unremarkable room.
Lovely setting overlooking the River Ness and very near the centre. The staff were just delightful -they could not have been more friendly and helpful. The hotel decor was very stylish, and dinner and breakfast were fine. We would definitely stay there again.
On business - a one week stay.
Set in a good location, close to restaurants and shops with good views over the river Ness and castle if you happen to be at the front of the hotel, otherwise rooftop and walls were the order of the day.
My room was located on the third floor, a little claustrophobic and although the hotel boasts a recent renovation, it suffered a bit with black mold around the bath and window frame. To get hot water I had to run the tap for what seemed an age.
My soap kept disappearing everytime the room was made and I had to collect new from reception.
Drink prices were on the high side, food was 'OK'.
Parking is pay and display roadside, or in car park approx 300 yds away.
All in all not a bad hotel but obviously could be improved.
We stayed at this hotel January 28/29 and had a wonderful room. We booked through Easybreaks at a terrific price and were given a room on the front looking over to Inverness Castle. The room was spacious and very clean although the bathroom definately needed upgraded! Dinner on Saturday night was a carvery with a good choice and you could help yourself to anything you wanted. Sunday nights dinner was a Table d'Hote because there were only about 12 people in the dining room but it was excellent too. Breakfast was good with a lot to choose from although we timed it wrong on Sunday morning and had to wait for the dishes to be refilled. The bar had lively entertainment on Saturday night and was very busy. The staff were very friendly and efficient and we would not hesitate to go back to the Columba. We would thoroughly recommend a stay at this hotel
Superb "The best in Inverness".
Absaloutely fantastic stay! Wonderful restaurant and bar with superb room overlooking the River Ness!! Freindly staff and great service! Been many times from Glasgow to Inverness and have now found the perfect Hotel for both quality and location!!
Enjoyable 2 nights spent at the Columba. From reading previous reviews, we appeared to have on of the smaller rooms overlooking the backlot. Decent enough though, not huge, but clean and tidy. The bathroom was small and reminded me of a holiday camp old style bathroom with modern touches. We could not get the bathroom window to close (we even reported it, but no-one came - it was an old fashioned wooden sash window) so it was chilly in morning and the door kept banging at night in the wind.
We stayed at the Columba for two nights and booked the break through easy-breaks at a great price which included dinner.
Just returned from a four day special deal at the Columba Hotel Inverness sharing a family room with my wife and son. Had a great time. The room was well decorated and very comfortable even with the three of us in it. The staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful. The carvery menu at dinner was excellent and the service first class. The town centre was only a short walk away and we had a very enjoyable stay. The only downside was the parking which is outwith the control of the hotel. In the street it costs £1 for 2 hours but there is a car park beside the cathedral, a short walk away, where it is £2 for all day. Fortunately my wife has a disabled badge which allowed us to park in the street outside the hotel all day for free. All in all we had an excellent experience.
Check-in went fine. Hotel Wonderully located across the Loch Ness River overlooking Inverness Castle. Pluses....beautiful view, great nearby parking, walking distance to many downtown shops including the castle...priced med to moderate. Charming old building, but room was UNBELIEVABLY small. Like small master bedroom small. Decor was terrible. Reminded me of old New York slum apartment with a good coat of paint. Room View was of a moldy rooftop and actually had a staircase slope on roof of room cutting down room further. Like living in a stair closet. They may have better rooms and we probably got the "stupid US tourist suite". I would likely not stay there again if I could not get a better room for same price. Restauraunt was OK and had a decent breakfast. US comparison...an old Days Inn Motel with a good view.