£300-a-night no more as hotel charges slashed

HOTELS across Inverness are preparing to reopen on July 15 with many changes applying – including the prices. The era of sky-high charges for scarce rooms in the Highland capital is over, for this year at least. During the tourism bonanza of recent years which has seen Inverness become one of the most popular destinations in Britain, charges for a room have risen to £300 … Continue reading £300-a-night no more as hotel charges slashed

Primark retains its pulling power with 100-yard queues as centre reopens

BARGAIN basement clothes store Primark was by far the busiest store in Inverness on reopening Monday, with staff supervising the entry of restricted numbers of customers. Even with a 100-yard long queue at times people eager to restock their wardrobes were not put off waiting. People emerged with large bags packed with clothes, although none of the buyers looked in any way threadbare in appearance. … Continue reading Primark retains its pulling power with 100-yard queues as centre reopens

Scaffolding, barriers, bollards – the city centre looks a mess

by Colin Campbell CITY centre traders hoping for an early resurgence of business to claw back some of the money they’ve lost during lockdown have not had a good week. Not only has there been a dispiriting shortage of customers – and there were no more around yesterday than there were on a fairly barren reopening day on Monday – much of the precinct looks … Continue reading Scaffolding, barriers, bollards – the city centre looks a mess

Back to work blues? Spare a thought for those who’ve never stopped

by Colin Campbell AS thousands of people prepare to return to their jobs in Inverness on Monday at the end of a 14-week furlough, many no doubt suffering from a severe dose of “back to work” blues, they should spare a thought for those who’ve never stopped working. In particular, Inverness care home staff in a sector where Scotland has one of the highest virus … Continue reading Back to work blues? Spare a thought for those who’ve never stopped

BLM display due to go up this week – what’s in and what’s out?

by Colin Campbell THOSE waiting eagerly for the much-vaunted outdoor exhibition at Eden Court of Ness Bridge posters from the Black Lives Matter protest of three weeks ago shouldn’t have to wait much longer. It was supposed to have appeared a week or so ago, but there’s still nothing there. Now it’s expected to go up in the next few days. Last week I was … Continue reading BLM display due to go up this week – what’s in and what’s out?

‘Mature’ escorts offer risky company for post-lockdown city lonely

AS the country emerges from lockdown, Nicola Sturgeon has given no indication of when it will be safe to resume activity in the escort industry. It isn’t included in phases one, two, three or four. If questioned on the issue, she’d probably bracket it in phase 105, or thereabouts.  However, although activity in the sector has plummeted in recent months, there’s now a significant upturn, … Continue reading ‘Mature’ escorts offer risky company for post-lockdown city lonely

Highland tourist industry will pay the price as Sturgeon goes through her ‘quarantine’ charade

by Colin Campbell THE independence supporting National has climbed out of its coronavirus deathbed. It has ceased carrying daily pleas to readers from its editor, Callum Baird, for survival support as a result of tumbling “lockdown” circulation. Baird’s begging page has been a feature of the paper for the past three months. Recently we highlighted a slew of headlines which appeared to have one purpose only, even … Continue reading Highland tourist industry will pay the price as Sturgeon goes through her ‘quarantine’ charade

Towering hotel blueprint looks so bad – did artist just give up?

by Colin Campbell WHEN artists are commissioned to provide pretty-picture illustrations of how new developments planned for Inverness will look – hotels, blocks of flats, entertainment venues and so on – it may not be their most favoured artistic challenge but they usually try and rise to the occasion. Depicting a giant slab of concrete as something that’ll be aesthetically appreciated and admired takes skill … Continue reading Towering hotel blueprint looks so bad – did artist just give up?

Blackford’s **** off sign is ok: Councillor is hung out to dry

by Colin Campbell SNP Westminster leader and Ross MP Ian Blackford enthusiastically endorses a sign at the border which has been doctored to tell English people to f*** off, and his viscerally insulting actions are either ignored or are met with wry amusement within the SNP. While a local councillor is accused – falsely – of displaying “racist” posters and the full weight of the … Continue reading Blackford’s **** off sign is ok: Councillor is hung out to dry