7 reasons to make Inverness your luxury girls weekend destination.  Stay at the Best Western Inverness Hotel & Spa and discover a place to simply relax! Be pampered in the Spa, Sip something fab in the new Brasserie & Bar, Shops are only a short a stroll away and take in the fabulous view of Inverness Castle and the River Ness directly opposite the hotel.

The Best Western Inverness Palace hotel is simply in an ideal location for your girly gathering!  We have a variety of Luxury Girls Escapes & Hen Weekend packages for you to choose from and make your memorable escape in the Highlands. Make the most of your weekend, below are 7 reasons to make Inverness your next luxury girls weekend away destination.

Your 7 Reasons:

1. Explore the City of Inverness

The City of Inverness is the capital of the Highlands and it’s a friendly place, people will make eye contact and say “Hello”.  For our guests who have come from the city this is always a surprise!

After your Scottish buffet breakfast then take a stroll and add a bit of culture to your girly escape and visit Inverness Castle.  The castle sits directly opposite the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa. Stroll along the pretty river banks of the River Ness, cross the bridge and a wee walk up the hill and you are at the entrance to the Castle.  The castle still serves as the sheriff court and is mostly lcosed to the public however the North Tower of the historic Castle contains  a new viewing platform.  A great place to get your bearings and enjoy a fab view up and down the River Ness and the surrounding town and hills.

2. Shopping Trip in Inverness

There is always time to squeeze in some shopping in any girly weekend. Most of the high street names are represented in Inverness but we want to share with you a few hidden gems. Those shops that are unique, eclectic and might open your eyes to a whole new interest.  If you have time, check out these little shopping gems:

Leakey’s Second Hand Bookshop – This is THE place to try in Inverness if you like books and / or a great bistro-style cafe with home cooking and an open fire!  Leakey’s Bookshop was established in 1979 and has been housed for the last 19 years in the old Gaelic Church (1793). It is Scotland’s largest secondhand bookshop with 100,000 selected volumes. The Castle Gallery is one of the most successful small galleries you’ll find in Scotland. An alternative is Riverside Gallery a family run gallery with exhibitions all year.  The Workshop at Inchmore. Inchmore is a small village in the Highlands of Scotland 7 miles west of Inverness on the A862 road to Beauly, surrounded by magnificent scenery.  The Workshop is a 100 year plus wooden building which today is a hive of activity in textile art. Family team Ruth Black, Mary Wood and Rachel Wood can be found hard at work.  Adjacent to The Workshop is The Loomshed, where they hand weave tweed on a traditional foot powered loom.  This fantastic artisan venture also offers classes.  Defninetly something different to try on your weekend away!

3. Try Something Different on Your Girls Getaway

Are you looking for something a little different on your girly getaway?  We have a few suggestions that will make your escape a little more unique.

Okay ladies yes you can enjoy a cruise on your girly escape. We recommend Jacobite Cruises. You can join a Jacobite cruises from Inverness Bus Station only a short walk from the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa.Simply cruise on Loch Ness complete with a glass of bubbly! Discreetly scan the waters for any sign of Nessie but mostly sit back and take in the breathtaking views.  If you want to make it even more of an adventure, then book the cruise with a stop at Urquhart Castle.  This fabulous ruin is perched on the hill overlooking the Loch. You can get a sense of the ferociousness of the Jacobite age. The walls are scarred with the many battles the castle has witnessed. You can join a Jacobite cruises from Inverness Bus Station only a short walk from the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa.

4. Half Day Adventures

You can take the bus or the car and take a day trip to Chanonry Point. Make sure that you collect a picnic from reception before you go.  The waters around the Moray coast attract a huge variety of Sea-life that are not easily spotted elsewhere in the country.  If your girly group don’t want to take to the water then this wonderful place is for you. You can stand on the shore and are simply meters from the Sealife. The Dolphins, Porpoises and Seals come very close. You can watch them hunt, play and carry out their daily life.  Sometimes you may be lucky and see Minke Wales or Orca (Killer Wales). Party at Sea & Get Up Close with Nature, for those of you who prefer a more adventurous approach and would like to get closer to the sea-life then you can book one of the many tours that operate in this area.  See Phoenix Boat Trips http://www.dolphin-trips-nairn.co.uk/wildlife.php

 A chance for you to relive your day dreams of being a princess or lady of the house and visit Cawdor Castle.  Got something for everyone in your party, glamourous girls will love the interiors of this Highland gem.  It even inspired Shakespeare remember MacBeth.  This beautiful castle has many grand rooms for you to explore.  You can stretch your legs in the generous grounds, lose each other in the maze, catch up on the lawn and play a few holes of golf!. Book afternoon tea and enjoy moment as a lady of the manor, sarah@cawdorcastle.com.

5. Make the Most of Your Time

 Why not, learn something NEW on your girly weekend. A new addition to the Inverness party scene are Hen Party Inverness!  They are a local company that offers a wide range of fun activities! Book a meeting room at the Palace for only £25 per hour and arrange a Salsa lesson!

The Inverness Palace Girly Intoxicating Tea Party is not just any old afternoon tea party, this is a fantastic girly tea party with a twist!  You’ll find your Intoxicating tea party dressed with lovely classic cake stands offering all sorts of delicious and delicate nibbles. Your eyes will pop when they see dainty finger sandwiches, fresh scones with lashings of cream and jam and a fabulous selection of cakes and sweet bites to guarantee a super sugar hit! But it doesn’t stop there…your vintage tea pots will offer some extra delights filled with the very best of the Palace Cocktails & Mocktails for you to sip and enjoy in your classic china cups! Followed by very classy mini Vodka jellies. You can also book your own Tea Party room and bring your own play list too! Make an afternoon of it and get glam’d up with the girls – there really is no better excuse for a bit of sparkle and bling than your intoxicating tea party

6. Relax in Inverness

What better way to spend an afternoon with friends than relaxing in the Spa. Make sure that you book all your treatments in advance as the Spa is also a popular choice for our guests.  You can see the full range of wonderful treatments here and then make sure that you book here.  You’ve enjoyed your massage, then take a dip in the pool and do a few lengths or catch up on your girly gossip in the jacuzzi!  Alternatively you could indulge in makeover and a blow out for the night ahead!

7. Party the Night Away

All the luxury girls packages include a 3 course dinner in our restaurant Eight on the River, then you may want to try our NEW Brasserie & Bar.  This stylish spot only opened earlier this year.  The staff have been trained and are ready to tempt you with something from the New Cocktail and Gin Menu.  So get read to sit back relax and sip something delicious.  If you are looking for more nightlife then the city beckons, just a couple of mins stroll across the bridge, no taxis required! There are plenty of bars and nightclubs for you to choose from.

Stay with US

We hope you choose to enjoy your Luxury Girls weekend away with us at the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa. Just choose the luxury girls weekend package that suits you best! We want you to have the best girly getaway possible, so don’t hesitate to call the team on 01463 22 32 43 or email us at Palace for any advice on planning your weekend or any extra touches.  We will do our best to make it perfect for you!  Plus all guests enjoy free car parking, free Wi-Fi and don’t forget the lovely leisure club.

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