Please note that this information (which is for Scotland) will be different to the situation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Update 17th November 2020
Our B&Bs are open in line with the Scottish Government regulations about how to operate our accommodation services in a way which is safe for our guests and safe for us. You can book your holiday now.
Please note that only one household (or 'extended household') can stay in each room booked at a B&B establishment or hotel. B&Bs can have guests staying in more than one room at any given time, but social distancing must be maintained between separate households.
Check out our Latest News page for what's open in and around Inverness including guided walks, boat trips, visitor attractions, etc.
From 2nd November, a new system of Covid Protection Levels (or tiers) for Scotland operates whereby each area of the country is placed into one of these Levels and certain restrictions will apply regarding travel, hospitality businesses, social gatherings, etc.
The Highlands are under Level 1.
Travel restrictions now apply to areas of Scotland which are in Levels 3 and 4. This means that people living in Level 3 or Level 4 must not travel outside their own council area, except for certain essential purposes (e.g. funerals, work). There should also be no non-essential travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK. Please see the latest Scottish Government information regarding travel within Scotland, within the UK and internationally.
Social gatherings in Scotland
From 23 September 2020, there are restrictions on social gatherings throughout Scotland. This means no more than 6 adults from up to 2 households can meet socially in public places such as bars, cafes or restaurants, or outdoors in a park or garden. (Children under 12 are not counted within this limit). From 19 November, the rules in Level 1 (including the Highlands) will be 8 people from 3 different households meeting outdoors. Coach trips, guided tours and boat trips are still permitted but please ensure social distancing from other households.
Face coverings in Scotland
It is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, banks and other enclosed areas such as museums, indoor tourist attractions, cinemas and places of worship.
It is also mandatory to wear a face covering inside bars/restaurants when you are not seated (e.g. when entering/leaving the premises or going to the toilet).
Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons.
You are also required to wear a face covering on public transport (see below).
Please note that it is mandatory to wear a face covering on all public transport (including public areas of bus/train stations and airports) and in taxis. Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons (see full guidance).
Advance booking of trains and ferries is essential.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants
Face coverings are mandatory when you are not seated (e.g. when entering/leaving the premises or going to the toilet).
No more than 6 people from up to 2 different households should meet together at a time (excluding children under 12). From 19 November, this changes to 8 people from 3 different households meeting outdoors in Level 1 areas (including the Highlands).
Hospitality venues are legally required to collect customers' contact details (name and phone number of the lead person in each household group) in case contact tracing is necessary.
Under the new system of levels in place from 2nd November onwards, there are restrictions on closing times for restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars in different areas of Scotland. In the Highlands (Level 1) - last entry is 9.30pm and all premises must be closed by 10.30pm.
Events and attractions
Unfortunately most of the major events such as Highland Games have been cancelled for 2020. Feel free to check out the 2020-2021 dates on our Events listing page.
If you are hoping to visit attractions like castles and museums, please check when they are open and if you need to pre-book time slots so that social distancing can be well managed (see our guide to what's open in and around Inverness). You will be asked to wear a face covering when visiting indoor attractions.
Arriving into the UK
See Scotland's List of 'travel corridor' countries which have exemptions from 14-day quarantine (self-isolating). If you are travelling to Scotland from countries not on this list, you are required to self-isolate in one location for 14 days.
For additional info, see the VisitScotland Travel to Scotland FAQ.
VisitScotland has a handy list which summaries the current situation and regulations in Scotland.
Scotland is now operating a 'Test and Protect' strategy.
The Protect Scotland app is available to download for free via Apple and Google stores.
For medical advice if you are experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus, please consult the NHS website.