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BUSINESS FOCUS: Looking ahead to a packed year full of special events in Inverness

By Lorraine Bremner McBride

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The Best Bar None Awards return this month. Picture: Callum Mackay
The Best Bar None Awards return this month. Picture: Callum Mackay

As we usher in a new year, there are a number of events to highlight.

Firstly, the much-anticipated Best Bar None Awards are set to take place on Tuesday (January 9) at the Mercure Hotel in the city centre.

Supported by the Inverness Pub Watch Group and Inverness City Centre BID, these awards offer well-deserved individual and collective recognition to businesses and their dedicated staff who comprise our night-time economy and who have demonstrated achievement of the highest standards via a programme of stringent accreditation over the last year.

The event also highlights the pivotal role these establishments play (with much work undertaken behind the scenes) in ensuring we can all, as far as possible, enjoy a safe evening when we are out and about.

A new addition to our events calendar for 2024 is the Food and Drink Fortnight, brought to you in collaboration between BID and destination management organisation Visit Inverness Loch Ness and due to launch on January 29.

This two-week extravaganza will offer locals and our visitors alike an opportunity to indulge in a range of special offers and discounts, and a chance to savour, enjoy and explore various new culinary experiences across a range of venues, with something for every palette and budget range.

Check the VILN website (https://www.visitinvernesslochness.com/) or our social media pages towards the end of the month for further details on this.

Looking ahead to summer, Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualification in Germany is a long-awaited milestone that many city centre businesses are keen to help us come together and celebrate, with match dates confirmed as: June 14, 19 and 23.

Finally, as work is set to commence on the rejuvenation of Northern Meeting Park, in tandem with the ongoing development of a world-class visitor attraction at Inverness Castle (both expected to open in 2025) – as well as improvements being made also to Bught Park – in 2024 we also look forward to following the transformative journey of these welcome and commendable levelling up projects which aim to offer spaces and experiences to enhance our city

And in case you haven’t seen it you can view the promo video for the Castle (which looks outstanding!) here – https://invernesscastle.scot

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