Have you booked a holiday to the Inverness and Loch Ness region of Scotland? Are you looking for advice on whether to travel here and how to stay safe during the Coronavirus outbreak?
Firstly, please make sure you are aware of current NHS guidance and the symptoms of Coronavirus. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should not travel and should self-isolate wherever you are. You should speak to your healthcare provider and insurance company as soon as possible for further guidance.
Everyone should practice social distancing throughout Scotland. This is to help prevent or slow down the spread of the Coronavirus. If you are from overseas and are seeking advice, the Scottish Government can offer advice. Overseas tourists in Scotland who think they may have Coronavirus will be tested for free.
Government advice is updated regularly. As it stands, it is generally advised not to undertake any international travel unless it is absolutely necessary. Some hotels are closing, and some are offering a much more limited service. Many countries are recommending that their citizens return home, even if that means cutting your holiday short.
Please speak to your hotel or accommodation provider before travelling. If your travel is absolutely essential, ensure you have proper insurance to cover your trip. If you are travelling further afield in Scotland, Visit Scotland has further advice.
Most providers of tourist accommodation around Inverness and Loch Ness will, at the very least, have put in place stringent new cleaning protocols. There may also be self-check in options and other social distancing measures, in live with government advice. Some hotels in Inverness have closed for a short while.
To find your accommodation provider, please visit our Where To Stay page, and search from there. Here you will find the contact details for most hotels, self-catering lodges and other accommodation.
Many tourist attractions have reduced hours, and some have closed. You can find the contact details for most attractions around Inverness and Loch Ness on our Things to Do page. You can contact them directly, although lines may be very busy. Most will have posted their latest updates on their social media pages. Again, if you are suffering from a high fever or a persistent cough, please do not travel and instead self-isolate at home.
Public transport will also be affected by the Coronavirus. Rail networks have been affected, as have busses in and around Inverness. If you must travel, ensure that all your connections are still working before leaving.
If you have pre-booked tickets, accommodation or travel, it is worth speaking to those providers first. They may be able to offer a refund, exchange or swap to another date. You can keep up to date with the latest news from our area on our Facebook page.
Whilst we don’t know what the future will bring, we hope that by working together we can come out of this crisis stronger. We look forward you back to Inverness and Loch Ness with open arms again very soon.