Bridge at the Ness Islands, Inverness

Inverness B&B Accommodation


Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQs

Please note that this information (which is for Scotland) will be different to the situation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Update 18 September 2021

From 9 August 2021, the majority of Covid restrictions in Scotland have been lifted. Please note - mask wearing in shops, bars, restaurants, indoor attractions and public transport will still be in place for the foreseeable future.

Travel is permitted between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There are restrictions on travel from other countries (see below).


Our B&Bs are open in line with the Scottish Government regulations about how to operate our accommodation in a way which is safe for our guests and safe for us. You can book your holiday now.


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 12 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).

Public transport
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 12 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons (see full guidance).
Advance booking of trains and ferries is recommended.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants
All hospitality venues are allowed to open indoors and outdoors. Face covering must be worn inside when you are not seated. Venues are obliged to collect the contact details of customers to help with Test and Protect.

Events and attractions
Feel free to check out the 2021 dates on our Events listing page. Many major events have been cancelled or postponed for 2021.
If you are aiming to visit attractions like castles and museums, please check if you need to pre-book time slots so that numbers 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.
From 1 October 2021, Scotland intends to introduce requirements to provide a Covid vaccine certificate for entry to nightclubs and certain big events.

Arriving into the UK from abroad
The UK 'traffic light' system for international travel with Green, Amber and Red countries is changing on 4 October 2021 such that there will only be a Red list. Currently, arrivals from all destinations are required to take a Covid test before leaving their country of origin and follow the requirements listed below depending on their country of departure.
Please note that from 4 October, the rules on testing will be different depending on whether you are arriving into England or Scotland from destinations outside the UK (click here for info).

  • Arriving from a Red list country - you are required to enter a managed isolation hotel and stay there for 10 days. You must also take a PCR test on days 2 and 8 after arrival.
  • Arriving from an Amber list country - you must self-isolate at home for 10 days and take PCR tests on days 2 and 8.
    Exceptions - people arriving from the US and EU who can show proof of being fully vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival (but must still take a test on day 2). Separate rules apply for children.
    Anyone testing positive for or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will still be required to isolate for 10 days.
  • Arriving from a Green list country - you are required to take a PCR test PCR test on day 2 of arrival.

See the latest Scottish Government Covid travel information for the full details for each scenario.
See the Green, Amber, Red list countries.
For additional info, see the VisitScotland Travel to Scotland FAQ.

VisitScotland has a handy list which summarises 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.