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Accommodations

We have rooms reserved at the hotels featured below for both our Main and Pre-Conferences. Participants attending the Pre-Conference will spend the evening of the 19th of August in Inverness, and the nights of the 20th and 21st in Stornoway at the same hotels chosen for their Main Conference stay.

Participants whose attendance begins with our Main Conference will have the option of either arriving independently into Stornoway on the 22nd of August, or of traveling with the Open Center group, spending the night of the 21st in Ullapool en route to Stornoway the following day.

In Stornoway, hotel rooms will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and you will be asked to provide first, second and third choices. Our registration director, Andrea Lomanto, will confirm your reservation. Only a limited number of rooms have elevator access; be sure to inquire if you have any special needs. Please note that accommodations for the Post-Conference Journey to Findhorn and Iona are listed within its itinerary.

PRE-CONFERENCE ACCOMMODATIONS

 Participants joining us for our Pre-Conference Day on the Isles of Harris and Lewis and Day of Reflection will be staying at one of the following hotels on the night of the 19th of August. Both hotels are a short taxi ride from Inverness Airport. Our limited number of rooms at the Craignay Guesthouse and Strathness House are available on a first come basis.

Craignay Guesthouse

The Craignay B&B Guesthouse is located in a lovely 19th century townhouse on a quiet road near the River Ness. Just a five minute walk from the city center, and close to Inverness Castle, the Craignay features comfortable rooms with shared bathrooms in a cozy, homelike atmosphere.

Amenities:

  • Free Wifi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary tea and coffee in rooms

Strathness House

Strathness House is situated within a 19th century Victorian townhouse on the banks of the River Ness, next to St. Andrew’s Cathedral and a five-minute walk from the city center. Most of the comfortable and traditionally furnished rooms in this family-run guesthouse face the picturesque river. Breakfast is served in their high-ceilinged dining hall with views of Inverness Castle.

Amenities:

  • En-suite bathrooms with showers
  • Free Wifi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and chocolates in rooms

Chieftain Hotel

The Chieftain is a warm, welcoming, family-run inn on the outskirts of the city, a five-minute taxi or 15-minute walk crossing the River Ness into the center of Inverness. All the rooms at this Bed & Breakfast have been extensively refurbished; a cooked Scottish breakfast greets guests each morning. The Chieftain also features a lively bar and game room.

Amenities:

  • En-suite bathrooms (some with bathtubs available)
  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits in rooms

Price for the one night of the Pre-Conference in Inverness:
19th of August 2017

Double Room at the Craignay: $60 per person

Single Room at the Craignay: $115

Double Room at the Chieftain or Strathness: $95 per person

Single Room at the Chieftain or Strathness: $185

Price for the additional two nights of the Pre-Conference in Stornoway:
The Hebridean Guesthouse on the 21st and 22nd of August 2017

Double Room: $150 per person

Price for the additional two nights of the Pre-Conference in Stornoway:
Lews Castle on the 21st and 22nd of August 2017

Double Room with shared bath: $150 per person

Single Room with shared bath: $240

Double Room with private bath: $180 per person

Single Room with private bath: $280

Price for the additional two nights of the Pre-Conference in Stornoway:
The Crown Inn on the 21st and 22nd of August 2017

Single Room: $280

See below for descriptions of accommodations in Stornoway.

For booking double rooms, please specify whether you will be attending as a couple, sharing a room with a friend, or wish to have a roommate arranged for you by the Open Center (pending availability).

OPTIONAL MAIN CONFERENCE GROUP TRAVEL: ULLAPOOL

Participants opting for group travel into Stornoway for the Main Conference will be staying at the following hotel on the night of the 21st of August.

Royal Hotel

Ullapool’s Royal Hotel, housed in a 19th century inn, sits amidst panoramic views of Loch Broom and the rugged mountain landscapes of the Scottish highlands. Rooms are large, contemporary in style, and recently renovated. The Royal Hotel’s seaside location makes for a seven-minute walk to the Ullapool ferry terminal, and a minute’s walk to the town center.

Amenities:

  • En-suite bathrooms with showers (some with bathtubs available)
  • Free Wifi throughout hotel
  • Complimentary tea and coffee in rooms

Please see our Cost page for pricing for this optional activity HERE

MAIN CONFERENCE: STORNOWAY
The Hebridean Guesthouse

The Hebridean is a lovely guesthouse overlooking the grounds of Lews Castle. With a welcoming staff, and charming and clean rooms, the Hebridean Guesthouse is a 10-minute walk from the Stornoway ferry terminal, and only a few minutes longer walk to the castle.

Amenities:

  • En-suite bathrooms with showers
  • Free Wifi
  • Complimentary tea and coffee in rooms

Price for the five nights of the main conference – 22nd – 27th of August 2017:

Double Room: $360 per person

For booking double rooms, please specify whether you will be attending as a couple, sharing a room with a friend, or wish to have a roommate arranged for you by the Open Center (pending availability).

Lews Castle

Lews Castle is a glorious 19th century gothic-revival manor overlooking Stornoway harbor and the sea, and the site at which our Main Conference and most of our meals together will take place. The castle is nestled amongst magical woodlands, parkland and Victorian gardens; its grounds have been in community ownership since 1923. Many of the tastefully renovated guest rooms of Lews Castle are private bedrooms within a shared apartment, with shared or private baths. There is also a limited number of private bedrooms with en-suite baths, all available on a first come basis.

Amenities:

  • Free Wifi

Price for the five nights of the main conference – room with shared bath

22nd – 27th of August 2017:

Double Room: $375 per person

Single Room: $600

Price for the five nights of the main conference – room with private bath

22nd – 27th of August 2017:

Double Room: $450 per person

Single Room: $700

For booking double rooms, please specify whether you will be attending as a couple, sharing a room with a friend, or wish to have a roommate arranged for you by the Open Center (pending availability).

The Crown Inn

Known as the hotel where a 14-year old Prince Charles once bought a cherry brandy after slipping away from royal security during an excursion, the Crown Inn has since undergone a complete transformation. Its newly and stylishly renovated rooms are extremely comfortable. Its restaurant prides itself on serving locally sourced foods and produce, and its flagship bar offers an extensive selection of single malt whiskeys, cask and craft ales and ciders. With terrific views of Lews Castle and the harbor, the hotel is just a three-minute walk from the port and a 20-minute walk through a wooded park and past a golf course to the castle.

Amenities:

  • En-suite bathrooms (some with bathtubs available)
  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits in rooms
  • Reception desk available 24/7

Price for the five nights of the main conference – 22nd – 27th of August 2017:

Single Room: $700

For booking double rooms, please specify whether you will be attending as a couple, sharing a room with a friend, or wish to have a roommate arranged for you by the Open Center (pending availability).

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