Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

Charming historical villages, scenic walks and excellent shopping...

Inverness, Capital of the Highlands lies at the north end of the Great Glen, where the River Ness flows into the Moray Firth. With its suspension bridges across the River Ness and old stone buildings, it is a pretty place which is well-known for its floral displays.

The River Ness provides a key focus within the city, and attractions like the castle, Inverness Cathedral and the Eden Court Theatre can all be found on its banks; together with some of the city's many shops and restaurants.

Follow the River Ness for long enough and you will end up by the shores of the best known loch in Scotland - Loch Ness. Thanks to its famous resident - Nessie, the friendly Loch Ness monster it has become one of the most popular areas for tourists to visit. Explore the visitors centre by the shore and learn the history of this legend. You might even spot this illusive creature for yourself as you stroll the area.

To the East of Inverness is Nairn, rated second in a list of top desirable destinations for 2010! But its not surprising because with its long, sandy, Blue Flag beaches and promenades it competes with some of the popular tourist beaches in the south of England. Its unique micro-climate also helps to ensure that it has more hours of sunshine and less rainfall than towns just 15 miles away.

Off shore The Moray Firth is home to one of only two colonies of dolphins in the UK and they are often spotted from viewpoints along Nairn's shore. The seafront also hosts an active harbour, with boat owners offering trips to see the resident bottle-nose dolphins or simply to view Nairn from a different angle.

Areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Culbin Forest and Culbin Sands Nature Reserve can be observed inland. Enjoy spotting many species of flora and fauna, as well as birds and migratory flocks. And for those who enjoy the invigorating sea air, there are magnificent views across the Moray Firth.

Glen View ref: UK5023

Balnain near Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£481-£1144
4 star rating
Glen View
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This holiday property is in a stunning location in the Northern Highlands, and the ground floor is adapted for less mobile visitors.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Forest Lodge ref: 29276

Wester Lovat, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£369-£709
4 star rating
Set in beautiful surroundings with a leafy woodland to the rear, visitors to this property can enjoy the ever-changing views.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

North Lodge Gate House ref: CC511401

Muir of Ord, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£392-£854
4 star rating
This holiday property is set in a quiet location and is just a short drive away from Inverness, Loch Ness and the Moray Coast.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Sandy Beach ref: W43205

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£432-£1211
3 star rating
Sandy Beach is close by to Nairn, the lovely seaside resort with stunning sandy beaches with Moray Firth dolphins.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Primrose Cottage ref: SCCH

Glenmoriston, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£440-£1100
4 star rating
Enjoy breathtaking views over Loch Ness from this property - an ideal Highland holiday base.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Strath View ref: UK5246

Cannich, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£309-£682
3 star rating
Many outdoor activities can be enjoyed close to this little cottage which occupies a rural location near three beautiful glens.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Achagour Cottage ref: CC511214

Glenferness, Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£332-£874
3 star rating
Beautifully presented detached cottage adjoining trout fishery where visitors are offered preferential rates
 
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Culcharry Cottage ref: B5829

Cawdor, Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£344-£877
4 star rating
This attractive and spacious holiday cottage is an ideal base from which to walk Nairn’s miles of sandy beaches.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Badgers Den ref: 30499

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£249-£543
3 star rating
This cosy apartment is well suited for a romantic, outdoor rural escape in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Craigellachie Cottage ref: W43088

Wester Galcantray, near Cawdor, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£341-£875
3 star rating
This detached holiday cottage is a great base for keen golfers, with Castle Stuart Golf Links only 2 miles away.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Tourie Lum ref: SXXX

By Avoch, Northern Highlands

£491-£1209
4 star rating
Tucked away, this former gamekeeper’s lodge is a good base for enjoying outdoor activities or touring the Moray coast.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Beaufort Cottages - Mercy Cottage ref: CC511448

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£376-£847
3 star rating
Take a stroll around the 50 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds surrounding this property, located on the Beaufort Estate.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Kajadron ref: UK5190

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£363-£916
3 star rating
Enjoy all the shops and restaurants of Inverness or venture out of the city to explore the wonderful countryside on your doorstep.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Bona Lighthouse ref: CC511464

Lochend near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£704-£1610
4 star rating
Set on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, enjoy this lovely holiday property with views of Loch Ness from nearly every room.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

The Dell ref: 27212

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£529-£1167
4 star rating
Walk along the Great Glen Way, visit Loch Ness or meander along the banks of the Caledonian Canal from this property.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    5
  • Changeover
    SAT