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 Affric Cottage ref: 90119

Cannich, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£309-£584

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3 star rating
Glen Affric Cottage
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A warm Highland welcome awaits you at Glen Affric Cottage, with panoramic views of the magnificent Glen Affric.
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Ferry House ref: W43160

By Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£409-£791

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3 star rating
With direct access to the River Beauly, Ferry House, a detached holiday home, makes a super base for exploring the Northern Highlands.
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The Hollies ref: UK5326

Alness, near Invergordon, Northern Highlands

£435-£1028

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4 star rating
With walks from the door this spacious house enjoys peace and quiet and yet is within easy reach of all the amenities of Alness.
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    3
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Redburn Steading ref: CC512034

Belivat, Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£356-£934

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4 star rating
Superbly presented stone barn conversion in the heart of the Highlands and close to many outdoor activities.
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Little Cottarton ref: CC511244

Cawdor, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£586-£621

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3 star rating
Perfectly restored stone country cottage offers peace and seclusion yet only a half mile from Cawdor
 
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Beaufort Cottages - Duffs Lodge ref: CC511446

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£340-£734

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3 star rating
This property is the ideal base for guests wishing to explore the Scottish Highlands and all that it has to offerm whilst being set in a tranquil location.
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    2
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Beaufort Cottages - Mercy Cottage ref: CC511448

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£402-£887

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3 star rating
Take a stroll around the 50 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds surrounding this property, located on the Beaufort Estate.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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The Hollies ref: CC511476

Blairninich near Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£367-£733

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A cosy cottage for two with a wood burner just one mile from the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer.
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Lum Hat House ref: W41726

Shoremill, near Cromarty, Northern Highlands

£291-£654

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3 star rating
Relax and unwind with beautiful views and a stunning setting. Fantastic to do as much or as little as you like.
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    2
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Rowanlea Cottage ref: 29886

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£388-£998

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3 star rating
From this delightful semi-detached bungalow, enjoy a peaceful stroll to the beach or harbour of the former fishing village of Nairn.
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    6
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Eagle’s Nest ref: 18177

Glaick of Kessock, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£279-£696

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3 star rating
With a large shared garden, this holiday property is ideal for exploring Inverness, which is just a few miles away.
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    2
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    1
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Wester Croachy Cottage ref: 70228

Aberarder, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£319-£749

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3 star rating
This detached holiday cottage sits amidst hills and farmland, midway bewtween Fort Augustus and Inverness.
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    4
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    3
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    3
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    1
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Holly Cottage ref: W8304

Gorstan, near Garve, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£333-£782

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4 star rating
Close to local amenities and in a village setting, this is an ideal base for touring the highlands.
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    6
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    2
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    3
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Snookies Cottage ref: 29360

Milton, near Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£311-£577

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3 star rating
Being over 300 years old, this historic cottage is the perfect base to explore the Highlands, with mountain biking, walking the Great Glen, or a stroll along forest trails.
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    2
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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Kittiwake Cottage ref: UK5212

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£442-£962

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4 star rating
Enjoy a wonderful seaside holiday at this property, located just 500 yards away from the beach and the local amenities of Nairn.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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