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.

Holly Cottage ref: W8304

Gorstan, near Garve, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£342-£804

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Close to local amenities and in a village setting, this is an ideal base for touring the highlands.
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  • Bedrooms
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White Stag Lodge ref: UK5634

Nairnside, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£3569-£5704

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Families or couples will enjoy their stay at this unique holiday lodge in beautiful surroundings, with its own private hot tub and characterful wood burner.
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    8
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Culcharry Cottage ref: B5829

Cawdor, Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£356-£913

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4 star rating
This attractive and spacious holiday cottage is an ideal base from which to walk Nairn’s miles of sandy beaches.
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    5
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Ardgarry ref: CC511365

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£2039-£2039

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3 star rating
Spacious stone house for 9 in 6 bedrooms situated in a central yet peaceful location in the heart of the Highland capital, Inverness
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  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    4
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The Brewer’s Cottage ref: W41330

Tomich, near Cannich, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£329-£657

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Lying within a large woodland garden on the edge of the conservation village of Tomich, sits The Brewer’s Cottage.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Torguish House - Thistledown Cottage ref: UK5785

Daviot, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£384-£736

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Discover all that this wonderful area of Scotland has to offer, with a variety of outdoor activities available and beautiful towns and villages to explore.
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    4
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    2
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    1
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Aspen Chalet ref: W2111

Glenmoriston, by Loch Ness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£232-£585

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3 star rating
Ideally based for exploring the western Highlands, Aspen Chalet is perfect for walking, fishing and bird watching.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Market Stance ref: UKC295

Geddes, near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£897-£1686

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5 star rating
This stunning, unique holiday property is the ideal base for a romantic, luxurious retreat, surrounded by landscaped gardens.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Boat House ref: W42272

Rosemarkie, near Inverness, Northern Highlands

£379-£757

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3 star rating
The Boat House lies just 30 yards from the beach on the Moray Firth, with dolphins, otters, nestling ospreys and falcons all close by.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Kinnettas Cottage ref: CC511420

Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£300-£869

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3 star rating
Located in the village of Strathpeffer, discover Inverness, Muir of Ord, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle form this property.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Old Post Office House ref: CC511250

Artafallie, Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£359-£649

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3 star rating
Charming cottage in a rural setting yet only 3 miles from Inverness
 
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Hill View ref: UK5105

Drumnadrochit, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£418-£1124

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4 star rating
Just a short walk from the banks of Loch Ness in the Northern Highlands, Hill View provides peaceful, warm and homely accommodation for families of 6.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Song Bird Cottage ref: W43203

Scaniport, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£446-£966

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4 star rating
Song Bird Cottage nestles within beautiful wooded grounds, and provides accommodation that sits on the edge of Inverness.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Ardgay ref: 30935

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£278-£699

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3 star rating
Outdoor pursuits and wonderful scenery await visitors to this apartment, which has a canalside setting and is ideal for a touring holiday.
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Glen View ref: UK5023

Balnain near Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£416-£1166

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4 star rating
This holiday property is in a stunning location in the Northern Highlands, and the ground floor is adapted for less mobile visitors.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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