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.

Ness Castle Estate - Weir Cottage ref: SXXS

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£633-£1173

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5 star rating
Ness Castle Estate - Weir Cottage
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Nestling against a wooded backdrop, this cottage is on one level and is only minutes from the centre of Inverness.
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    3
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    2
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Holly Cottage ref: W8304

Gorstan, near Garve, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£342-£804

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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
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Beaufort Cottages - The Retreat ref: UK5004

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£357-£779

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4 star rating
A detached cottage complete with wood burner and private garden within the Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes.
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    4
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    2
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Tigh-na-Abhain ref: W41506

Glenmoriston, near Invermoriston, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£305-£753

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4 star rating
This detached bungalow enjoys wonderful open views of the wooded hills of this peaceful glen, in the heart of Glenmoriston.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Squirrel Cottage ref: CC511428

Strone, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£436-£877

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3 star rating
Squirrel Cottage has lovely views towards Loch Ness and the hills beyond, there is also the Urquhart Castle nearby.
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    5
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Ivy Cottage ref: SD40

Laggan Locks, Loch Lochy, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£269-£736

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3 star rating
Ivy Cottage lies by the water’s edge at the north end of Loch Lochy, surrounded by beautiful Highland scenery.
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    2
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    2
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    1
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    1
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Loch Ness Studio ref: UK5937

Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£348-£704

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3 star rating
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Couples or individuals will be well situated for exploring the Highlands with Loch Ness almost on the doorstep.
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    2
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    1
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    0
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    1
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Temple House West ref: 29156

Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£284-£595

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3 star rating
With wonderful views over Loch Ness, this holiday apartment is ideal for walkers, with the Great Glen Way being close by.
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Stag and Coo ref: UK5543

Dingwall, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£439-£950

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4 star rating
History lovers will find plenty of attractions close to this bungalow, including Culloden Battlefield, Fort George and Brodie Castle.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Dalreach ref: 9337

Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£302-£936

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Dalreach, a bright renovated highland cottage, sits peacefully and secluded in the hills high above Drumnadrochi.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Hill View ref: UK5105

Drumnadrochit, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£444-£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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Ness Castle Estate - River Lodge ref: SYYA

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£3211-£4418

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5 star rating
Perfect for larger groups, you can enjoy the great outdoors whilst staying at this wonderful lodge.
  • Sleeps
    14
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    7
  • Bathrooms
    7
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Ferry House ref: W43160

By Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£378-£866

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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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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Badgers Den ref: 30499

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£249-£563

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3 star rating
This cosy apartment is well suited for a romantic, outdoor rural escape in the Scottish Highlands.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Ardconnel Court Apartments - Apartment 7 ref: UK5751

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£711-£1479

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4 star rating
Discover castles, enjoy extreme sports, challenging climbs and more leisurely ambles or even a peaceful cruise up Loch Ness.
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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