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.

Second Fiddle ref: CC511373

Drumnadrochit, near Loch Ness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£353-£698

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3 star rating
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Fantastic hideaway for couples situated in the centre of the pretty village of Drumnadrochit.
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Bluebells ref: W43156

Blairninich, nr, Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£371-£898

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3 star rating
Comfortable cottage with enclosed garden, great for exploring the area, with forest trails, mountain biking and golf courses all nearby.
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    6
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Tigh-na-Abhain ref: W41506

Glenmoriston, near Invermoriston, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£297-£736

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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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  • Bedrooms
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Tigh Na Mara ref: CC511262

Fortrose, Ross-shire, Northern Highlands

£376-£1039

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3 star rating
In the seaside town of Fortrose on the Black Isle with panoramic seascape views across the Moray Firth
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Ness Castle Estate - Weir Cottage ref: SXXS

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£559-£1076

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5 star rating
Nestling against a wooded backdrop, this cottage is on one level and is only minutes from the centre of Inverness.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The Anchor and Chain ref: UK5234

North Kessock, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£899-£2043

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Situated on the banks of the Beauly Firth with spectacular views, The Anchor and Chain is the perfect choice for those who want to enjoy a peaceful holiday in the Highlands.
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    10
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    5
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The Hollies ref: CC511476

Blairninich near Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£380-£737

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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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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Beaufort Cottages - Rose Cottage ref: CC511449

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£311-£527

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3 star rating
Sleeping a maximum of seven guests, this wonderful holiday property is a fantastic base for taking a Highland family holiday.
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    7
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  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Glen Affric Cottage ref: 90119

Cannich, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£309-£677

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3 star rating
A warm Highland welcome awaits you at Glen Affric Cottage, with panoramic views of the magnificent Glen Affric.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Heronwood House ref: CC511369

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£356-£934

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4 star rating
Detached Victorian stone-built house enjoying stunning views from its vantage point overlooking the River Ness
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Rose Cottage ref: UK5109

Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£346-£750

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3 star rating
This detached cottage is set on the edge of the popular vibrant village of Drumnadrochit, just half a mile from Loch Ness.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Squirrel Cottage ref: W42887

North Kessock, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£327-£824

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3 star rating
Squirrel Cottage nestles amongst the trees of Ord Hill above North Kessock and is a short drive from Inverness.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Townhouse ref: W43301

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£469-£1053

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3 star rating
Set within walking distance of the city centre of Inverness, The Townhouse offers spacious holiday accommodation.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Tomnahurich Bridge House ref: CC511463

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£469-£813

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4 star rating
Located on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, yet one mile away from Inverness city centre, this property is the ideal touring base.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Vatersay Cottage ref: CC511469

Kytra Locks near Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£490-£860

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3 star rating
Overlooking the canal, this detached period property lies in a tranquil spot, but is also close to many family attractions.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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