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.

Kite View Cottage ref: 29554

By Avoch, Northern Highlands

£296-£795

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4 star rating
Kite View Cottage
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There are many outdoor activities to enjoy from this property, including watersports, mountain biking and golf.
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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The Old Lock House Apartments - Lock Side ref: 23993

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£290-£992

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3 star rating
Beautifully presented Lock Side, lies in the heart of Fort Augustus and looks out over the locks of the Caledonian Canal.
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    5
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Little Green Cottage ref: UK5450

Drumnadrochit, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£0-£0

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3 star rating
Nestled on the shores of Loch Ness, this cosy cottage is ideal for a spot of Nessie hunting or a boat trip for dolphin watching.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Woodland Lodges - Ben Klibreck ref: UKC3041

Forres, near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£544-£23038

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4 star rating
Come and relax in the beautiful hot tub at this luxury holiday lodge in the Highlands of Scotland.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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    2
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Beach House ref: UK5783

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£934-£1250

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4 star rating
Enjoy the sandy beaches, clear blue skies, riverside walks and fantastic views over the Moray Firth from this large, detached property right on the coast.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Heather Barn ref: UK5725

Balnain, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£265-£517

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4 star rating
Perfectly situated for visiting Loch Ness, explore all that this lovely part of the Scottish Highlands has to offer.
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    2
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    1
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    1
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Laundry Cottage ref: SUUL

Ceannacroc, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£374-£939

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4 star rating
There is free trout fishing and a variety of wildlife surrounding this property, located just yards away from the River Doe.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Glebe Cottage ref: UK5633

Urray, near Dingwall, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£387-£914

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4 star rating
Explore the Scottish Highlands with its romantic castles, magnificent mountain scenery, beautiful beaches, mysterious lochs and an abundance of outdoor activities.
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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Ardconnel Court Apartments - Apartment 4 ref: UK5748

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£711-£1839

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4 star rating
There is so much to see and do in this beautiful area with pubs, theatres, many activities and magnificent views.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Heron’s Rest Cottage ref: UK5768

Milton, near Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£360-£667

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3 star rating
This cosy cottage for two is the perfect base from which to explore the Highlands and its many attractions.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Ness-Side Cottage ref: S4249

Abriachan, Loch Ness-Side , Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£420-£864

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4 star rating
Access to a private 500 yard stretch of Loch Ness is at your disposal during your stay here - you may even spot Nessie!
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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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
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Antlers ref: 30837

Cawdor, near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£679-£1174

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4 star rating
Boasting a cosy wood burner, this semi-detached property is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Just 13 miles from Inverness.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Bluebells ref: W43156

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

£313-£949

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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
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Ardconnel Court Apartments - Apartment 6 ref: UK5750

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£711-£1839

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4 star rating
Enjoy magnificent views from the balcony of this first floor apartment after a day spent exploring the Highlands, beaches and coastal villages.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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