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.

Beaufort Cottages - Kennels Cottage ref: CC511447

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£342-£629

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3 star rating
Beaufort Cottages - Kennels Cottage
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Located only a few miles away from the popular town of Beauly, this holiday property is ideally located to discover all that the area has to offer.
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Little Knapp ref: UK5085

Littlemill, near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£303-£675

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3 star rating
Less than 5 miles from the popular town of Nairn and the sea, Little Knapp occupies an ideal location in the quiet village of Littlemill.
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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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    3
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Tides ref: SZZL

Cromarty, Northern Highlands

£409-£892

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4 star rating
Set in the heart of Cromarty and enjoying sea views from the upstairs bedroom, this property makes a magical base to explore the area.
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Holm Lodge ref: SSAG

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£1514-£2847

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4 star rating
This property is an ideal base for large families or groups to discover the wonders of Loch Ness and Inverness.
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    12
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    6
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    6
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Sandy Beach ref: W43205

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£432-£1170

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3 star rating
Sandy Beach is close by to Nairn, the lovely seaside resort with stunning sandy beaches with Moray Firth dolphins.
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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Hillview House ref: W43312

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

£727-£1336

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4 star rating
Hillview House boasts spectacular panoramic views over the waters of Moray Firth and the Highland capital city of Inverness.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Ness Castle Estate - Benula Lodge ref: SYYM

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£845-£1711

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4 star rating
At this holiday property, guests have access to a steam room and gym, perfect after a day exploring Inverness-shire.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    4
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Tomnahurich Bridge House ref: CC511463

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£469-£852

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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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  • Bedrooms
    2
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The Dell ref: 27212

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£529-£1167

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4 star rating
Walk along the Great Glen Way, visit Loch Ness or meander along the banks of the Caledonian Canal from this property.
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  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    5
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Crombie Cottage ref: CC511357

Marybank near Muir of Ord, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£339-£624

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3 star rating
Semi detached bungalow for 4 set back from the road and enjoying incredible views to the Wyvis mountain range
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Beaufort Cottages - Dairy Cottage ref: CC511444

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£331-£663

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3 star rating
Located in the magnificent Beaufort Estate, this property is the ideal base to explore the Scottish Highlands.
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  • Bedrooms
    1
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Old Stable ref: UK5259

Aigas, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£363-£854

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3 star rating
Attractive and comfortable self-catering holiday cottage in a peaceful area abundant in red deer, pine martens and otters.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Ness Castle Estate - Ghillie’s Lodge ref: SYYC

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£954-£2167

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5 star rating
A spacious holiday retreat, not far from Inverness, with river views and opportunities for both relaxing and enjoying the countryside.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Tigh na Bruaich ref: CC511406

Auldearn near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£346-£745

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3 star rating
Located just three miles away from Nairn, meander along the Moray Coast and explore the towns and villages of the Northern Highlands.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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