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.

Bank Garden Cottage ref: UK5479

Fortrose, near Inverness, Northern Highlands

£369-£844

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4 star rating
Bank Garden Cottage
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Situated in a small harbour town which overlooks the Moray Firth this property is ideal for trips to the many undiscovered beaches along the coastline.
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    2
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Red Kite House ref: 29238

Jamestown, near Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£376-£1102

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3 star rating
Enjoy the cosy open fire, or the large garden with sitting-out area, this detached property is perfect for families and friends.
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    9
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Ardconnel Court Apartments - Apartment 7 ref: UK5751

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£711-£1839

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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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    2
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Acorn Cottage ref: UK5881

Conon Bridge, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£279-£671

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3 star rating
Come and explore the Highlands with lochs, beaches and mountains all surrounded by stunning scenery.
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    2
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    1
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Woodpecker Cottage ref: 23492

North Kessock, Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£319-£695

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3 star rating
This peacefully located property is perfect for that break away from it all, complete with wonderful views.
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Urquhart Mill ref: CC511334

near Conon Bridge, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£966-£1293

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4 star rating
Spacious single storey detached house built on the site of an old historic mill 6 miles from Dingwall
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    6
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Loch Ness Cottages - Rivendell Cottage ref: 26694

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£362-£836

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4 star rating
Bright apartment with lovely views over the countryside and an ideal base for exploring the highlands.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Woodland Lodges - Ben Wyvis ref: UKC3042

Forres, near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£644-£23038

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4 star rating
This beautiful, luxury holiday lodge is a great choice for families and friends wishing to explore this picturesque area.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Woodside Cottage ref: S4105

Loch Ness-Side, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£360-£790

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4 star rating
Situated on the shoreline of Loch Ness and enjoying its own private shingle beach, Woodside Cottage will delight all visitors looking for a romantic retreat.
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    1
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    1
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    2
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Loch Ness Cottages - Bramble Lodge ref: 29508

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£296-£906

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4 star rating
This well-located ground floor lodge with views of Loch Ness provides a cosy touring base.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Strath View ref: UK5246

Cannich, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£321-£795

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3 star rating
Many outdoor activities can be enjoyed close to this little cottage which occupies a rural location near three beautiful glens.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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The Dell ref: 27212

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£544-£1201

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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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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    5
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Tides ref: SZZL

Cromarty, Northern Highlands

£410-£921

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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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    2
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The Willows ref: UK5638

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£459-£783

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4 star rating
Take a boat trip on Loch Ness, enjoy a spot of golf on one of the beautiful courses, or explore the many historical attractions in the area.
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    2
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Little Knapp ref: UK5085

Littlemill, near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£317-£671

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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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    3
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    1
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    1
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