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.

Little Knapp ref: UK5085

Littlemill, near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£303-£650

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Little Knapp
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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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Bona Lighthouse Stables ref: CC511465

Lochend near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£557-£1610

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4 star rating
Look out onto Loch Ness from the glass-fronted lounge and relax in front of the cosy woodburner at this cottage.
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Beaufort Cottages - Dairy Cottage ref: CC511444

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£332-£634

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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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Ness-Side Cottage ref: S4249

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

£521-£857

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5 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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Squirrel Cottage ref: CC511428

Strone, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£438-£841

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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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Bramble Cottage ref: UK5104

Ardendrain, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£314-£650

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3 star rating
This lovely detached cottage is in the hills above the pretty village of Kiltarlity, enjoying some lovely views to the front.
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Market Stance ref: UKC295

Geddes, near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£715-£1651

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5 star rating
This stunning, unique holiday property is the ideal base for a romantic, luxurious retreat, surrounded by landscaped gardens.
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Dhuallow ref: UTF

Aberarder, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£454-£1241

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4 star rating
Dhuallow lies amid the glorious Highland countryside, with dramatic mountainous scenery and amongst a 350-acre estate.
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Laggan Bridge Cottage ref: CC511470

Laggan Bridge near Invergarry, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£470-£735

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4 star rating
With Loch Oich literally on the doorstep you can watch boats sailing by or fish from the comfort of the garden!
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Shore Wynd ref: UK5050

Invergordon, Northern Highlands

£489-£702

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3 star rating
A cosy house offering accommodation over two floors in the docking port of Invergordon, approximately 25 miles from the Highland capital, Inverness.
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    2
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Birch Lodge ref: UK5376

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£472-£1075

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So much to see and do for all ages - tackle a hike up the highest mountain in the UK, visit castles or simply relax in the private hot tub.
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Tsitika Holiday Apartment ref: W40637

Beauly, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£285-£633

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4 star rating
Enjoying stunning views from the balcony, across Strathglass, sits this bright and attractive holiday apartment.
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Old Dairy ref: UK5260

Aigas, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£366-£815

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3 star rating
Commanding expansive views of the on-site golf course and surrounding woodland this is the perfect place to stay and play golf, explore or simply relax.
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Badgers Den ref: 30499

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£288-£543

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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
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Ness Castle Estate - Ghillie’s Lodge ref: SYYC

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£954-£2066

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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
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