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.

Strath View ref: UK5246

Cannich, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£309-£676

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3 star rating
Strath View
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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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Ivy Cottage ref: SD40

Laggan Locks, Loch Lochy, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£296-£707

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3 star rating
Ivy Cottage lies by the water’s edge at the north end of Loch Lochy, surrounded by beautiful Highland scenery.
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    2
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Ness Castle Estate - Red Squirrel Lodge ref: SYYB

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£559-£1076

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5 star rating
Close to Inverness, this cottage is great for touring or enjoying golf and fishing whilst on holiday.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Aspen Chalet ref: W2111

Glenmoriston, by Loch Ness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£291-£592

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2 star rating
Ideally based for exploring the western Highlands, Aspen Chalet is perfect for walking, fishing and bird watching.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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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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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    5
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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
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Wester Croachy Cottage ref: 70228

Aberarder, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£319-£749

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3 star rating
This detached holiday cottage sits amidst hills and farmland, midway bewtween Fort Augustus and Inverness.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Red Kite House ref: 29238

Jamestown, near Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£375-£1017

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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.
  • Sleeps
    9
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Redburn Steading ref: CC512034

Belivat, Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£356-£934

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4 star rating
Superbly presented stone barn conversion in the heart of the Highlands and close to many outdoor activities.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Little Cottarton ref: CC511244

Cawdor, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£395-£734

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3 star rating
Perfectly restored stone country cottage offers peace and seclusion yet only a half mile from Cawdor
 
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Rowan Chalet ref: W2112

Glenmoriston, by Loch Ness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£255-£570

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2 star rating
Rowan Chalet sits in 6 acres of secluded grounds, with magnificent views over the Glen, from cosy accommodation.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Glen View ref: SJJW

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£516-£1240

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4 star rating
This apartment is situated within the former St Benedict’s Abbey, within 20 acres of grounds, located at the southern tip of Loch Ness.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Dove Cottage ref: UK5033

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£491-£999

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4 star rating
Offering a wood burner and beautifully presented accommodation, this former fisherman’s cottage lies a short walk from the beach, marina, shops and restaurants.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    FRI

The Cedars ref: CC511477

Blairninich near Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£427-£891

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0 star rating
Explore a lovely part of the Northern Highlands from this two bedroomed property just one mile from the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Beaufort Cottages - Mercy Cottage ref: CC511448

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£396-£847

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3 star rating
Take a stroll around the 50 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds surrounding this property, located on the Beaufort Estate.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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