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.

Timaru ref: 30715

Rosemarkie, Northern Highlands

£366-£931
0 star rating
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From this property, visit the fishing villages along the Moray Coast, or take a trip to nearby Inverness and Loch Ness.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Beaufort Cottages - The Retreat ref: UK5004

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£344-£700
4 star rating
A detached cottage complete with wood burner and private garden within the Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Kite View Cottage ref: 29554

By Avoch, Northern Highlands

£332-£738
4 star rating
There are many outdoor activities to enjoy from this property, including watersports, mountain biking and golf.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Tigh na Bruaich ref: CC511406

Auldearn near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£297-£711
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.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bona Lighthouse Stables ref: CC511465

Lochend near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£557-£1610
4 star rating
Look out onto Loch Ness from the glass-fronted lounge and relax in front of the cosy woodburner at this cottage.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Dhuallow ref: UTF

Aberarder, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£385-£1212
4 star rating
Dhuallow lies amid the glorious Highland countryside, with dramatic mountainous scenery and amongst a 350-acre estate.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Laundry Cottage ref: SUUL

Ceannacroc, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£355-£893
4 star rating
There is free trout fishing and a variety of wildlife surrounding this property, located just yards away from the River Doe.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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River View ref: CC511409

Foyers, by Loch Ness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£371-£858
3 star rating
Sitting by Loch Ness, on the edge of the village of Foyers this three bedroomed property is ideal for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The Anchor and Chain ref: UK5234

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

£899-£2116
3 star rating
New!
Situated on the banks of the Beauly Firth with spectacular views, The Anchor and Chain is the perfect choice for those who want to enjoy a peaceful holiday in the Highlands.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    5
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Market Street ref: UK5245

Alness, near Invergordon, Northern Highlands

£325-£762
4 star rating
This delightful, terraced cottage is nestled in the heart of a bustling Highlands town with all the amenities close by.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The Hollies ref: UK5326

Alness, near Invergordon, Northern Highlands

£435-£1023
4 star rating
New!
With walks from the door this spacious house enjoys peace and quiet and yet is within easy reach of all the amenities of Alness.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The Sea Lodge ref: UK5032

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

£439-£881
3 star rating
The Sea Lodge is fittingly named; a homely residence just yards from the beach and the sea.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Bluebells ref: W43156

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

£361-£898
3 star rating
Comfortable cottage with enclosed garden, great for exploring the area, with forest trails, mountain biking and golf courses all nearby.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Sunart ref: UK5211

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£689-£1255
3 star rating
Try a spot of Nessie watching with Loch Ness just 9 miles from this lovely bungalow, or shopping in Inverness with its variety of shops and museums.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Strathnairn ref: CC511489

Farr near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£517-£1145
4 star rating
A three bedroomed property surrounded by nine acres of birch woodland and enjoying open view towards the Monadhliath mountain range. Just 20 minutes from Inverness.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT