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.

Glen Affric Cottage ref: 90119

Cannich, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£309-£584

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3 star rating
Glen Affric Cottage
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A warm Highland welcome awaits you at Glen Affric Cottage, with panoramic views of the magnificent Glen Affric.
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Beaufort Cottages - The Kennels Bothy ref: CC511451

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£332-£663

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3 star rating
This wonderful ground floor holiday property is set in a tranquil location, within easy driving distance of many attractions.
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Heronwood House ref: CC511369

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£356-£934

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4 star rating
Detached Victorian stone-built house enjoying stunning views from its vantage point overlooking the River Ness
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    5
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    3
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Paterson Cottage ref: CC511370

Heights of Kilcoy, Muir of Ord, Northern Highlands

£439-£734

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4 star rating
Detached single storey cottage for 4 in a quiet and un-spoilt setting yet only a short drive to Inverness
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    2
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Beaufort Cottages - The Retreat ref: UK5004

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£338-£688

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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.
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    2
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The Cedars ref: CC511477

Blairninich near Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£407-£934

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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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    2
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Beaufort Cottages - Checkers Cottage ref: CC511445

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£328-£517

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3 star rating
Sit back, relax, unwind and enjoy the tranquil setting of this holiday property, located on the Beaufort Estate.
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    4
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    0
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    2
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Ivy Cottage ref: SD40

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

£310-£740

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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
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    1
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Craigellachie Cottage ref: W43088

Wester Galcantray, near Cawdor, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£341-£822

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3 star rating
This detached holiday cottage is a great base for keen golfers, with Castle Stuart Golf Links only 2 miles away.
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    4
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    2
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    2
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    1
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The Hay Lodge ref: W43043

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£314-£715

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4 star rating
This delightful, self-contained holiday apartment forms part of The Hay Lodge, an attractive stone-built Victorian house in Nairn.
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    2
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    0
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    1
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Old Dairy ref: UK5260

Aigas, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£363-£854

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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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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Birch Lodge ref: UK5376

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£459-£1112

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4 star rating
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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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Ness Castle Estate - River Lodge ref: SYYA

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£2923-£4211

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5 star rating
Perfect for larger groups, you can enjoy the great outdoors whilst staying at this wonderful lodge.
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    14
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    7
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    7
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The Dovecote ref: CC511154

Evanton, Ross-shire, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£414-£874

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3 star rating
Superb barn conversion situated on a quiet lane within the Ross-shire countryside
 
 
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    8
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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North Lodge Gate House ref: CC511401

Muir of Ord, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£376-£867

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4 star rating
This holiday property is set in a quiet location and is just a short drive away from Inverness, Loch Ness and the Moray Coast.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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