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.

Ardgay ref: 30935

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£313-£672
3 star rating
Ardgay
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Outdoor pursuits and wonderful scenery await visitors to this apartment, which has a canalside setting and is ideal for a touring holiday.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Ness Castle Estate - River Lodge ref: SYYA

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£2966-£4090
5 star rating
Perfect for larger groups, you can enjoy the great outdoors whilst staying at this wonderful lodge.
  • Sleeps
    14
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    7
  • Bathrooms
    7
  • Changeover
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Craigellachie Cottage ref: W43088

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

£341-£875
3 star rating
This detached holiday cottage is a great base for keen golfers, with Castle Stuart Golf Links only 2 miles away.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Hillview House ref: W43312

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

£700-£1390
4 star rating
Hillview House boasts spectacular panoramic views over the waters of Moray Firth and the Highland capital city of Inverness.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
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Millnain Cottage ref: S4199

Fodderty, By Strathpeffer, Highlands, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£344-£894
3 star rating
A traditional cottage with a large garden perfect for the whole family, and even your dog! Walks abound in this lovely area.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Willows ref: CC511475

Blairninich near Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£427-£891
0 star rating
A two bedroomed property finished to an excellent standard just one mile from the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Song Bird Cottage ref: W43203

Scaniport, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£373-£934
4 star rating
Song Bird Cottage nestles within beautiful wooded grounds, and provides accommodation that sits on the edge of Inverness.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Kinnettas Cottage ref: CC511420

Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£353-£864
3 star rating
Located in the village of Strathpeffer, discover Inverness, Muir of Ord, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle form this property.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Little Cottarton ref: CC511244

Cawdor, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£364-£759
3 star rating
Perfectly restored stone country cottage offers peace and seclusion yet only a half mile from Cawdor
 
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Beaufort Cottages - Rose Cottage ref: CC511449

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£291-£527
3 star rating
Sleeping a maximum of seven guests, this wonderful holiday property is a fantastic base for taking a Highland family holiday.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Beaufort Cottages - Stables Cottage ref: CC511450

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£328-£703
4 star rating
If you are looking to enjoy a wonderful holiday in Scotland in a tranquil location, then this is the place, located just a few miles away from Beauly.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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The Laird’s Wing ref: 29843

Brodie, near Forres, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£1821-£3079
4 star rating
This wing of Brodie Castle is a truly unique holiday property, furnished with antiques and access to the 175 acres of parkland.
  • Sleeps
    14
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    7
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Changeover
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The Boat House ref: W42272

Rosemarkie, near Inverness, Northern Highlands

£288-£732
3 star rating
The Boat House lies just 30 yards from the beach on the Moray Firth, with dolphins, otters, nestling ospreys and falcons all close by.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
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Ness Castle Estate - Benula Lodge ref: SYYM

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£845-£1631
4 star rating
At this holiday property, guests have access to a steam room and gym, perfect after a day exploring Inverness-shire.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Changeover
    SAT

Rowanlea Cottage ref: 29886

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£395-£974
3 star rating
From this delightful semi-detached bungalow, enjoy a peaceful stroll to the beach or harbour of the former fishing village of Nairn.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT