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.

Old Net Store ref: UK5305

Avoch, near Inverness, Northern Highlands

£380-£838

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This lovely property is situated on the edge of a fishing village on the Black Isle, and is in the perfect location for exploring the Scottish Highlands.
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Loch Ness Cottages - Bramble Lodge ref: 29508

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£345-£822

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This well-located ground floor lodge with views of Loch Ness provides a cosy touring base.
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Eldoret ref: UK5333

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£745-£1803

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Nestled in the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Highlands and yet only a few minutes away from Inverness and all its amenities.
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    7
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    4
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    3
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The Antlers ref: 30837

Cawdor, near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£679-£1084

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Boasting a cosy woodburner, this semi-detached property is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Just 13 miles from Inverness.
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    6
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    1
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    3
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    2
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Temple House West ref: 29156

Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£257-£557

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3 star rating
With wonderful views over Loch Ness, this holiday apartment is ideal for walkers, with the Great Glen Way being close by.
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    3
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    1
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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-£785

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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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Honey Bee Cottage ref: W42972

Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£355-£835

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3 star rating
Quaint, cosy cottage with lovely enclosed garden, ideal for sampling the water at Pump Room and Highland Museum of Childhood.
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    5
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    1
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    2
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    1
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Ard Garraidh ref: CC511167

Ardersier, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£509-£899

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Ard Garraidh is a delightful modern attached cottage set in an idyllic location yet only 15 minutes from Inverness. 
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    6
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    1
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    2
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Seashell Cottage ref: W41727

Fishertown, Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£284-£633

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This charming former fisherman’s cottage is set in the heart of Fishertown which forms part of the bustling town of Nairn.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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North Lodge Gate House ref: CC511401

Muir of Ord, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£394-£828

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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
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Boat House ref: W42272

Rosemarkie, near Inverness, Northern Highlands

£337-£704

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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.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Forest Lodge ref: 29276

Wester Lovat, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£369-£709

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4 star rating
Set in beautiful surroundings with a leafy woodland to the rear, visitors to this property can enjoy the ever-changing views.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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Waterfall Cottage ref: W43232

Mandally, near Invergarry, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£323-£703

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3 star rating
Waterfall Cottage enjoys a decked balcony to enjoy breakfast on and ensures a comfortable and relaxing holiday.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Eagle’s Nest ref: 18177

Glaick of Kessock, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£279-£668

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3 star rating
With a large shared garden, this holiday property is ideal for exploring Inverness, which is just a few miles away.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Sandy Beach ref: W43205

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£432-£1203

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Sandy Beach is close by to Nairn, the lovely seaside resort with stunning sandy beaches with Moray Firth dolphins.
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    8
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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