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.

Beaufort Cottages - Dairy Cottage ref: CC511444

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£289-£564

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3 star rating
Beaufort Cottages - Dairy Cottage
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Located in the magnificent Beaufort Estate, this property is the ideal base to explore the Scottish Highlands.
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Beaufort Cottages - Checkers Cottage ref: CC511445

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£319-£530

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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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Ivy Cottage ref: SD40

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

£269-£736

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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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Ness Castle Estate - Weir Cottage ref: SXXS

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£633-£1173

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5 star rating
Nestling against a wooded backdrop, this cottage is on one level and is only minutes from the centre of Inverness.
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Ladybird Cottage ref: 29327

Scaniport, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£681-£1450

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5 star rating
This property enjoys a peaceful, wooded setting on the outskirts of Inverness, just 4 miles away from Loch Ness.
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    3
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Lum Hat House ref: W41726

Shoremill, near Cromarty, Northern Highlands

£322-£675

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3 star rating
Relax and unwind with beautiful views and a stunning setting. Fantastic to do as much or as little as you like.
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Hillview House ref: W43312

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

£643-£1528

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4 star rating
Hillview House boasts spectacular panoramic views over the waters of Moray Firth and the Highland capital city of Inverness.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Squirrel Cottage ref: CC511428

Strone, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£436-£877

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3 star rating
Squirrel Cottage has lovely views towards Loch Ness and the hills beyond, there is also the Urquhart Castle nearby.
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    3
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Kirk House ref: UKC2446

Garve, near Dingwall, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£632-£1642

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4 star rating
This beautifully restored church lies amidst rolling hills and lush countryside in the stunning northern Highlands of Scotland.
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    6
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    3
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Eagle’s Nest ref: 18177

Glaick of Kessock, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£249-£696

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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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Balnacraig ref: UK5668

Craigton, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£1264-£2824

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4 star rating
Enjoy panoramic views over the Moray Firth or simply relax in the hot tub after a busy day exploring this amazing location.
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    10
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Waterfall Cottage ref: W43232

Mandally, near Invergarry, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£339-£867

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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
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    2
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Eldoret ref: UK5333

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£858-£1885

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4 star rating
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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    6
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    4
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    3
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Tigh-na-Abhain ref: W41506

Glenmoriston, near Invermoriston, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£305-£753

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4 star rating
This detached bungalow enjoys wonderful open views of the wooded hills of this peaceful glen, in the heart of Glenmoriston.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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The Sea Lodge ref: UK5032

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

£599-£881

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3 star rating
The Sea Lodge is fittingly named; a homely residence just yards from the beach and the sea.
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