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 - Mercy Cottage ref: CC511448

Kiltarlity near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£402-£887

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3 star rating
Beaufort Cottages - Mercy Cottage
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Take a stroll around the 50 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds surrounding this property, located on the Beaufort Estate.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Redburn Steading ref: CC512034

Belivat, Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£356-£934

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4 star rating
Superbly presented stone barn conversion in the heart of the Highlands and close to many outdoor activities.
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    6
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Holly Cottage ref: W8304

Gorstan, near Garve, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£333-£782

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4 star rating
Close to local amenities and in a village setting, this is an ideal base for touring the highlands.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Drover’s Rest ref: 29199

Garve, near Strathpeffer, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£299-£663

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4 star rating
Enjoying breathtaking views, this detached former barn is a perfect romantic retreat for couples. Fishing available on site.
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Ardgarry ref: CC511365

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£1299-£1719

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3 star rating
Spacious stone house for 9 in 6 bedrooms situated in a central yet peaceful location in the heart of the Highland capital, Inverness
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    9
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Thistle Cottage ref: W41845

Cullicudden, Black Isle, Northern Highlands

£325-£855

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4 star rating
Surrounded by stunning views, this detached house is wonderfully placed to explore the northern Highlands. Outdoor activities within easy reach.
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    6
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Sunart ref: UK5211

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£689-£1255

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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.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Market Street ref: UK5245

Alness, near Invergordon, Northern Highlands

£325-£757

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4 star rating
This delightful, terraced cottage is nestled in the heart of a bustling Highlands town with all the amenities close by.
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    5
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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The Dell ref: 27212

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£529-£1167

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4 star rating
Walk along the Great Glen Way, visit Loch Ness or meander along the banks of the Caledonian Canal from this property.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    5
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The Anchor and Chain ref: UK5234

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

£899-£2063

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3 star rating
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.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    5
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Dove Cottage ref: UK5033

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£468-£831

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4 star rating
Offering a wood burner and beautifully presented accommodation, this former fisherman’s cottage lies a short walk from the beach, marina, shops and restaurants.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Burgie House ref: UKC1905

near Forres, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£3039-£4118

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A large exquisite holiday home, with a huge amount of space for all guests, providing a stunning retreat in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Sleeps
    23
  • Number of Pets
    4
  • Bedrooms
    12
  • Bathrooms
    10
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Aspen Chalet ref: W2111

Glenmoriston, by Loch Ness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£278-£577

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2 star rating
Ideally based for exploring the western Highlands, Aspen Chalet is perfect for walking, fishing and bird watching.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Culcharry Cottage ref: B5829

Cawdor, Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£326-£887

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4 star rating
This attractive and spacious holiday cottage is an ideal base from which to walk Nairn’s miles of sandy beaches.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Ness Castle Estate - Weir Cottage ref: SXXS

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£545-£1128

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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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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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