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.

Eagle’s Nest ref: 18177

Glaick of Kessock, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£279-£696

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3 star rating
Eagle’s Nest
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With a large shared garden, this holiday property is ideal for exploring Inverness, which is just a few miles away.
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Bramble Cottage ref: UK5104

Ardendrain, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£323-£681

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3 star rating
This lovely detached cottage is in the hills above the pretty village of Kiltarlity, enjoying some lovely views to the front.
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Loch Ness Cottages - Rivendell Cottage ref: 26694

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£325-£818

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4 star rating
Bright apartment with lovely views over the countryside and an ideal base for exploring the highlands.
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Tsitika Holiday Apartment ref: W40637

Beauly, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£315-£554

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4 star rating
Enjoying stunning views from the balcony, across Strathglass, sits this bright and attractive holiday apartment.
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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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    3
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    3
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Second Fiddle ref: CC511373

Drumnadrochit, near Loch Ness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£0-£679

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3 star rating
Fantastic hideaway for couples situated in the centre of the pretty village of Drumnadrochit.
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Rowanlea Cottage ref: 29886

Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£388-£998

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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.
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    3
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Little Forest Cottage ref: 19471

Auchterawe, Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£309-£710

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3 star rating
This holiday property is located 2 miles away from Fort Augustus, which is situated on the edge of Loch Ness.
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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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    3
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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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    3
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    2
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Dalreach ref: 9337

Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£344-£878

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3 star rating
Dalreach, a bright renovated highland cottage, sits peacefully and secluded in the hills high above Drumnadrochi.
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    1
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    3
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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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    2
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The Antlers ref: 30837

Cawdor, near Nairn, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£679-£1136

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4 star rating
Boasting a cosy woodburner, this semi-detached property is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Just 13 miles from Inverness.
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    3
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Badgers Den ref: 30499

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£288-£568

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3 star rating
This cosy apartment is well suited for a romantic, outdoor rural escape in the Scottish Highlands.
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    2
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Woodbine Cottage ref: 15706

Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£319-£749

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4 star rating
Located on the southern tip of Loch Ness, this former 18th century English army camp is great for the nearby mountain and forest trails.
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