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.

Ardconnel Court Apartments - Apartment 6 ref: UK5750

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£711-£1893

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4 star rating
Ardconnel Court Apartments - Apartment 6
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Enjoy magnificent views from the balcony of this first floor apartment after a day spent exploring the Highlands, beaches and coastal villages.
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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The Old Lock House Apartments - Lock View ref: 23994

Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£293-£987

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3 star rating
Lock View makes the perfect base for enjoying the village amenities and also for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Vatersay Cottage ref: CC511469

Kytra Locks near Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£0-£860

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3 star rating
Overlooking the canal, this detached period property lies in a tranquil spot, but is also close to many family attractions.
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    5
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Badgers Den ref: 30499

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£249-£556

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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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    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Beaufort Cottages - The Larder ref: CC511452

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£349-£349

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3 star rating
Explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes from this property.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Beaufort Cottages - Checkers Cottage ref: CC511445

Kiltarlity, near Beauly, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£289-£540

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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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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Little Green Cottage ref: UK5450

Drumnadrochit, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£0-£0

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3 star rating
Nestled on the shores of Loch Ness, this cosy cottage is ideal for a spot of Nessie hunting or a boat trip for dolphin watching.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Wee Fraoch ref: UK5798

Drumnadrochit, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£282-£694

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3 star rating
Centrally located in Drumnadrochit, this cosy cottage is great for walking in the glens, sampling the local whisky or monster watching!
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Timaru ref: 30715

Rosemarkie, Northern Highlands

£371-£987

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3 star rating
From this property, visit the fishing villages along the Moray Coast, or take a trip to nearby Inverness and Loch Ness.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Glebe Cottage ref: UK5633

Urray, near Dingwall, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£387-£898

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4 star rating
Explore the Scottish Highlands with its romantic castles, magnificent mountain scenery, beautiful beaches, mysterious lochs and an abundance of outdoor activities.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Stag and Coo ref: UK5543

Dingwall, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£439-£938

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4 star rating
History lovers will find plenty of attractions close to this bungalow, including Culloden Battlefield, Fort George and Brodie Castle.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Farr From The Madding Crowd ref: UK5537

Farr, near Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£408-£670

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3 star rating
This is a great base for exploring the area, with historic sites, castles, whisky trails and boat trips all within an easy drive.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Urquhart Mill ref: CC511334

near Conon Bridge, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£966-£1293

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4 star rating
Spacious single storey detached house built on the site of an old historic mill 6 miles from Dingwall
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Ness Castle Estate - Red Squirrel Lodge ref: SYYB

Inverness, Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

£633-£1168

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5 star rating
Close to Inverness, this cottage is great for touring or enjoying golf and fishing whilst on holiday.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Craigellachie Cottage ref: W43088

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

£311-£829

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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
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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