Discover the Best Holiday Cottages Around Loch Ness, Inverness, Nairn, and the Black Isle

Updated June ’24

Explore the enchanting landscapes around Loch Ness, Inverness, Nairn, and the Black Isle. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, this guide will help you find the perfect holiday cottage for an unforgettable Scottish getaway. From historic ruins to breathtaking nature reserves, there’s something for everyone in this stunning region.

Explore Drumnadrochit, Glenurquhart, Strathglass & Beauly

  • Urquhart Castle: Discover the ruins of this 13th-century castle and delve into its rich history.
  • Drumnadrochit Village: Stroll through the charming village green, explore traditional shops, and visit the official Loch Ness Monster Exhibition. Try your luck spotting ‘Nessie’ on a guided boat tour.
  • Nature and Wildlife: Visit the RSPB reserve at Corrimony for a chance to see black grouse, crested tits, and Scottish crossbills. Explore the scenic glens of Strathglass, including Glen Strathfarrar, Glen Cannich, and Glen Affric, with their stunning mountain scenery and ancient forests.
  • Local Attractions: Don’t miss Plodda Falls, Reelig Glen, and the traditional shops and 13th-century priory ruins in Beauly. Art lovers will enjoy the Kilmorak Gallery, while wine enthusiasts can visit Moniack Winery and Glen Ord Distillery.

Discover Inverness, Nairn & The Black Isle

  • Inverness: Shop at the Victorian Market Arcade and modern Eastgate Centre. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants, visit the Museum and Art Gallery, or take a leisurely walk along the Caledonian Canal or River Ness.
  • Nairn: Explore the Victorian seaside resort, watch for dolphins from the harbour, or play a round at the championship Nairn Golf Club. Visit local attractions like the Nairn Museum, Culbin Forest, and the RSPB nature reserve at Culbin shoreline. History buffs can explore Fort George and Cawdor Castle.
  • The Black Isle: This peninsula offers fertile farmland, forested hills, and sandy beaches. Spot bottlenose dolphins at Chanonry Point, visit the Udale Bay Nature Reserve, and explore the traditional shops and tearooms in Cromarty. Golfers can enjoy the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club.

Uncover Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

Fort Augustus

  • Location and Accessibility: Fort Augustus is conveniently located 32 miles south of Inverness and 32 miles north of Fort William, with excellent road, rail, and air links.
  • Village Charm: This picturesque village, situated at the southern tip of Loch Ness, is perfect for a relaxing holiday. Enjoy browsing the local shops, exploring heritage centres, and dining at cozy eating establishments.
  • Caledonian Canal: Watch boats navigate the impressive Caledonian Canal, designed by Thomas Telford. This 60-mile-long canal connects Fort William to Inverness, passing through scenic lochs such as Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness, and Loch Dochfour.

Activities and Attractions

  • Great Glen Way: Fort Augustus is a key point on the Great Glen Way. Whether you choose to explore sections of this long-distance walk or complete the entire 73-mile route from Fort William to Inverness, you’ll experience breathtaking views and varied landscapes.
  • Invermoriston: Just eight miles north of Fort Augustus, this village, named after the “river of waterfalls” (Moriston in Gaelic), offers dramatic waterfalls, the historic Old Bridge built by Thomas Telford in 1813, St. Columbus Well, and the stunning Glen Moriston gorge.

South Loch Ness: A Peaceful Retreat

  • Villages to Explore: Discover the tranquil villages of Whitebridge, Foyers, Gorthleck, Inverfarigaig, Croachy, Farr, and Dores. Each offers unique local wildlife and scenic beauty.
  • Nature and Wildlife: At Foyers, marvel at the stunning 100-foot waterfall and enjoy forest walks at Inverfarigaig. The RSPB reserve at Loch Ruthven is famous for its Slavonian Grebe.
  • Scenic Trails: Venture along the Trail of the Seven Lochs, a 50-mile loop with diverse terrain for both walkers and riders. The South Loch Ness Trail, a 28-mile route, is perfect for walking or cycling enthusiasts.

The Wild Side of Loch Ness

  • Natural Beauty: South Loch Ness, often described as the Inverness “Lake District,” boasts sparkling lochs and heather-clad hills, stretching from Fort Augustus to Dores and eastwards to Daviot. This naturally beautiful and undiscovered area of Scotland offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle.
  • Accommodation: Experience the magic of South Loch Ness by staying in one of our charming holiday cottages. Each offers a perfect base to explore the stunning landscapes and local attractions.

Plan Your Visit

Book your stay at one of our carefully selected holiday cottages and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Fort Augustus and South Loch Ness. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, this region offers something for everyone.

Time to Experience Loch Ness

Whether you’re captivated by historic castles, enchanted by wildlife, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, the Loch Ness region has something to offer. Book your stay at one of our charming holiday cottages and experience the magic of Scotland’s Highlands for yourself.