Self catering cottages, lodges and holiday homes for your Highland holiday
They feature many self catering holiday cottages and lodges to let in Inverness town and the whole length of Loch Ness down to Fort Augustus (pictured above). Full descriptions and excellent photos will help you choose from their great range of holiday homes, cabins and holiday lets to rent.See all cottages
Homeaway offer more than 300 self catering houses, cottages and lodges for rent in Inverness and around Loch Ness, from 1 plus beds to 6 plus beds. Filter by features like hot tub, allows dogs, fireplaces. There are properties in Beauly on offer, as well as cottages on Loch Ness itself, at Lochend, Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus and Invermoriston.View them all
A great selection of cottages in the Inverness and Loch Ness area, many with features like hot tubs, open fires, and fast wifi. Since this is the Highlands, you can also find isolated and romantic cottages for rent. If location is the most important consideration, you can view properties on their map.See them all
Attractions around Loch Ness
Welcome to Inverness—the Scottish Highlands capital. You may be in a city but you are surrounded by glorious countryside and air so fresh you can feel it detoxing your lungs as you breathe it in.
Scotland's Highlands have a varied and fascinating history, particularly during the 18th century when many of the clans joined with Bonnie Prince Charlie in a bid to remove the Hanovers from the British throne.
When the Jacobite army was wiped out at Culloden, this led to the widespread break-up of the clans and their way of life. It also resulted in mass emigration from this part of Scotland as people fled the punitive conditions voluntarily or on convict ships. Inverness and the surrounding area offer you plenty of experiences that will help you trace that history.
Culloden is a must-see on many people's list of things to do in the Inverness area, particularly if you can claim descent from one of the many clans who were defeated on the day of the battle (16 April 1746). On the site itself there are cairns to commemorate them all , listing how many died.
The National Trust maintains the battle field. There is a guided tour where you can see where the key moments of the battle took place, and you can enter the restored Leanach Cottage where Jacobite survivors took shelter after the battle. (It didn't end well for them…)
The visitor centre offers artefacts and interactive displays that tell the story from the Government and Jacobean perspectives, as well as offering an insight into what life was like as a red coat.
Fort George was built in response to Culloden to ensure a Highland uprising could never happen again. Named after the ruling king at the time (funnily enough), it's a wonderful example of an 18th century fortification at a time when how battles were fought was beginning to change.
The garrison buildings, artillery defences and collection of arms (bayoneted muskets, pikes and swords) convey what life was like at the time for those stationed there. The site is well signposted and facilities include a cafe.
As we're still on the theme of Bonnie Prince Charlie, why not follow in his footsteps while in the Inverness area and visit Skye? From Inverness, which is about three hours away, you can do one or two-day trips via different firms or make your own arrangements.
There is a ferry and the Skye bridge from nearby Kyle of Lochalsh, making Skye one of the most accessible Scottish islands. Attractions on the island include swimming in the Fairy Pools, walking up the Old Man of Storr, visiting Dunvegan Castle and having a meal in the award-winning Three Chimneys.
Love the Diana Gabaldon books and the Starz series? Why not visit some of the iconic locations that featured in the book? Days six and seven of the 12-day Outlander tour VisitScotland suggests on its website point out the destinations you might wish to check out in Inverness and nearby. They include Urquhart Castle and the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.
Urquhart Castle is one of Inverness's best-known attractions. Like many Scottish castles, its ownership passed back and forth between the Scots and the English as power struggles marked the Medieval period. After the Government garrisons left the castle post the Jacobite uprisings, they blew it up but enough of the structure remains to make it a very worthwhile visit.
The castle is open throughout the year but times vary according to the seasons.
Clava Cairns is a well-preserved Bronze Age Cemetery that dates back some 4,000 years. It was used in two time periods—around 2000BC and then a thousand years later. The light from the setting sun at midwinter illuminated the chambers and it's an impossible place to visit without feeling the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end (in a good way!).
Inverness is not a big city, and most attractions, shops, restaurants and pubs are within easy walking distance. Walk along the River Ness for the kind of scenery that makes you consider moving there. Inverness Castle in the city centre sits on the site of a former 12th century fortress and offers incredible views.
A trip to Inverness would not be complete without an attempt to see Nessie, the mythical monster said to dwell in Loch Ness. The loch itself is one of the largest and deepest expanses of water in the UK; hence the legend that a leftover from prehistoric times survives there. You can op for a day cruise or an evening one and enjoy spectacular scenery while you search those deep waters for Nessie…
If you want to know more about the history of the world's most famous loch, the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition is your next port of call post a boat trip. The centre will tell you all about the loch's past from the Ice Age to the present day, and explain the circumstances that led to the belief that a monster lurks in the water's depths.
Nowadays, Inverness is a cosmopolitan city and that is reflected in the food and drink on offer. You can choose from Indian, Chinese, Spanish, pizza and even traditional Scots cuisine! La Tortilla Spanish Restaurant is very popular with locals and visitors alike. If there is a big group of you, why not choose the giant paella? And the venue specialises in gin, including varieties produced in the many small distilleries that have sprung up in recent years.
The Black Isle Bar and Rooms in the city centre offers a wide selection of organic craft beers, wines and whiskies and the food menu includes wood-fired oven pizzas made from ingredients that come from the brewery farm.