Self-catering cottages near Loch Ness
Visiting Loch Ness
Staying in a holiday cottage near Loch Ness gives you an opportunity to explore much of the highlands. The River Ness flows through the heart of Inverness, converging with the start of the Caledonian Canal, constructed by Thomas Telford in the 19th century. This is a fantastic place to start a sailing holiday and you can rent cruisers from local marinas and sail down the Caledonian Canal. Passenger cruises operate in the summer and they are a very relaxing way to see the Scottish countryside and Loch Ness.
Culloden is east of Inverness and the site of the historic battle is cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, who have an excellent visitors' centre. The battlefield still has a haunted feel, with cairns marking the sites were clans fell. Cawdor Castle is nearby and is open to the public during the summer season - a fascinating place to visit and still the home of the Cawdor family. Nearby Fort George is the most unspoilt artillery fort in Europe - destroyed by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746, it was rebuilt shortly afterwards and was the home of the Seaforth Highlanders for generations of soldiers. Nairn is a seaside holiday town, which used to be known as Brighton of the North. It has fabulous sandy beaches along the Moray Firth, golf courses and plenty of sunshine!
The Great Glen starts at Loch Ness, famous throughout the world for Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Drumnadroichit, on the west side of the loch, has exhibitions and a centre devoted to the Loch Ness Monster. Whilst we can't guarantee a sighting of Nessie you will be able to find a choice of luxury holiday cottages near Loch Ness! Urquhart Castle is a popular touristattraction as is Fort Augustus, at the southern end of Loch Ness. Fort Augustus is a busy place in the summer and you can watch the boats coming through the canal locks. Visitors to Spean Bridge, on Loch Lochy, often come to admire the Commando Memorial and the magnificent views towards Lochaber and Ben Nevis. The Loch Ness area is a wonderful place to rent holiday accommodation and explore the Scottish highlands.