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Fairy Hill Retreat. One bed annexed croft
Entire guest house · 2 guests · 0 beds · 1.5 bathrooms

Fairy Hill Retreat. One bed annexed croftRelax at this unique and tranquil getaway. Private and secluded accommodation with all the home comforts you require, providing the perfect base to explore the Highlands. Stunning views over Glen Urquhart towards the mountains of Glen Affric in the distance, only 5 miles from Loch Ness.

Owl Cottage, dog-friendly 2-bed near Loch Ness
Entire cottage · 4 guests · 3 beds · 1 bathroom

Owl Cottage, dog-friendly 2-bed near Loch NessGet away from it all in a traditional stone cottage in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Owl Cottage sits in beautiful countryside close to Loch Ness, the Great Glen Way and Ben Nevis, with Fort William and Inverness an easy car journey away. Dogs are very welcome here, with dog-friendly bedspreads and furniture. A super-king bed and bunk beds give plenty of space to relax and the cosy living room features a log-burner. Secure bike storage available in the lockable shed.

Luxury Croft overlooking Loch Ness & Urquhart Bay
Entire cottage · 3 guests · 2 beds · 1 bathroom

Luxury Croft overlooking Loch Ness & Urquhart BayUrquhart Bay Croft is a brand new luxury self-catered renovation with beautiful views across Loch Ness and Glen Urquhart. Downstairs it has a double height entrance hallway, one king-size bedroom, and separate family bathroom, while upstairs it boasts a fully equipped open plan kitchen/dining area, lounge with comfy sofa and free standing log burner, and double doors opening to decked area and the wider south facing garden.

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Popular amenities for Loch Ness holiday rentals

  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

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Cherrybank - new cottage - Loch Ness
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Scaniport
Cullaird Cottage near Loch Ness (Pet friendly)
  1. Private room
  2. Gorthleck
The Wee Haven - A place to relax, reflect, unwind
  1. Entire bungalow
  2. Drumnadrochit
River Cottage
  1. Tiny house
  2. Fort Augustus
Cosy Cabin with Hot tub, River & Mountain views
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Fort Augustus
Briar Bank - a Scottish Highland cottage getaway
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Drumnadrochit
Oakwood Hide,Drumnadrochit, Highland studio Cabin.
  1. Private room
  2. Drumnadrochit
Double Bedroom with en suite bathrm, nr Loch Ness
  1. Tiny house
  2. Drumnadrochit
Loch Ness Hideaway
  1. Entire guest house
  2. Inverness
LODGE ON LOCH NESS - spectacular view of Loch Ness
  1. Entire place
  2. Beauly
Idyllic rural self contained pod with patio
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Highland
Squirrels Leap

Top-rated things to do in Loch Ness

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  • Celtic handfasting ceremony
    In a beautiful and secret location near Loch Ness with celtic rings and altar where dressed in traditional Scottish dress I will explain this full celtic ritual of handfasting. After the traditional gaelic introduction the rest of the ceremony will be in english and I will join your hands together and you will repeat the old vows of binding from long ago. You will be offered the chance to recite your own vows after this if you wish. After the ceremony you can relax with your loved one and a romantic and decadent Scottish gourmet picnic and drinks complete with fire, rugs, blankets, crockery etc. Other things to note This is not a legally binding ceremony and available for lovers, married couples, same sex and mixed sex couples alike.
    From Price:£75/person
  • Scenic Bike Tour of Inverness
    We ride along the River Ness. We will see the oldest trees and the non native trees grow on the Ness islands. We stop briefly at Inverness Botanical Gardens a hidden gem prior to arriving onto the world famous Caledonian Canal before stopping at the bridges and learning about the stairway locks, leaving the Canal we go through the only Nature Reserve in the Highlands the Merkinch Nature Reserve, riding along the reserve sea wall we have the chance of seeing the most northerly pod of Bottlenose Dolphins. Joining the River Ness again heading upstream towards Inverness finishing with views of the city skyline and oldest churches in Inverness before returning to the City. Other things to note This is a adults only tour, 13 years and above. Guests must be able to cycle a bike. The tour is on the flat so not to energetic. Height restrictions are 4 foot 9 and above. We meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to fit the bike and helmet to your comfort.
    From Price:£25/person
  • Hug a Hairy
    We will meet you at the gate and introduce you to young animals who are being trained for showing and becoming accustomed to interaction with humans. You will become a part of that process as you are introduced to the individual animal, taught the best method to approach and reassure and then to comb and caress. Once you have gained the confidence of the animal you will be shown how to lead with sensitivity but authority (a quality we have been taught to distrust in our culture). When you have earned the trust of the animal, you are invited to show your affection by leaning over its back to share moments of heart to heart warmth. Weather permitting we will then find some adult animals, giving you a chance to stretch your legs and see a bit more of the farm and the beautiful landscape. You will then apply some of the approach skills that you have learned with the young ones. The Experience of making close contact with this charismatic breed of animals will remain with you for a long time, and also equip you with entry-level understanding of how to establish an understanding with another species.
    From Price:£28/person
  • Sunrise at a Magical Location
    Ths is a chance to experience a sunrise high up at the monument known as Cnoc Fyrish above the Cromarty Firth. Its a very early start as we need to drive out to the area and climb to the top for the sunrise - but it will all be worth it! At the monument I will help in you getting the best from your camera and ensure you take some super sunrise shots, we'l then have a picnic of shortbread and coffee. The walk is around 2.5 hours there and back with time at the top it's normally 3 hours covering around 4km with a challanging 300m ascent. But we take it at your pace and with incredible views the whole way, we stop for plenty of photos as we catch our breath on the way up! You do need to be prepared for windy and chilly weather, even in summer and it may mean that our picnic is a speedy one, or we have it lower down the hill once we have seen the sunrise. In the case of rain we may not be able to see a sunrise, but the tour will still go ahead. Other things to note Guests need to have a moderate level of fitness and the ability to walk a hilly 5 miles. Please ONLY consider this tour if your health allows for this kind of activity.
    From Price:£45/person
  • Stories of Inverness - City Walking Tour
    In this AirBnB Experience you will get to know Inverness in a new light. We will meet at Falcon Square, right in the centre of the city and will jump straight into two hours of stories of the Highlands. The tour will include all the information you might expect from a classic walking tour and just so much more. Story-telling has always been important for communities, we already see evidence of that in the iron ages. You might have heard of Inverness' connection to Shakespeare's Macbeth, however, there are so many more stories that need telling. From Falcon Square onwards it will be short walks from one Inverness sight to the next, in between which I will tell you where the name Inverness originates from, teach you a couple of words of Gaelic and tell the stories worth telling. The tour is constructed in a way that there will be no long and silent walks. Instead we will stop every couple of minutes at places that are either a must-see or just a personal favourite of mine. You will fall in love with the Victorian Market dog, see Macbeth in a new light and be surprised by the prophecies of the Brahan Seer. We will end at Falcon Square from where I can show you to great places for a dram of Whisky, or some lunch or afternoon tea (price for food not included in tour). I can't wait to meet you! Message me if you would like another time or to take the tour in German.
    From Price:£20/person

Your guide to Loch Ness

Welcome to Loch Ness

There are many reasons Loch Ness is the most famous of all Scottish lochs, and none of them have to do with rumours of a monster lurking in its waters. For one, there’s its extraordinary length and depth: 23 miles end to end, and as much water held within it as all of the lakes in England and Wales combined. Then there’s the fact that it’s surrounded by a living tableau of Highland scenery, from the forests of Farigaig and Abriachan to the plunging waters of Divach Falls, and the summit of Meall Fuar-mhonaidh to the pretty villages of Dores and Drumnadrochit. Lastly, there’s the matter of its accessibility. Not only is Loch Ness easy to reach from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, but it’s girded all about with wonderful trails and cycle routes, thanks to the completion of an 80-mile loop connecting the Great Glen Way on its western shore with the South Loch Ness Trail to its east.

How do I get around Loch Ness?

Inverness Airport (INV) is only 21 miles from Loch Ness, a 30-minute drive to the north; it has flights from a number of UK cities, including good connections from the major international airports in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London. It takes 20 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre by bus, and another half-hour bus journey will get you from the city to the shores of the loch. The bus network provides public transport to all destinations around Loch Ness, and thanks to the Loch Ness 360° Trail loop, it’s easy to get about on foot or by bike (available to hire in Inverness). Boat trips and cruises are available from a number of locations and departure points, while it’s also easy to circumnavigate the loch by car.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Loch Ness?

The summer months are both the warmest and the busiest times to visit Loch Ness; Scottish summers are rarely hot, but June to August offer pleasant temperatures and the best chances of dry, sunny days. (The notorious Scottish midges aren’t such a problem in this area, either.) July draws thousands for the Inverness Highland Games, which have been held here since 1822. Another famous local event is the much-loved Loch Ness Marathon, which takes place in October as part of the region’s Festival of Running and draws participants from all over the world. In spring and autumn the shores are less busy but no less beautiful. For a wilder experience of the loch, come in winter, when you can witness its natural splendour without the crowds — just don’t forget to wrap up warm, as it can be quite chilly.

What are the top things to do in Loch Ness?


This tiny hamlet halfway along the eastern shore of Loch Ness packs a lot of history, from its 18th-century bridge and 19th-century pier to the Iron Age hillfort of Dun Deardail that looks down from the rocks above it. A mile to the south is the Boleskine Burial Ground, while a little further along the road you’ll find the Falls of Foyers, plunging 140 feet into a spectacular gorge.

Urquhart Castle

The medieval stone walls standing proudly upon a promontory on the loch’s western shore are more than just romantic ruins. This 1,000-year-old former fortress was one of Scotland’s largest castles and an important player in the wars for Scottish independence before it was blown up in the 17th century to prevent it being used by the Jacobites.

Fort Augustus

This charming little village sits at the foot of Loch Ness, where it meets the northern end of the 60-mile Caledonian Canal that runs up from Fort William. Boats pass leisurely through its series of locks, and you can discover more about the canal’s 200-year history at the visitor centre.

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