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About Inverness-shire

Home to some of the Highlands' most iconic spots, Inverness-shire is the largest county in Scotland. From the romance of Loch Ness to the wild beauty of Uist and Harris, Inverness-shire is full of amazing places to explore. Made for a road trip, the county encompasses so much of what makes the Scottish Highlands such a magical place to visit: glorious landscapes, picturesque castles and charming hospitality. Our selection of the best places to stay in Inverness-shire are as varied as the county, ranging from heritage houses to delightful B&Bs.

What Not To Miss:

  • Drive along the stunning North Coast 500 route and take in the magnificent natural scenery all around. Truly breathtaking!
  • If you're interested in military history then be sure to pass by Fort George's Highlanders' Museum, Scotland's biggest regimental museum outside Edinburgh and home to over 20,000 artefacts.
  • Visit the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre and learn all about the skilled process involved in making Scotland's national dress.
  • Take a tour of the Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre and enjoy a dram or two afterwards!
  • It would be foolish to visit the region without taking in arguably its most famous feature: Loch Ness.
  • If you have the time, try to get out to the Hebridean islands of Harris, North Uist and South Uist. They're home to mesmerising landscapes and fascinating archeaological sites.

Given that it's one of the biggest counties in the UK, our selection of the best places to stay in Inverness-shire are very well spread out. Therefore it's possible to plan your trip to stay in a couple of them across the region.

The best places to stay in Inverness-shire

For Inverness Itself

  • Set in a smart townhouse, Rocpool Reserve provides chic contemporary accommodation overlooking the river. You'll love meals served up at their award-winning restaurant!
  • Glenmoriston Town House Hotel is a stylish base for exploring the city. With smart rooms from just £55 per night and a great restaurant, it's a top option.

For A Country Escape

  • The Dower House is a charming 4-room hideaway located in the midst of Inverness-shire's countryside. Come back after a day out hiking to enjoy splendid meals.
  • For something more upmarket, consider staying at Loch Ness Lodge. Offering classically elegant rooms featuring plenty of antiques, it also boasts an enviable location overlooking the Loch.
  • Boath House, set in an impressive Georgian property, is a charming country retreat: complete with four-posters, opulent bathrooms, a spa and glorious grounds. A dreamy spot!

For Fort William

  • Four-room Smiddy House, located just 11 miles from Fort William, is a comfortable stay with traditionally Scottish accommodation.
  • The Lime Tree is a stylish stay with an in-house art gallery and an award-winning restaurant serving up local fare.
  • The Grange is a smart three-room Victorian townhouse boasting sublime views of Loch Linnhe and inviting accommodation.

For a Magnificent Castle

  • Sublimely located at the foot of Ben Nevis, Inverlochy Castle is an unforgettable place. Picturesquely perched overlooking a loch, the hotel features elegant rooms with period furnishings and an atmospheric bar. However, the hotel's real highlight is its superb Michelin starred restaurant.

For the Cairngorms National Park

  • Culdearn House, located on the edge of the National Park, boasts six stylish rooms and an award-winning restaurant. What more could you ask for?
  • The Cross at Kingussie is a cosy old tweed mill serving up lovely grub in a comfortable environment.

For An Apartment Or Holiday Home

  • If you think you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • For the best weather visit Inverness-shire in the summer, with the average daily temperature reaching 14°C in July. That said, it's always susceptible to the occasional rain shower so be sure to remember your jacket!
  • Visitors can fly into Inverness Airport, well served by public transport links to the city itself and the surrounding area.
  • Given the remote location of many of the best places to stay in Inverness-shire, you might need to hire a car to reach your final destination. For prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Inverness-shire

  • The Lime Tree Fort William 9 rooms from £70

    Kayaking  -  The coast offers a number of paddling areas to get up close to nature
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendly

    This stylish hotel is situated in the heart of the North West Highlands. Being the 'outdoor capital of the UK' there are a plethora of activities on offer. The in-house gallery has contemporary art on show and the award winning restaurant serves seasonal, locally sourced food. A great country escape See More

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  • Smiddy House Spean Bridge 4 rooms from £75

    Great walks  -  Fort William is at the base of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis and is also the gateway to walks in the picturesque Glen Nevis
    Fishing  -  The surrounding areas offer excellent wild brown trout, northern pike lochs and wild Atlantic salmon rivers
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.

    Set in the quiet village of Spean Bridge just 11 miles from Fort William and close to Loch Lochy. The four rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated in a Scottish highland style. The restaurant serves up locally produced fare and the garden room offers the perfect spot for a quiet drink. See More

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  • Culdearn House Morayshire, Inverness-shire 6 rooms from £90

    Country Escape  -  A charming country house in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.
    Birdwatching  -  Spot birds from the RSPB Loch Garten osprey observation hide at the Rothiemurchus Estate.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore historic castles in the surrounding region.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 10 are welcomed
    RestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide

    A smart country house situated in a picturesque spot in the Highlands. Six individually styled rooms are bright and airy with sash windows, high ceilings and antique furniture. An award winning restaurant serves regional dishes. A cosy spot to explore this scenic corner of Britain. See More

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  • The Cross at Kingussie Kingussie, Inverness-shire 8 rooms from £110

    Great walks  -  An abundance of local walking routes, from low level strolls to strenuous mountain hikes are in striking distance of the hotel
    Back to Nature  -  The surrounding area offers mountains, forests, clear rivers and lochs, moorlands and a haven for a huge amount of wildlife
    Fishing  -  Right on the hotel's doorstep is the River Spey known as one of the finest salmon rivers
    Hideaway  -  A cosy hotel and restaurant hidden away in the midst of Scotland's wilderness
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    A cosy haven nestled in the depths of the Scottish wilderness. The old tweed mill has been lovingly renovated to offer comfortable rooms overlooking the beautiful countryside. A characterful restaurant prides itself on its affordable fine dining. The perfect country escape. See More

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  • Glenmoriston Town House Hotel Inverness 32 rooms from £120

    Local exploring  -  Ideal launchpad for exploring Inverness.
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from Inverness Castle. Only 5 miles to Culloden.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.

    A luxury boutique hotel overlooking the River Ness, located within walking distance from Inverness city centre. Offering comfortable rooms, an award-winning restaurant and Whisky and Piano bar, it’s a great spot for city-breakers, families, and business travellers. See More

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  • The Grange, Fort William Fort William 3 rooms from £130

    Views  -  Stunning views over Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Hills
    Great walks  -  Plenty of Munros around or even attempt Ben Nevis
    Sights nearby  -  Just outside Fort William in the heart of Glencoe
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only establishment
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Victorian townhouse turned luxury guesthouse on the western edge of Fort William. Stunning views over Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Mountains and more activities in the area than you can possibly imagine. Traditional yet stylish bedrooms with sumptuous bathrooms and views to die for. See More

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  • The Inch Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire 18 rooms from £150

    Families  -  Well suited with plenty of space for little ones to run around, a laidback atmosphere, and family suites
    Back to Nature  -  Set in a secluded location right on Loch Ness, this is an idyllic escape to nature
    Great walks  -  There are a wealth of stunning walks that start right outside the frontdoor
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves Scottish classics with views of the Loch Ness
    RestaurantPet friendlyParking

    An elegant country house hotel located right on Loch Ness. Simply styled rooms feature tartan fabrics, contemporary furniture, and lovely views. Scottish classics are served in the cosy restaurant and the bar has a good range of whiskies. A laidback stay, ideal as a base for exploring the region. See More

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  • Loch Ness Lodge Inverness (Loch Ness-side) 7 rooms from £175

    Active Holiday  -  Active guests can try their hand at deer stalking, archery, quad biking, shooting, 4x4 off-road driving and husky sledding.
    Country Escape  -  A spectacular part of rural Scotland with dramatic views over across the water to a string of craggy mountains beyond.
    Kayaking  -  Book a two hour kayak trip to explore the lake from the hotel's private stretch of Loch Ness shoreline.
    Fishing  -  Anglers can book a fishing trip through the lodge, to catch trout and salmon further along the shores.
    SpaRestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide

    An elegant and intimate hotel in the heart of the Scottish Highlands overlooking the beautiful Loch Ness. Wonderfully warm service. Elegant rooms with antique furniture. Hearty breakfasts designed for a day outdoors. The perfect rural abode. See More

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  • Killiehuntly Kingussie, Inverness-shire 6 rooms from £240

    Active Holiday  -  With such beautiful surrounds, this is a place to come and be in the outdoors whether it be hiking, biking, fishing, or swimming
    Families  -  The self-catering cottages make a great choice for families where kids can run wild!
    Back to Nature  -  Set within the Cairngorm National Park, this is a true escape-to-nature
    Great walks  -  There is an enormous network of beautiful walking trails whether you want a gentle amble or something a little more challenging

    A luxury farmhouse hotel with the option of self-catering cottages set within Cairngorms National Park. A complete refurb means that interiors are impossibly chic with a distinct scandi-style. Chefs whip up excellent Scottish fare served on a communal table. A reinvention of a wild Scottish getaway. See More

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  • Boath House Nairn 22 rooms from £260

    Sailing  -  Keen sailors might wish to visit Ness and Moray Yacht Charters
    Sights nearby  -  The Inverness Harbour is well worth a visit
    Restrictions on children  -  This hotel does not accommodate children
    Full of character
    SpaRestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    This Georgian house once found itself on the "endangered' list. Now restored to its former glory by current owners, rooms decorated with original artworks, antiques and four poster beds. There is a Spa, manicured gardens and a very popular restaurant. Activities are arranged on guest preferences. See More

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  • Foyers Lodge Foyers, Inverness-shire 6 rooms from £283

    Romantic Break  -  Serene yet sexy rooms with rolltop baths & loch views will appeal to those looking to rest, recharge & reconnect with partners
    Active Holiday  -  A great base for endless outdoor activities; the area offers riding, kayaking, golfing, walking, climbing, cycling & fishing
    Back to Nature  -  A quiet & peaceful rural paradise; spend relaxing days soaking in the surrounding scenery
    Views  -  Views over Loch Ness - from rooms, living areas, garden & terrace - are unparalled
    RestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    Beautifully restored 19th-century hunting lodge with a stunning Loch Ness-facing setting. Set within manicured gardens, amazing views compete with magazine-worthy interiors; bold tones combine with traditional Scottish country house furnishings to spectacular effect. Grown-up owner-run boutique gem. See More

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  • Inverlochy Castle Fort William 17 rooms from £335

    Families  -  Plenty of kit for the kids indoors including games rooms, DVDs, playstation plus endless outdoor activities.
    Foodies  -  This fantastic restaurant has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes- utterly delicious!
    Fishing  -  Fishing in Loch Na Marag in the Castle grounds or salmon and trout fishing further afield.
    Great walks  -  Stunning scenery to be explored starting straight from the property.
    RestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    Elegance, romance and old-school service in sublime surroundings at the foot of Ben Nevis. Imposing rooms with heavy curtains, chintz wallpaper, antique paintings and four poster beds. The bathrooms are the height of modernity. A multi award winning restaurant. The perfect country getaway. See More

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