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Inverness-shire

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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.
  • Hidden away on a remote peninsula on the "road to the Isles", Arisaig House is a delightful B&B. Awash with charm and character, the house features lovely rooms, beautiful grounds and excellent food. The B&B's biggest pull is its stunning positioning and welcoming home from home atmosphere.
  • Culloden House is a gorgeous estate set amidst 40 acres of grounds. This upmarket property offers stylish accommodation featuring plenty of antiques, and there's also a restaurant to boot. You'll be sure to come back feeling utterly rejuvenated.
  • 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?
  • Muckrach Country House Hotel offers spacious, classy accommodation filled with antiques and soft patterns. Enjoy local cuisine and spend evenings at the whisky bar after a day out exploring the countryside.
  • 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.

Still Not Sure?

Best Hotels in Inverness-shire

  • Glenmoriston Town House Hotel 30 rooms from £55

    Inverness

    With a picturesque positioning on the banks of the river Ness, Glenmoriston Town House Hotel is a stylish hotel. Featuring comfortable rooms, an excellent restaurant and an atmospheric piano bar, it's a great low cost option for staying in Inverness.

    Local exploring  -  Ideal launchpad for exploring Inverness.
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes walk from Inverness Castle. Only 5 miles to Culloden.
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  • The Lime Tree 9 rooms from £70

    Fort William

    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

    Kayaking  -  The coast offers a number of paddling areas to get up close to nature
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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  • Smiddy House 4 rooms from £75

    Fort William

    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.

    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
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  • Culdearn House 6 rooms from £90

    Morayshire, Inverness-shire

    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.

    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
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Cross at Kingussie 8 rooms from £110

    Kingussie, Inverness-shire

    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.

    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
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  • Arisaig House 10 rooms from £120

    nr Mallaig, Inverness-shire

    Victorian country house turned luxury b+b set amid 19 acres on the Road to the Isles

    Exclusive offer  -  Up to 15% off for group bookings
    Great walks  -  Walks to suit all from gentle strolls to strenuous hill climbs
    Views  -  Great views over to the Small Isles.
    House party feel  -  Great for parties!
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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  • The Grange 3 rooms from £130

    Fort William

    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.

    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
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  • Muckrach Country House Hotel 13 rooms from £209

    Inverness-shire

    A large country house set in the stunning Cairngorms National Park. Spacious rooms are traditionally styled with soft patterns, sink-into beds and antique furniture. The restaurant is a fantastic celebration of local produce and there's a whisky bar to settle into after a day in the Highlands.

    Country Escape  -  A country house set in the UKs largest national park, Cairngorm National Park.
    Great walks  -  There are numerous walking options; from the famous Speyside Way to gentle strolls around lochs.
    Fishing  -  The River Spey offers great salmon fishing from April until 30th September.
    Outstanding location
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  • Boath House 22 rooms from £260

    Nairn

    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.

    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
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Culloden House 28 rooms from £295

    Inverness (Balloch)

    Set amidst beautiful rolling grounds, Culloden House is a superb hotel on the Moray Firth. Each of the 28 rooms carries its own unique character with antique furnishings and tasteful artwork. Perfect for a relaxing weekend away.

    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Culloden Battlefield, the site of one of Scotland's most significant battles.
    Great walks  -  Set amidst 40 acres of private land that has beautiful walking trails.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Inverlochy Castle 17 rooms from £335

    Fort William

    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.

    Families  -  Plenty of kit for the kids indoors including games rooms, DVDs, playstation plus endless outdoor activities.
    Foodies  -  This fantastic restaurant has been awarded one Michelin Star and 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.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens, Relais & Chateaux
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