Where to stay around Loch Ness?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 506 holiday lettings near Loch Ness. From 234 Bungalows to 234 Cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Loch Ness is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Loch Ness?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Loch Ness. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Scottish Highlands: 4,736 holiday homes
  • Cairngorms National Park: 316 holiday homes
  • Fort Augustus: 250 holiday homes
  • Kingussie: 191 holiday homes
  • Newtonmore: 391 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Loch Ness! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Loch Ness?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Loch Ness with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Fort Augustus: 250 holiday lettings
  • Kingussie: 191 holiday lettings
  • Newtonmore: 391 holiday lettings
  • Drumnadrochit: 413 holiday lettings
  • Spean Bridge: 199 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Loch Ness?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Loch Ness. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cairngorms National Park: 316 holiday rentals
  • Inverness Castle: 368 holiday rentals
  • Original Loch Ness Monster Visitor Centre: 370 holiday rentals
  • Benedictine Abbey: 185 holiday rentals
  • Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre: 370 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Loch Ness listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Holidaymakers searching for holiday rentals in Loch Ness also enquired about holiday homes in Inverness, holiday homes in Drumnadrochit and apartments in Fort Augustus

Discover more than local legends with Loch Ness cottages

Loch Ness is known throughout the world as being the alleged home of the Loch Ness monster. Aside from the monster however, Loch Ness is also notable for containing more water by volume than any other Scottish Loch, although Loch Lomond has a larger surface area at 22 square miles. Thanks to the depth of the Loch, it is known to contain more fresh water than every other lake in England and Wales put together and every year tourists from around the globe descend upon Loch Ness in the hope of finding the mythical ‘Nessie’.

HomeAway has a variety of log cabins in Loch Ness which are suitable for visiting groups of all sizes. Larger groups are catered for with several properties being able to accommodate over 6 guests. Although many of the holiday cottages in Loch Ness appear traditional from the outside, modern conveniences are plentiful inside, making self-catering easy and functional. Fully equipped kitchens with laundry facilities and dishwashers are in good supply whilst satellite television and internet access are also widely available. In addition, the majority of the holiday cottages in Loch Ness also have gardens so that the beauty of the local landscape can be truly appreciated.

Although Loch Ness has many attractions and places of interest, Scotland on the whole has a great deal more to offer a visitor. The many apartments in Edinburgh are within easy reach of the city’s vibrant music scene, whilst self catering cottages and apartments in the Hebrides are the ideal setting for a tranquil walking holiday.

Things to do

Monster hunting: Although there have been no significant sightings of ‘Nessie’ for some years, this has not prevented the entire area from being a large tourist attraction. Boat trips and monster hunting walking parties are plentiful throughout the year, whilst many local museums and historians have their own exhibits and stories of encounters.

Fishing: Away from the monster herself, the Loch is home to a vast variety of freshwater fish, making it the perfect environment for angling. Local shops sell equipment and bait in plentiful supply whilst a lucky catch might include eel, pike, sturgeon, stickleback, minnow and salmon.

Scientific interest: The Loch lies on the Great Glen Fault and much of the local landscape and geology exists as the result of earth shifting. In addition, it is now used as part of the Foyers Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Scheme. The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition is dedicated to these, and other pieces of local scientific interest and as well as the various exhibitions, it has a tearoom, restaurant, shop and hotel.

Outdoor activities: Nobody visits Scotland to sit indoors and away from the Loch there are numerous activities to take part in. For hikers, there is plenty to see: Lochend and Fort Augustus both have historic lighthouses, which can be reached on foot, whilst the western shore of the Loch is home to Urquhart Castle. There are also numerous boating activities which take place on the Loch itself.


Loch Ness enjoys something of a micro climate and although Scotland might be typically cold, windy and rainy, Loch Ness is often more pleasant and mild than its surrounding areas. November, December and January are typically the coldest months with temperatures sometimes falling to 0.3°C, although 3°C is more likely. Within these winter months, it is not unheard of to have on average of 18 days of rain per month, and although snowfall is common, there is rarely enough to cause severe problems to visitors or local businesses. The summer months of June, July and August are the warmest with temperatures often hitting upwards of 16°C and within these months up to 12 days out of the month may have rain.


Holiday cottages in Loch Ness are extremely accessible by all means of transport. The A82 runs along the whole of the Loch and is the main road in and out of the area. The road starts in Inverness and visitors can simply follow it to reach the Loch and surrounding areas. Meanwhile, coach and bus tours to the area are plentiful throughout the year, and there are numerous train arrivals at either Inverness or Fort William. Alternatively, the area can be accessed by plane to Inverness Airport (INV), which is some 20 miles away.