This 2-hour Loch Ness cruise departs from Dochgarroch Lock on the Caledonian Canal, sails down the loch to Urquhart Castle, and returns to…
Enjoy stunning views of Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands on a 1-hour boat cruise from Clansman Harbour to Urquhart Castle and back. Relax with a…
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Enjoy a full day tour and experience some of the most dramatic scenery the Scottish Highlands has to offer. Spend time at mysterious Glencoe and have…
Enjoy a full day tour & experience some of the most dramatic scenery the Scottish Highlands has to offer. Spend time at the mysterious Glencoe and…
If you've only got a day, but want to get to the heart Scotland's history and mystery, this tour is for you. It's the 'monster of all trips,'…
Breath in the fresh air of the mighty Loch Ness as your sail across the open waters. Hop ashore and explore the historic Urquhart Castle before…
Journey back in time on a voyage of discovery on a cruise of Loch Ness. Look for the legendary Loch Ness Monster and visit one of the most…
Scotland's Loch Ness Monster has been the center of myth and tall tales for 1500 years. Though the Highlands are spectacular to see, its famous loch continues to lure visitors in hopes of a chance encounter with this elusive creature of the deep.
Some say that Scottish lore about mythological creatures living in its waters, such as kelpies, selkies and "water horses," fuels the fire of a monster prowling Loch Ness.
The first encounter was in 565 AD, when St. Columba drove a water beast away with the power of his voice and prevented it from devouring one of his companions in the water.
Road work along the shore in 1933 seemed to rouse Nessie from the deep, and a year later a black-and-white photo revealed a slender neck and small head emerging above the surface.
Nessie's features ironically resemble a plesiosaurus, a sea reptile that looks like a lizard with flippers and lived in the early Jurassic period 200 million years ago.
Extensive use of technology has yet to find the mythical monster. Though if ever caught, ancient legend predicts a catastrophic end of the region--it's food for thought!
If you're renting a car, take the A82 highway to reach the visitors' center in Drumnadrochit, which is on the northwest shore of Loch Ness. If you're relying on bus service, there are daily departures from Inverness (30 minutes) and Fort Williams (1 1/2 hours).
The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit exhibits the history of the region and the hunt for Nessie. The biggest attraction is, of course, a one-hour cruise on Loch Ness, complete with sonar equipment and underwater cameras just in case. Apart from the monster-mania, Urquhart Castle is nearby and worth a visit. Though blown to bits in 1692 and left in ruins, it provides amazing views of Loch Ness from its elevated location.
Scotland's weather is variable. You could wake up to grey and rain, but then bask in sunshine by lunchtime. May and June are recommendable months to visit, as the weather is generally fine, and the days are long. Consider September, as well, when the crowds are less and fall is in the air.
- When should I visit?
- Hours will depend largely on your means of transportation. Tours of the loch will have limited times.
- Is it expensive?
- Prices vary by tour or mode of transportation, as well as the activities you plan to do there.
- Will I need a guide?
- It's not necessary, but for a short visit, a guide can point out the best locations to see.
- How to get there
- Loch Ness is reachable by car or bus, with many tours passing through from major cities.
- Additional information
- Be prepared for rain while visiting and pack accordingly! Pay attention to transportation times when planning your visit!
What people are saying about Loch Ness
I am not normally a fan of tours but this one was great, with a very interesting and entertaining commentary from the coach driver, and interesting history and local information commentary on the boat. There was heavy traffic in Inverness the day I booked, meaning that the bus arrived / left late and we missed our timed boat. We were given two options for how we wanted to do the tour (2 hour cruise, or cruise and visit the castle) and everyone’s choices were accommodated, we just arrived back in Inverness later than originally planned. We were also given complimentary snacks on the cruise because of the delay. The castle is beautiful and the cruise really worth doing as you find out more about Loch Ness.
Brian really made the tour very successful with his vast knowledge of historical and geological facts and he brought it all together with stories of his personal experiences which were very interesting. Brian was very prompt and courteous the ultimate professional. We would do this tour again if we were guaranteed that Brian was the tour guide. The overnight accommodations were very good. Since I am older, one wish for me would be to have a bus with a toilet. That seemed to be the general consensus of most of the people on the bus.
Amazing views of Glencoe even from the coach windows (big wide glass), just loved. Charlie was an experienced great guide, good voice with clear tone of voice, explains very well about history and geography of the area and at times very funny. I’ll take Charlie’s tour again, exactly the same (minus the food at the lunch break, it was poor and over priced) Thank you very much for the wonderful experience, Charlie!
Very good, the only thing is the distance from the Cruise ship. We were on princess cruise. From the cruise ship we had to get a taxi and the cost was $ 150 Pounds both ways, so if you are doing this tour from a cruise , add this cost. Still it was cheaper than any of the tours offered by princess cruise ship.
The driver Alan was excellent, funny, a mind of information very knowledgable, very flexible for photo stops and obviously loves his job. Gets involved with the passengers and makes you feel very welcome. Just a shame his team lost 7-0 on the day