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From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Day Tour

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Day Tour

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours
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From US$ 59.78 per person

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Spend a day hunting for Nessie, cruising on Loch Ness, and exploring the village of Fort Augustus on this trip from Inverness. Visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, Foyers falls, and Dores Beach.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Hunt for Nessie on beautiful Loch Ness
  • Explore the picturesque village of Fort Augustus
  • Admire the spectacular ruins of Urquhart Castle
  • Stop at the majestic Falls of Foyers - a 165ft waterfall loved by Robert Burns
  • Wander the sandy shoreline of Dores Beach on the banks of the loch
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Try to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster on this day trip from Inverness. Board an airconditioned coach and travel to iconic Highlands locations like Fort Augustus, the Caledonian Canal, and Invermoriston.

Leave Inverness in the morning and follow the beautiful Caledonian Canal to its source at Loch Ness. The loch is home to the famous Loch Ness monster, affectionately known as Nessie.

You'll spend most of the morning at Loch Ness, allowing plenty of time to look for Nessie. Choose to take a 5-star cruise across the loch to Urquhart Castle. If you’d rather see the loch from the shore, then stay on board the bus and your driver will take you to Urquhart Castle.

Explore the ruins of the castle, enjoy the visitor center, and soak up the atmosphere of Scotland’s most famous Loch. Your tour continues to Invermoriston, where you'll pause to take photos of the bridge and Columbus Well. Afterwards, journey to Fort Augustus, the furthermost point of your full-day Highlands tour.

Fort Augustus is a small town of only 650 people and a perfect spot to watch boats passing through the Caledonian Canal while you enjoy your lunch. After lunch you'll begin the journey back to Inverness, stopping at the Falls of Foyers. The waterfall was a favorite retreat for poet Rabbie Burns, and is truly breathtaking.

Enjoy plenty of time here to appreciate the landscape before continuing on to Dores to see Dores Beach. Spend a short while wandering the sandy shoreline before boarding the bus for the final time and returning to Inverness.

  • Travel on a modern, comfortable coach
  • Live commentary from your expert driver-guide
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entry to attractions
  • Loch Ness cruise
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Stand 6, Inverness Bus Station to begin your tour. You can download a copy of your tour itinerary in your language here:

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • This tour operates in all weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 118 reviews

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Great trip! Gillian took the whole day for us and we drove once around Loch Ness (west side down, east side up again). Everything was right: the weather was dry, in the end it was sunny, the group was small and nice, the stories that Gilian was able to tell were super entertaining and we laughed a lot. A highlight of our 2 week vacation!

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July 26, 2022

I really enjoyed this tour - our guide (Gillian) was informative and shared a lot of general knowledge and Scottish history along the journey. Gillian was also great in stopping along the way for some photo opportunities. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who would like to see the beautiful scenery of Inverness and the Loch Ness.

July 6, 2022

the trip is an easy and short one. the guides were welcoming too and the weather was great. the trip went well but I would suggest taking more photo stops on the go as there is ample time on the trip. making the Cruise option available would have been great. our trip only had 6 of us and it appeared to me that the cruise option was not shown as feasible as such so most of us ended up not taking it but it would have been great if we were able to actually take it and time the trip accordingly.

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May 10, 2022

Product ID: 190035