Water activity

From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

Activity provider: Loch Ness by Jacobite

From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

Activity provider: Loch Ness by Jacobite

From US$ 48.29 per person

Breathe 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 relaxing on your guided coach journey back to Inverness.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Enjoy a guided coach tour from Inverness to Loch Ness
  • Take a boat cruise across the mighty Loch Ness
  • Explore the ruins of the historic Urquhart Castle
Full description

Cruise on Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle on this coach and boat tour that transports you directly from Inverness city center to the legendary Loch Ness. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the stirring past of these famous shores as you relax on a guided coach tour. After departing from Inverness by coach, you will drive to Loch Ness. Once you arrive, hop on board a boat to cruise across the Loch’s world-famous waters. Keep an eye on the sonars for a blip that could be Nessie.

There is a fully stocked bar on board and a selection of Scottish snacks. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are also served, should you require a little warming up. Once you are back on shore, explore the historic ruins of the once-mighty stronghold of Urquhart Castle. After you have seen the castle, relax on the coach as you make the return drive to Inverness city center.

  • Transportation from Inverness
  • Live tour guide on the coach
  • Admission to Urquhart Castle
  • 30-minute Loch Ness boat cruise
  • Return transportation by coach from Inverness city center
  • Snacks and drinks (can be purchased on the coach)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Go to Inverness Bus Station. Look for the bus with "Highlander Ways" written on the side.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Please plan for any weather as the majority of the tour will be outside
  • Please note with the exception of guide dogs, dogs are not permitted to join this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 396 reviews

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Excellent tour, highly recommended! On the winter schedule the cruise is extended to an hour long, covering the Caledonian canal as well as Loch Ness. There was very good commentary on the boat and spectacular views from the upper level. The castle was amazing and I would have liked even more time here - an hour wasn’t enough to see the castle and fully explore the visitor centre (where there is a short film and a collection of artefacts). Our guide Richard was well spoken and gave an interesting commentary with an authentic local perspective. He gave us some extra time on the way back, taking us along a scenic route past some highland cows, the village of Beauly and the Beauly and Moray firths. Exceptional tour that I would highly recommend!

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December 13, 2022

Information sent by the app (meeting point etc) very good. Multi storey parking right next to the bus station was perfect. Short journey from there to the boat too. Glad we chose the option to get off the boat to look around the castle, but could have done with more than an hour there really. Info provided both on the bus and boat about local area / history although some was repeated on both.

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November 25, 2022

It was a short but memorable trip of 3 hours by a comfortable bus. It was amazing to visit Uruquart Castle and Loch Ness lake. The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. All in all a great trip especially for those travellers who prefer half-day or short trips.

October 21, 2022

Product ID: 184139