Day trip

From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Day Tour

Activity provider:Timberbush Tours
Day trip

From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Day Tour

Activity provider:Timberbush Tours
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From US$ 54.62 per person

Likely to sell out

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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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • Departure Point Change: From 27/03/2023 this tour will be departing from Railway Terrace, IV1 1NW
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 188 reviews

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Thoroughly enjoyed my Loch Ness and Highlands tour from Inverness. A great day out with informative tidbits. Didn’t find Nessie but learnt a lot. Have to pay extra for entry to the castle and the Loch Ness cruise. Particularly enjoyed the music the guide played throughout and the extra effort he went to for us to feed the highland cows at the end, thanks Luke. Would highly recommend!

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April 6, 2023

Wow I an such an amazing day yesterday with Luke! Such a friendly and charismatic guide, he made everyone feel super comfortable! We stopped at many amazing places, went on little hikes and saw the fluffy cows (he really made sure we found them hahah) I strongly recommend this tour!!

February 27, 2023

Thanks so much to our guide, Alex. We took the tour on 11th Feb and it was our favourite part of our whole trip! Alex truly helped inform us of the area, and the stops on the trip were perfect. We also really recommend taking the cruise and will be looking to take another tour in the future!

February 18, 2023

Product ID: 190035