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Loch Ness: Urquhart Castle Round-Trip Cruise

1. Loch Ness: Urquhart Castle Round-Trip Cruise

Climb aboard a small cruise boat for a truly inspiring tour of Loch Ness, departing from Clansman Harbour, just south of Inverness, and sailing as far as Urquhart Castle and back. Once on board, you will sail to the heart of Loch Ness, famous around the world for its mysterious - and elusive - monster. A selection of Scottish produce, as well as hot and cold snacks are available to purchase from the bar, if you fancy a wee dram as you cruise. Boats also have free WiFi for your convenience. Soak up the stunning mountain views as you cruise to the remains of Urquhart Castle, the envy of Scotland’s romantic ruins. Once you reach the blunt peninsula of Urquhart Bay, the boat will turn around and sail at back to Clansman Harbour.

From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

2. From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

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.

Northwest Highlands: Private Tour with Hike

3. Northwest Highlands: Private Tour with Hike

If you like wide-open spaces, lonely glens to hike up, and dramatic mountian scenery, this tour has it all. After getting picked up, your guide will explain the course of the day and make any adjustments that you may require. Leaving Inverness and heading northwest over the Black Isle, you will be entertained with stories and legends of the area before stopping off at the beautiful, old Silver Bridge. Follow the Black Water river to the huge Aultguish Dam and onto Wester Ross. At Corrieshalloch Gorge, you’ll take a 30-minute walk and learn about the traces left from the ice age that formed the landscape. Take in the breathtaking views of this spectacular ravine. The fishing village Ullapool is the next stop, where you can take time to wander the streets and have a light refreshment. Then you’ll venture into one of the last wildernesses in Europe. Stop and take in the peculiar yet stunning Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, and An Tealach mountains. After traveling through some of the oldest mountains in the world, you’ll stop at the tiny fishing village of Lochinver for lunch. Depending on the weather, your lunch will be served in the restaurant or on a sandy beach under the shadow of Ardvreck Castle before you head into a lonely glen for your main 2-hour hike of the day: the Bone Caves of Inchnadamph. From here continue on through Sutherland and onto the east coast of Ross and Cromarty where the landscape changes again to flatter and greener farmland. Journey through the beautiful Strath Okyel and onto the Kyle of Sutherland, where a spectacular view awaits. From there you’ll return to Inverness, taking in the old navy port of Invergordon and a curious monument on top of Fyrish Hill.

From Inverness: Wester Ross Small-Group Day Tour

4. From Inverness: Wester Ross Small-Group Day Tour

Start the day with a visit to the spectacular Rogie Falls. Get up close to these impressive waterfalls on a suspension bridge across the beautiful Black Water river and maybe even spot wild salmon leaping upstream.  Then travel on to the charming villages of Kinlochewe, which sits in a magnificent valley at the head of pretty Loch Maree, and Gairloch. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of Wester Ross from the shores of Loch Gairloch,  or pay a visit to one of the area's several stunning sandy beaches, such as the brilliantly-named Big Sand. Afterward, pay a visit to the village of Poolewe and take a stroll through the village's main street, full of quaint white rendered buildings and home to the beautiful, and surprisingly modern, St Maelrubha’s Church, before heading to the small and tranquil fishing village of Aultbea. Finish your tour with a visit to Ullapool, a picturesque fishing town nestled on the shores of Lochbroom, and situated in one of the least spoilt natural environments in the UK. Take advantage of the town's ideal location by exploring the surrounding countryside and the Highlands, with Stornoway and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides just a short ferry ride away, before heading back to Inverness. 

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What people are saying about Inverness

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!

Nice boat trip down Loch Ness with great views of Urquhart Castle from out on the loch. Extensive views along the length of Loch Ness along the way.

Highly Recommended! I was on my own and felt really comfortable. Fully of knowledge, humour and helpful.

Guide was very informative about Lochness and everything about the Loch very relaxing as well

guide was very knowledgeable and the scenery was fantastic