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From Inverness: Complete Loch Ness 1-Day Experience

Duration: 7 hours
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Experience the dramatic beauty of Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands on a day trip from Inverness. Benefit from plenty of breaks to take scenic…

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Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

Duration: 12.5 hours
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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…

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From Glasgow: Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Tour

Duration: 12 hours
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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…

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From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Tour

Duration: 9 hours
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Spend a day hunting for Nessie, cruising on Loch Ness, and exploring the village of Fort Augustus. Visit the ruined Urquhart Castle and wander to the…

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5 Loch Ness Monster Myths and Legends

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.

What lurks beneath the surface

What lurks beneath the surface

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 saint that saved the day

The saint that saved the day

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.

A grainy picture paints a thousand words

A grainy picture paints a thousand words

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.

Jurassic proportions

Jurassic proportions

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.

Let sleeping monsters lie

Let sleeping monsters lie

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!

Our insider tips

Getting to Loch Ness

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).

Loch Ness activities

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.

When to go

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.

Good to know

  • 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

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 9,872 reviews

It was very easy to book online and all of the information we needed was very clear. The itinerary was varied and the sights were truly spectacular. There were plenty of rest room stops and opportunities to buy refreshments and lunch throughout the day. The tour guide was great fun and very informative. He looked after us excellently. The tour bus was very comfortable. I would highly recommend the trip.

From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Tour Reviewed by

Such a fantastic experience!!!! The bus tour was incredible. Our guide was an expert in everything from local farming to history and politics. The stops were well planned to showcase the best of the highlands and our guide even made e tea stops at places he knew we’d love to photograph. This was genuinely the highlight of my trip to Scotland. I couldn’t recommend any experience more highly.

A great day out, despite the restrictions and the pouring rain! Brian was a brilliant tour guide and took great care to give us all an enjoyable experience, with plenty of photo opportunities and local tips to make the most of the day. With everything taken care of, we were free to relax and take in the amazing scenery. Highly recommend for those who want to see a bit more of Scotland

Amazing experience, wonderful landscapes and breathtaking nature! I recommend it on 1000%. If you want to take a getaway from the busy city, take your way to Highlands. The guide was friendly and well prepared, the whole travelling was nice and relaxing! Many thanks to Rabbie’s for this amazing experience!

Michael was a brilliant with his enthusiasm & knowledge and interesting stories of history. It made it easy to understand. We enjoyed the tour and highly recommend this trip.,

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