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Loch Ness

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The Basics

Loch Ness is most often visited during day trips from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen that incorporate other Highlands attractions such as Urquhart Castle, Stirling Castle, Caledonian Canal, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, Cairngorms National Park, and even Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Shorter half-day trips, which typically include boat tours on the lake, typically depart from Inverness, while cruise-ship passengers can take shore excursions from Invergordon. Motorized boat trips are the most common way for visitors to scour Nessie’s lair, though it’s also possible to paddle a canoe or kayak out on the loch, or even take a self-guided cycling trip.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
$71.48 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly Recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The beautiful nature never failed to amaze us-Dominic’s knowledge of places to go and spots to visit were impeccable. One more thing to look forward to is Dominic’s hilarious yet history-ladden tales, you’d never get bored while relaxing inside his clean tour van. It’s like listening to a podcast 😊 Highly recommended!
Charles_Y, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Perfect way to see Loch Ness
Charlene_K, Nov 2021
The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
This was a fun trip around Loch Ness and our guide was knowledgable about the area and very friendly. He knew some great spots to stop and take photographs of the beautiful loch and its surroundings and the additional boat trip was spectacular as the sun was setting. I went with my other half and we would both definitely recomment this tour (and the black pudding from the fish and chip shop in Fort Augusta!)
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An incredible day out
Charlotte_G, Nov 2021
Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh
We had a fantastic tour of Scotland yesterday! Douggie was our lovely driver and he had lots of interesting stories to share. He was very helpful and made us enjoy the long drives! The views were incredible and the boat ride over lochness was beautiful. Would definitely recommend if you've not been to Scotland before!
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Best guide , lovely experience
Andreea_D, Nov 2021
The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
We had a nice experience visiting Loch Ness lake and also we have had the best guide there is - Jim. He is made for this job! We highly recommend this experience .
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Welsh girls on tour.... bucket list
Tracey_D, Oct 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow
From begining to end andy our tour guide was remarkable funny knowledgeable and attentive... the tour itself was out ov this world would defo rec the loch ness opt cruise thank u the welsh girls xx 1
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Awesome!
Maggie_M, Nov 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Barney was very informative and a fun tour guide! He kept everything interesting and answered any questions we had. Even played us some great music in the van. The highlands/loch ness are stunning and I can’t wait to come back again someday!
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A very enjoyable day out
Caitlyn_N, Oct 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh
The trip was fantastic, lots to see and we stopped at lots of beautiful landscape places which were all picturesque. We got to see lots of the highlands cows, the travelling we did was over 300 miles and even had a boat cruise on Loch Ness with a glass of wine which was lovely. But unfortunately, we did not see the Loch Ness monster ( Nessi)!!!!
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Amazing scenery
tracey_h, Oct 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow
Such an amazing tour and amazing scenery and our tour guide Callum gave a fab insight to the history of all the lochs etc. Also recommend doing the cruise at Loch Ness, all in it was a great day.
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Lovely day out learning about Scottish history
Irene_B, Oct 2021
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Lovely day out exploring some landmarks in and around Inverness and Lochness. Really enjoyed Drew’s tour, especially his perspective on the visit to the Culloden Battlefield. Highly recommended especially if you are not hiring a car.
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Unforgettable, enjoyable Experience
Saad_Alamri, Jul 2021
Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen
My family and I enjoyed the Highlands and Loch Ness Tour. Alice was a knowledgeable and expert tour guide and driver, selecting beautiful locations for us to view Scotland at her best. We had a wonderful day. If time permits, we will book other tours as well. Thank Alice and Rabbies..
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Great tour with great tour guide
Michael_A, Oct 2021
Half-Day Loch Ness and Outlander Sites Tour from Inverness
What an amazing tour. Was booked very last minute and glad we booked it. A lot of history learning with a great laugh along with serious history. George knew everything from A to Z! He even took us off track to see a few minor things and even taste LochNess! Will be recommending my friends to this for sure.
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Highly Recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Charles_Y, Nov 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
The beautiful nature never failed to amaze us-Dominic’s knowledge of places to go and spots to visit were impeccable. One more thing to look forward to is Dominic’s hilarious yet history-ladden tales, you’d never get bored while relaxing inside his clean tour van. It’s like listening to a podcast 😊 Highly recommended!
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Amazing
Tracy_D, Jul 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh
Amazing scenery really comfortable coach .felt safe to travel everything was clean every one wore masks . Our tour guide Stuart was amazing such a lovely guy .Full of knowledge always asking if we was comfortable. Wish o could have him on every tour

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Rumors about Nessie began when an Irish monk first caught sight of something unusual swimming around the lake’s inky waters back in the 7th century.

  • For more background on the Nessie phenomenon, visit the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition at Drumnadrochit.

  • Wear warm clothes, including a waterproof outer layer, as it can get cold out on the water.

  • Day trips from Edinburgh and Glasgow generally last around 12 hours.

  • The Loch Ness Centre is wheelchair accessible, however most boat trips are not.

  • Bring along a camera so you can document any possible Nessie sightings.

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How to Get There

Loch Ness stretches between Inverness and Fort Augustus, and is one of many such lakes located along the Great Glen. Tours from Inverness, Edinburgh, and Glasgow typically include round-trip transportation to cruise departure points such as Clansman Harbour, Dochgarroch, and Tomnahurich Bridge.

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When to Get There

Boat trips around Loch Ness run year-round, though they are weather-dependent. During summer, the main A82 thoroughfare between Fort William and Inverness sees a lot of traffic and sightseeing cruises often sell out, so be sure to buy tickets in advance.

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How to Maximize Your Chance of a Monster Sighting

For the best chances of glimpsing the fabled Loch Ness Monster, choose a boat that is fitted with special onboard sonar systems to ensure Nessie doesn’t swim by unnoticed. If you're worried the sound of a motor may disturb Nessie, opt for a canoe or kayak tour instead. And if you’d rather stay away from the water altogether, the high lakeside perch which houses the ruins of Urquhart Castle makes for a great viewing spot, with uninterrupted lake panoramas.

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