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Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch

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Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch

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Overview

Seek out Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, on a 2-hour cruise from Dochgarroch Lock. The boat is fitted with a special Nessie sonar, but if the elusive monster doesn’t show up, the area's other sights will charm you instead. Pass along the Caledonian Canal into Loch Ness to see Urquhart Castle, Bona Lighthouse, and the crash site of a World War II bomber. You'll learn about the loch’s history and legends as you cruise.
  • Pass along the Caledonian Canal and through Loch Dochfour
  • Glide around Loch Ness in search for the fabled monster
  • Hear tales of the loch’s history as you cruise around its shores
  • Cast your gaze inland to see the beautiful Bona Lighthouse
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Live commentary on board
Drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks (snacks available to purchase)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Loch Ness by Jacobite - Dochgarroch Lock , Dochgarroch Cottages, Dochgarroch, Inverness IV3 8JG, UK

Turn left at Dochgarroch Lock by the blue sign that says "Cafe and boat tours", there is a large carpark on your right as you come in, please park in the car park and walk down to the Canal where the boat is berthed.

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to Dochgarroch Lock, roughly 4.5 miles (7km) southwest of Inverness. At your chosen start time of 9:30am, 11:30am, or 2pm, you'll board your boat and settle in for a 2-hour cruise. Drinks, light snacks, and whisky are available at your own expense. 

Glide along the history-rich Caledonian Canal, and cross the waters of Loch Dochfour into the legendary Loch Ness. 

If you can tear your eyes from the scenery, then take a look at the onboard sonar that monitors the whereabouts of Nessie. You’ll hear a bleep if she’s thought to be lurking nearby. 

Listen out for fun facts about the loch’s past and the legends that surround it. Sights along the route include the inland Bona Lighthouse, Urquhart Castle, and Aldourie Castle, which is now a luxury vacation estate. You’ll even see the crash site of a Wellington bomber aircraft from World War II.

After two hours on the water, you’ll return to the start point to end your cruise.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Loch Ness
Enter the majestic waters of Loch Ness as you cruise in style and comfort.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Loch Ness by Jacobite
Our friendly team will be with you on board to answer any questions you may have.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Caledonian Canal
Sail through the man made part of the Caledonian Canal before entering the mighty Loch Ness.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Loch Ness by Jacobite
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
An interesting trip that I would highly recommend.
Lydia_M
, Aug 2022
Jack did a very interesting commentary about all the sights on the way .The boat was comfortable and we were well informed on safety.
star-5
Great trip!
sarahryan811
, Jul 2022
Beautiful views of Loch Ness...Definitely worth it since the shore in not easily accessible from many places.
star-5
Lovely Trip
Sarah_G
, Jul 2022
Lovely staff! Very interesting commentary. Would definitely book again with our son! Well stocked bar area.
star-5
Nothing Beats Being on The Water.
Natalie_S
, Jul 2022
Had a great time. Lovely weather and scenery. Nice to be able to have a cup of coffee and snacks on board. Great for all as we had a 91 year old and a 1 yr old in the group! Added bonus with the Coast Guard doing a training exercise on our boat. Was fascinating to watch. The 2 hours passes so quickly. Outside on deck or inside in the comfy seats, whatever your preference. Definitely will do again. Also you can book a ticket that allows you to get off at the Castle grounds. Great crew and a fun time had by all.
star-5
It was awesome
Surya_M
, Jul 2022
Ughartan castle and river Ness were beautiful. The cruise was a great experience. Had a lovely time with family
star-5
Amazing cruise experience for kids
Srikanth_C
, Jul 2022
Pleasant ride Well welcomed staff Wonderful tour guide Nice food options Kids friendly Chosen last day of the trip
star-5
Most Beautiful Cruise A Must!
elizabethtraverso
, Jul 2022
A Scottish friend recommended this for my 14 year old son and I to do as I know Inverness rather well. It was well worth it and so incredibly beautiful
star-5
Excellent boat trip
Jennifer_S
, Jul 2022
Excellent trip - stunning views and scenery and guide was very knowledgeable. Highland hot chocolate was also a hit with my friends! Very well organised, nice facilities.
star-5
Incredible trip!
Olga_M
, Jun 2022
2 hours that you will never forget! Incredible Scottish lakes, beautiful scenery all the way! We have taken several cruises in Scotland before, and this one is the best one because of the route, the comfort of the boat, and amazing guides who knew when to share historical comments and when to stop and let us sink into the gorgeous nature.
star-5
Great Experience
Anonymous
, Jun 2022
We loved our tour of Loch Ness! The crew on board were all kind and knowledgeable. It was also a great balance of learning new things and having time to enjoy the views. My husband and I brought our 1 year old along and they were very accommodating for her as well! We can't recommend enough!
star-5
Beautiful
Diana_C
, Jun 2022
Beautiful relaxing scenery. Staff in gift store and boat were excellent. Commentary was useful and did not distract from calmness of Loch
star-5
Very good!
Ronald_v
, Jun 2022
It was a great experience. The weather was perfect in our case, so although we haven't Nessie we enjoyed evers minute of it!
star-5
I recommend to try this...
Lana_H
, Jun 2022
I recommend to try this journey so you can enjoy and see the Urquhart castle in close from the cruise
star-4
Enjoyable cruise ride
Ashok_M
, May 2022
To learn about the story of Ghost And to know about the history of all the liniments very nicely explained by the Guide
star-5
Brilliant and stunning cruise
Alison_B
, May 2022
Sensational cruise with great commentary. I would highly recommend it. Truly stunning scenery and lots to see.
star-5
Recommend.
Joseph_M
, Sep 2021
What a fun two hour boat cruise! Great boat. Lovely staff. On board bar and snacks. Partner had the Highland Hot chocolate (dash of whiskey 🥃 in it lol) as I was driving. Smelt nice though. Didn’t see Nessie but an experience I totally recommend. Can sit inside (huge windows) if you’re too cold or cannot manage steps. Price was perfect at £26 each.
star-5
Commentary full of...
Frances_P
, Sep 2021
Commentary full of history very intersting. Boat was spotless crew friendly.Stopped right by urghart castle for photos views were stunning and we could take our dogs as we were on holiday and didn't want to leave them in the accommodation or in the car which was the reason we booked it
star-4
Fantastic boat trip on Loch Ness
Margo_L
, Aug 2021
Fantastic boat trip on Loch Ness. The commentator was very knowledgeable about the lock and history of things on the lock. Well worth the trip. Can be a bit cold outside travelling on the water so take a coat.
star-5
A brilliant day out!
KoriAimee_D
, Aug 2021
Stunning views and friendly crew, it had everything for a brilliant trip! It was so much fun and definitely the highlight of our day! I most definitely recommend!
star-5
Great experience
Hairulnizam_B
, Aug 2021
Excellent..really enjoy it…beautiful scenery and the service provided was superb…will come again later

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