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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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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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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)

Departure Point

Dochgarroch Lock Inverness-shire, Inverness IV3 8JG, UK

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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
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Q:
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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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers.

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star-5
Very good experience.
Prashanth
, Jul 2021
Very good experience with the team on board. They were friendly, informative and helpful. The location and detailed explanation of each bit was well organised and delivered to all passengers on board.
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star-4
Family trip on Lock Ness
Sean_O
, Jul 2021
Lock Ness atmosphere very tranquil & relaxing. Good facilities. Good family trip, kids happy enjoyed the trip.
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star-3
Lovely but a few things to improve on for the price in my opinion
Antony_P
, Jul 2021
Lovely views.. delayed start that didn't help with a 6 year old.. couldn't really hear the history about the loch as it wasn't very loud.. staff was friendly and views were fantastic
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star-5
Nessie hunt
Max_M
, Jul 2021
Very informative, beautiful scenery and most enjoyable trip. Kids and grandparents enjoyed it immensely! Thoroughly recommend.
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Lochness
Christine_T
, Jul 2021
A lovely morning on Lochness with the added excitement of watching a helicopter coastguard practice.
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star-4
A good way to start a Sunday morning
Graeme_c
, Jun 2021
Spacious comfortable and very friendly staff. Scenery spectacular and interesting commentary. Good value for money
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star-5
Great boat ride to pass a couple of hours
Tominator
, Jun 2021
This 2 hour boat ride takes you down to Urquart Castle and back, supplying lots of useful, but not over the top information. The staff were very friendly and highly recommend this for an afternoon boat ride
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star-5
Beautiful views
Claire_H
, May 2021
Very well organised, beautiful boat trip and well worth the money. The views were spectacular, plenty of opportunities to take photographs and humorous and informative commentary.
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star-5
Amazing trip
Joanne_B
, May 2021
Great trip , lots of interesting information from the guide on board comfortable boat. Refreshments available reasonably priced.
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star-5
Wonderful cruise
Lyn_S
, May 2021
The beautiful scenery very good commentary throughout the cruise. Very good covid measures. Lovely staff.
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