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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
$73.71 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic day trip
Fantastic scenery and good itinery. Lovely comfortable ride and very knowledgable guide who stopped for lots of photo opportunities. We had a brilliant day.
Julia_T, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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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)!!!!
star-4
Great Trip to get a first glimpse of The Highlands
Natasha_P, Oct 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow
I great trip!!! The first few hours are amazing, getting into The Highlands until you reach Loch Ness, is beautiful. After, I will just recommend a stop to Inverness, to see at least the city center.
star-5
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.
star-4
Highly recommend this tour!
CHUNGLEUNG_W, Oct 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh
Fantastic tour and excellent tour guide Alan. Our tour guide Alan was very informative and knowledgeable about Scotland history. The optional Loch Ness cruise also well worth it.
star-4
Amazing wiews
Uros_P, Sep 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow
Every part of the trip was amazing, lots of driving but wiews are amazing. Our driver, forgot the name, was funny and we enjoyed his knowledge on the bus and his driving skills ahaha.. Do not miss this. It would be just nice if they had agreement in Loch Ness that we would get a meal as part ofvthis trip.
star-5
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..
star-5
Superb taste of Scotland in one trip!
Susan_W, Sep 2021
The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
Superb trip giving chance to see great sights. Mountains, waterfalls, Caledonian canal and of course Loch Ness. Ending with the boat ride on the loch was the pinnacle. Great value for money and Kevin was the perfect guide - thank you!
star-5
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
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Refreshing
MohammadZaahid_N, Jun 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow
Very well organised trip and clean comfortable bus. Great trip to escape from the busy city life. Bus driver could have been more lively but overall great experience.
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Trip Through Highlands
Josefine_F, May 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
We had a lovely time on this tour. Great experience after a long Covid-restricted winter. Thank you to Adam for being a great guide through the highlands!
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Wonderful cruise
Lyn_S, May 2021
Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch
The beautiful scenery very good commentary throughout the cruise. Very good covid measures. Lovely staff.
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Highland Fling
Kathryn_F, Apr 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
It was a fabulous day. We had rain, sleet and sunshine. The scenery was beautiful in every type of weather. Ross was very considerate and ensured we all felt safe Re Covid-19. He was very entertaining and made our day trip special

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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