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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
$73.35 per adult
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Beautiful trip to Loch Ness
Everything was Amazing and the driver was so helpful and friendly, he was explaining everything about the trip
Iuliana_H, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Amazing tour on, in and around Loch Ness
Laura_M, Jan 2022
The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
An excellent tour all the way round Loch Ness, from getting my toes in the water to cruising on it in a boat (only an extra £16 each). Our tour guide Willie was amazing, made as laugh and knew all the information and best sites to see. We were lucky with the weather but it’s a great time to visit as tourist spots aren’t busy at all yet! Definitely recommend this trip, especially as they saved us when our original Loch Ness trip was cancelled the day before!
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Excellent!
Zain, Jan 2022
Loch Ness Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver
Great trip! William is an excellent guide and driver. Thoroughly enjoyed his company. The view en route to Loch Ness was spectacular! The boat ride was relaxing and enjoyable.
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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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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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Day around lochness
Valerie_B, Dec 2021
The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
Excellent trip for a day out around lochness our driver willie was a great guide too shame the weather wasn't better
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Trip of a lifetime
William_S, Dec 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
We had a most enjoyable time our guide/ driver Adam was so knowledgeable and informative even making the trip more enjoyable with a highly recommended boat trip around Loch ness a trip to remember my partners first trip to Scotland and not the last excellent well rum tour company
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This tour was fabulous,...
Aditi_V, Dec 2021
The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
This tour was fabulous, highly recommended. It was very relaxing and our tour guide Helen made this trip a memorable one. We visited many picturesque locations, covered the whole of Lochness and learned a lot of interesting facts about its history as well. Overall it was a very good experience, time well spent.
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Highlands
Tracie_M, Dec 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
The drive was beautiful, with lots of photo ops. Nice weather for a boat tour at Loch Ness. Barbara our guide was amazing!
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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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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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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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A great day out. The tour...
Christine_M, Jan 2022
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
A great day out. The tour guide was excellent and kept us all well informed and educated throughout the trip. Bus very comfortable and stops were logically spaced out.

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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