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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 Glasgow
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow
$71.05 per adult
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The views throughout the...
The views throughout the trip were great. My wife and I especially loved Glen Coe and Loch Ness (optional boat trip was totally worth it). We really enjoyed the trips as it was all scheduled out for us. The stops along the way were perfectly timed to allow for plenty of pictures and taking in the scenery.
Josh_M, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Loch Ness an Highlands
Jeffrey_R, Jun 2022
Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Loch Ness boat excursion and the beautiful scenery in the Highlands. Our escort was very knowledgeable and very entertaining!
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Good trip but very long
John_K, Jun 2022
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
The highlight of the trip was the smaller villages we drove through to get to Loch Ness. Unfortunately, the roads prevented us from going to Glencoe. Though Dave did a good job improvising on the way back to show us other great sights in Scotland. Traveling with kids made it a long day.
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Loch Ness beyond the monster
George_K, Jun 2022
The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
Helen was beyond awesome giving us a great understanding of the loch Ness community beyond the monster. I had a bit of a accident with my shoe and she did everything she could to make me comfortable the rest of the day. She is great
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Take this tour!!
Lynne_R, Jun 2022
Half-Day Loch Ness and Outlander Sites Tour from Inverness
Our guide, George, was wonderful! He arrived in Scottish kilt to make our journey even more special. What an abundance of knowledge he has of all things Scotland. We had George all to ourselves and he guided us through all the local places we wanted to see. The Outlander section was great. We took the Loch Ness boat to Urquhart Castle and thoroughly enjoyed walking through all the ruins. The 4000 yr old cemetery a Clava cairns was impressive. This tour is a must if you are in Inverness!
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Great day, with great guide
Catherine_P, Jun 2022
Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh
Our bus driver and tour guide Brian was courteous and helpful. Our route was diverted due to a major traffic accident, but he managed to get us back on track in time for the optional boat cruise on Loch Ness. Brian's interesting and knowledgeable commentary really helped during our trip.
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Excellent highlands adventure
Imraan_S, Jun 2022
Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh
Excellent tour of the highlands and is a must do!! We opted for the boat ride on Loch Ness and was totally with it. Driver/guide Willie was very engaging and informative. The tour was around 12 hours
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Great adventure!
Samantha_F, Jun 2022
Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen
This tour was amazing. Neil was our guide and he did a great job of providing color to everything we saw. If you will only be in Scotland for a few days this is the way to go. From the Highlands and Culloden to Loch Ness and Highlander cows you won’t be disappointed!
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Great Experience
Anonymous, Jun 2022
Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch
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!
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Fantastic voyage
Alden_B, Jun 2022
Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh
The trip was awesome. The tour guide was entertaining and the sites I saw were beautiful. My pictures came out great. The tour of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle was the high point for me.
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Highlands in a day
Paula_J, May 2022
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
Thomas was great fun and gave us lots of information and my fellow travellers were very friendly. It was my first day of retirement and visiting Glencoe was a big tick off my bucket list-stunningly beautiful! Loved the boat trip on Loch Ness-again lots of information given.
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Lochness Monster
selena_b, Jun 2022
Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh
It is a long day, however you get to see a lot of the highlands in Scotland Glencoe,, Inverness, , Lochness I would recommend paying for Lochness Cruise ( it was our highlight and very informative) Also stops for ice cream, coffee, lunch and to see hairy cows as well as for photographs
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This was a great tour,...
Ayushi_S, Apr 2022
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
This was a great tour, the tour guide (Callum) was amazing. Despite not being able to go to Loch Ness due to an accident, he took us to different places to make up for the time and told us lots of different stories. Tour also proposed to refund the money, so good company
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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