Yes, it's Scotland's deepest loch. And yes, it has its own brooding Highland charm. But without the fable-or-fiction mystique of the Loch Ness monster, this would be just another picturesque stop on the Scottish nature trail. As it is, Nessie continues to pack them in.

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster in the Scottish Highlands is often regarded as a myth, despite anecdotal sightings and reports of a giant sea-serpent or dragon inhabiting the waters of the Loch. The first photograph of the Loch Ness Monster was published in 1933, while a sonar reading in 1954 seemed to confirm the presence of some kind of underwater creature.

Although the BBC's definitive search in 2003 with 60 sonar and satellite trackers seems conclusive, it’s probably best to visit the waters of the loch and decide for yourself whether Nessie exists and if she is still alive. Visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre at Drumnadrochit for a comprehensive look at the phenomenon.

Practical Info

The Loch stretches between Inverness and Fort Augustus. There are tours from Edinburgh, and once there you can take boat rides to the centre of the Loch to look for Nessie yourself.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, null
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31627 Reviews

Explore Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands on this 12-hour tour from Edinburgh. Depart from Edinburgh by air-conditioned minivan and travel out into ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.39
Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1837 Reviews

Go on a fantastic tour from Edinburgh to explore the legendary myths of Loch Ness and enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highland scenery. Drive through the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.07
Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness, Inverness, Day Trips
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Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

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Explore the romantic Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness. Taking in spectacular Highland scenery, your tour passes Loch Ness and the ruins of Eilean ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.58
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Trips
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small Group Day Trip from Glasgow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2170 Reviews

Take the high road to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness on a small group day trip from Glasgow. You'll travel through beautiful Glencoe, admire the ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.45
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 244 Reviews

Immerse yourself in spectacular scenery, beguiling mystery and dramatic history on this day trip from Edinburgh. Traveling to the Scottish Highlands, witness ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.67
Glencoe, Loch Ness and The Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Glencoe, Loch Ness and The Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

4 star rating: Recommended 138 Reviews

This 12 hour tour will fit in as much of Scotland as can possibly done in one day! You will witness the stunning scenery of Glencoe and Ben Nevis before you ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.71
Loch Ness Cruise Including Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Inverness, Day Trips
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Loch Ness Cruise Including Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

4.5 star rating: Recommended 360 Reviews

Unravel the mystery surrounding Loch Ness on this 3.5-hour trip from Inverness. With an expert guide, enjoy a scenic coach ride from the city center to ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.55
Loch Ness Glencoe Highlands and Whisky-Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Cruises
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Loch Ness Glencoe Highlands and Whisky-Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Enjoy a full day tour in an air-conditioned mini coach taking you to discover the incredible natural beauty of Loch Ness, Glencoe and the highlands. A ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.39
Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise and Visit to Urquhart Castle, Inverness, Day Trips
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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise and Visit to Urquhart Castle

4 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

Discover Loch Ness’ natural beauty on this 2-hour trip from Clansman Harbour. Situated only a twenty minutes’ drive from central Inverness, Loch Ness is one of ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.37
Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart Castle, Inverness, Day Cruises
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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart Castle

4 star rating: Recommended 120 Reviews

Cruise across Loch Ness and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle on this 2.5-hour trip from Inverness. With a professional guide, soak up the sights on a coach ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.31

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