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As huge as Loch Ness is, its vast size is not the reason for its global fame, nor is it the magnificent surrounding scenery. The real reason visitors flock to this Scottish body of water is to spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Rumors about Nessie have flown since an Irish monk first caught sight of something unusual swimming around the lake’s inky waters back in the seventh century. Today. travelers still cruise around the loch in hopes of catching sight of the mysterious aquatic monster.

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.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • For 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 unusual lake activity!
 
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.  

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.
 
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 are 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 where the ruins of Urquhart Castle lie makes for a great viewing spot, with uninterrupted lake panoramas.
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Loch Ness Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise

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Set sail across the misty waters of Loch Ness and discover the eerie legend of the Loch Ness Monster on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise from Inverness.  Cruise past the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle as you explore one of Britain’s largest freshwater lakes and use the ship’s sonar system to seek out the loch’s notorious resident.
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Loch Ness Cruise Including Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Centre and ExhibitionDay Cruises

Loch Ness Cruise Including Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

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Soak up the myth and mystery of Loch Ness on this excursion from Inverness. Take a scenic drive to Clansman Harbour with a knowledgeable guide. From there, cruise the still waters of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. Explore the ruins and learn about the site’s grisly history, then continue to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition to hear about the legendary water monster, Nessie.
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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise and Visit to Urquhart CastleDay Cruises

Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise and Visit to Urquhart Castle

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Experience famous Loch Ness and the ruins of Urquhart Castle on this 2-hour tour from Clansman Harbour, just outside of Inverness. Climb aboard an open-air boat for a tranquil cruise to Urquhart Castle – provided you don’t meet the Loch Ness monster along the way!  Tour the historic medieval castle, learn about its turbulent and bloody history, and enjoy scenic views of the Scottish countryside before returning to the harbor.
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

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

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Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe, Cairngorms National Park, and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster, marvel at the mountain peaks of Craig Meagaidh and traverse Drummochter Summit to Pitlochry. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers.
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Isle of Skye, Fairy Pools, and Eilean Donan Castle Day Trip From InvernessCultural Tours

Isle of Skye, Fairy Pools, and Eilean Donan Castle Day Trip From Inverness

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Head for Scotland's Isle of Skye and skip the hassle of driving or booking transportation on this jam-packed, full-day guided tour from Inverness. Traveling by minibus, you also visit such famed sites as Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle on the journey to the island, where you swim in the Fairy Pools and spend some time exploring Skye's highlights.
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Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle Visit from InvernessCultural Tours

Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle Visit from Inverness

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Explore Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle on a 4-hour cruise tour from Inverness. Board the 'Jacobite Rebel' cruise boat at Dochgarroch Lock, and sail down the Caledonian Canal and Loch Dochfour to Loch Ness, Britain’s largest body of water by volume and famous for its mythical monster. Admire the scenery, hear stories about Loch Ness’ history, and enjoy two hours to explore 13th-century Urquhart Castle on the lochside before another hour of cruising.
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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Uncover the mysteries of Loch Ness on an exciting day-trip from Edinburgh. Set out north along Scotland's West Coast to experience one of the country's most iconic lochs, best known for the fabled 'monster' said to reside deep within its waters. En route, pass some incredible sights, including the ruins of Linlithgow Palace, Ben Nevis―Britain's tallest mountain―and dramatic Highlands landscapes recognizable from films like 'Skyfall.' Your guide regales you with stories about the area, making for an exciting, informative―and if you're lucky, truly legendary―trip.
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from EdinburghDay Trips

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this full-day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness – fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Spot the famous Stirling Castle on route and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century.
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Cruise the Caledonian Canal, Sail on Loch Ness and View Urquhart CastleDay Cruises

Cruise the Caledonian Canal, Sail on Loch Ness and View Urquhart Castle

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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.
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Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from GlasgowDay Trips

Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

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Explore Loch Ness, Glen Coe and the Highlands on this day trip from Glasgow. Visit Loch Lomond with a guide and enjoy spectacular views over the Scottish Highlands. Travel into Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe — widely considered to be Scotland’s most beautiful glen. Pass beneath Ben Nevis on route through the Great Glen. Take in Fort Augustus and Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness, and enjoy an optional cruise or castle visit. Journey onward to Inverness — the Highlands’ iconic capital — then return via the Grampian Mountains to Glasgow.
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  • 12 hours 15 minutes
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Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from InvernessHistorical & Heritage Tours

Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

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Check out the Isle of Skye on a day trip from Inverness. With a Scottish local in a kilt as your driver-guide, you’ll discover the history behind the island plus some famous landmarks along the way. Pass Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, then cross Skye Bridge to spend time on the island itself. Visit the town of Portree, travel through the Cuillin mountains, and discover beguiling natural sights such as the Old Man of Storr. Numbers are limited to just eight people for a small-group experience.
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from EdinburghMulti-day Tours

3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Immerse yourself in the rugged peninsular landscapes of the Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands on this 3-day trip from Edinburgh. During your visit to Scotland's wild northwest coast, you’re driven through the Highlands, including stops at Glencoe and Loch Ness. Stay overnight with daily breakfasts in the harbor town of Portree, where you find local pubs and have plenty of time to explore the Isle of Skye with your guide. Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.
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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from EdinburghMulti-day Tours

2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Discover the Scottish Highlands on a leisurely 2-day trip from Edinburgh that includes overnight accommodation at a hotel or bed & breakfast. Visit two of Scotland’s most popular spots—Loch Ness and Inverness—during scenic drives among pine forests, dramatic castles and charming villages, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers for a personalized experience with your informative guide.
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands from Edinburgh

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See the best of Scotland in one action-packed day on this Glencoe, Loch Ness and the Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Pass Stirling Castle on route to Kilmahog with a guide, then continue through Rannoch Moor to the soaring Highland peaks of Glen Coe. Head along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Fort William and gaze over Ben Nevis — Scotland’s highest mountain. Enjoy free time to explore Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, and learn the famous legend of Nessie! Visit Inverness, then travel through the mighty Grampian Mountains to Edinburgh.
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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart CastleDay Cruises

Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart Castle

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Witness the mythical splendor of Loch Ness and the ruins of Urquhart Castle on this 2.5-hour coach and boat trip from Inverness. Leave behind the bustle of the city for a scenic drive to Clansman Harbour (until April) or Dochgarroch (April - Sep), your cruise launch point. Take a leisurely boat ride to Urquhart Castle – keeping your eyes peeled for the famed Loch Ness monster! – where you’ll learn about the site’s bloody history and enjoy scenic views of the Scottish countryside.
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Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield from InvernessDay Trips

Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield from Inverness

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Immerse yourself in Scotland’s spectacular natural landscapes on a day tour of the Scottish Highlands from Inverness. In a small group limited to eight, you’ll visit Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster at Chanonry Point. Plus, you’ll stop at the Clava Cairns (Stones of Clava), Culloden Battlefield, and Glen Ord Whiskey Distillery.
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from GlasgowDay Trips

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Experience rugged and mythical Scotland on this full-day trip from Glasgow. In a small group, explore the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park and the famous Loch Ness—fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie. Visit historic battle sites like Glencoe, Fort Augustus, and Stirling Castle, where legendary hero William Wallace commanded an infamous fight against the British. Along the way, enjoy free time for optional cruises or tours.
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  • 12 hours
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The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from InvernessDay Trips

The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Explore the landscape and legends of Loch Ness and the Highlands on a sightseeing tour from Inverness by Mercedes mini-coach. Take an optional cruise across the loch to see Urquhart Castle and enjoy an easy-going walk from Invermoriston to see lush forests and waterfalls. This Highlands tour includes pickup and drop-off at a central location in Inverness, and is limited to fifteen people for personal service.
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Isle of Skye Day Trip from InvernessDay Trips

Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

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Travel from Inverness to the Isle of Skye on a 10-hour day trip through the Scottish Highlands. Pass through glens and rugged mountain scenery, with stops at Loch Ness, Broadford and the ruins of Eilean Donan Castle, before reaching the purple heather–swathed hillsides of Skye. Then see the isle of Eilean Ban on the journey back to Inverness.
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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from AberdeenDay Trips

Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen

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The battles, beauty, and whisky: This is your perfect introduction to Scotland.You shed a tear as you hear the tales and tragedies of Scotland’s Jacobite Rising at the Culloden Battlefield. You try to take your best photo as you pass by Scotland’s famous mountains and castles. And you lick your lips as you drink in the spirit of Scottish whisky in Dufftown, ‘the Whisky Capital of the World’.What’s more, you get as close as possible to the legendary Loch Ness Monster on an optional boat trip.So, take this trip and enjoy the best of Scotland in a day.
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Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from InvernessDay Trips

Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Visit Eilean Donan Castle and the spectacular Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness, and explore an iconic Scottish landscape of wind-swept valleys, rock formations, and coastal cliffs. Travel in a Mercedes mini-coach, following a route through the mountains of Wester Ross on your way to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye, then visit the island’s highlights with an experienced guide. This full-day tour departs from central Inverness, and it’s the perfect introduction for first-time visitors to the Isle of Skye.
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from EdinburghMulti-day Tours

3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

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Marvel at the majesty of rural Scotland on this 3-day Isle of Skye and Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Visit the Culloden Battlefield with a guide and learn of Scotland’s Jacobite Rising. Enjoy an optional Loch Ness cruise or Urquhart Castle visit, and gaze over Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh. Discover a relaxed pace of life in the harbor town of Portree, on the Isle of Skye. Take an optional whisky distillery tour in Fort William, then take in the lochs of Tulla and Lomond on route to Edinburgh.
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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from EdinburghHistorical & Heritage Tours

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

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Get a comprehensive look at Scotland during this 5-day journey through its rugged and rural landscapes. Travel through the Lowlands, Northern Highlands, West Coast and the Isle of Skye, including a stop at Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle plus a seasonal railway ride on the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. Enjoy overnight stays in Oban and Fort Augustus , and a 2-night stay in Isle of Skye , with daily breakfasts included
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Tour 2 Bus tours for ships Invergordon, Scotland - Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness etc.Cultural Tours

Tour 2 Bus tours for ships Invergordon, Scotland - Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness etc.

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Save hours researching and planning a Scottish Highlands itinerary, and go on an action-packed bus tour instead. Starting from Invergordon, travel with ease between dispersed sites including Clava Cairns, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness Castle, Urquhart Castle, and Beauty Priory. It’s the ideal tour for travelers with limited time who want to see multiple highlights in a day.
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