Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom
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Overview

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.
  • 2.5-hour coach and cruise trip of Loch Ness from Inverness
  • Cruise across the legendary Loch Ness from Clansman Harbour
  • Scan the waters for Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster
  • Explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle and learn about its long past at the visitor center
Your journey to Loch Ness begins in the afternoon with pickup from Inverness Bus Station. Enjoy colorful and historic commentary from your guide on the ride to Clansman Harbour during winter months, or Dochgarroch through summer months. From here, board the cruise ship and take a promenade along the deck as you cross the mysterious and majestic Loch Ness. Enjoy sweeping views of the lake and the surrounding hills, and keep an eye out for the mythical Loch Ness monster, Nessie.
You’ll soon arrive at the storied ruins of Urquhart Castle. Disembark and take an hour to independently explore the medieval site with a graphic and grisly past. Before or after you tour the ruins, head to the visitor center to learn about the historic figures that inhabited or invaded this site such as King Edward I in the 13th century and MacDonald Lord of the Isles during the 15th and 16th centuries. Hear about the rise and fall of the fortress, and the key role it played in the Scottish fight for independence. Don’t leave without checking out some authentic medieval artifacts and snapping lovely photos of Loch Ness from the veranda. Grab a tasty snack and drink at the cafe (own expense) before boarding the coach for the return to Inverness.
Your 2.5-hour tour concludes at the starting point in Inverness by late afternoon.

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p
, Aug 2018

Great experience looking for Nessie on the lake :) And was great to approach the castle from Loch definitely a must when visiting Inverness.

A
, May 2018

This tour is mostly self-guided, but Ian, our driver who took us to and from the boat tour and back to Inverness was highly entertaining and provided us with a lot of information about Loch Ness and its history. We had perfect weather as we enjoyed our hour long cruise down Loch Ness and onto Urquhart Castle. The castle was amazing, and I only wish we had more than an hour to have toured it. If you go fairly quickly you're able to see just about everything, but if you don't feel like rushing, I recommend spending most your time strolling around the castle. The views are stunning, and we were lucky enough to have perfect weather that day. Great tour to go on if you don't want something that will take all day long!

C
, Aug 2017

We had a wonderful time on our tour to Urquhart Castle. The bus driver Allan was amazing. He kept up a stream of story telling throughout our ride to the boat. He then met us at the end and drove us back to Inverness. Someone heard that it was Allan's birthday so we all sung happy birthday to him -- he was wonderful and hilarious! The cruise to Urquhart was just as good with breathtaking views and a they had special kind of chocolate drink with whiskey in it at the bar. The cruise director told us more stories about the lochs and warriors and even sang a couple of Scottish songs. I would definitely recommend taking this trip -- less than 3 hours in total and you see so much! Very enjoyable.

J
, Aug 2017

This was a great, quick way to see these sites. The coach was clean and comfy. Allen guide was entertaining, good driver, and was a clear speaker which sounds trivial but I was having a hard time in Scotland with some of the heavy accents - and I am from Canada and my native language is English!.
We didn't get to spend a lot of time at the Castle so only got to see parts of it - which was OK for us we were a bit Castled out by this point in our European vacation, but if you are wanting to be able to see the whole thing and read every sign, then plan to go back longer. Cute little gift shop that had some unique things that I only found there Heather Honey. Good value for the

S
, Aug 2017

Fantastic tour. Our guide was excellent! Quick trip by boat on the Loch to the castle, perfect timing, Just enough time to feel you've had time to look for Nessie and explore the castle, which is very well preserved for a ruin with lots of visual guides. A very well spent afternoon!

L
, Jul 2017

Had a great time. Very nice! Had beautiful weather, which helped, of course.............sadly didn't see Nessie :

D
, Jul 2017

Loved this tour! Wished more time at Urquhart Castle ruins though. Very crowded and impossible to see movie in time allowed.The room where it was screened was more of a classroom with limited space.. Be aware that there is a bit of walking and climbing small hills and stairs so not for anyone with bad knees etc...The cruise of Loch Ness was wonderful! Be prepared for changeable weather

A
, Jul 2017

Beautiful one hour cruise from the Caledonian canal into Loch Ness. Great guide, lots of interesting information and he even sang us a few songs! Visit to Urquart castle was beautiful, but felt a bit rushed. No time to see the castle and the visitor center, so we just saw as much of the castle as we could and then had to hurry to find where the bus would pick us all up. More than one hour at the castle/visitor center would have been better. Other than feeling a bit rushed at Urquart, we very much enjoyed the tour. Gorgeous scenery on Loch Ness, beautiful and interesting ruins at Urquart.

A
, Jun 2017

Both the guides were knowledgeable. The guide on the boat sang old folk songs which really added to the experience. He was perfect. The bus guide was informative with great tidbits.
Very accessible for handicapped.

A
, Jun 2017

Amazing tour.


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