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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, 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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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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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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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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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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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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 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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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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  • 12 hours
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Full-Day Loch Ness Tour from AberdeenDay Trips

Full-Day Loch Ness Tour from Aberdeen

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Skip the hassle of travel-planning on this full-day tour from Aberdeen to Loch Ness. Traveling in a small group, get insights into the culture and history of the Scottish Highlands as you head for Loch Ness where you can embark on a boat cruise or visit Urquhart Castle (both at own expense). Afterward, continue past the haunting battlefield of Culloden to the Clava Cairns, an evocative circle of prehistoric chambered tomb cairns, before heading back over the mountain roads to Aberdeen.
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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 and the Scottish Highlands Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Marvel at the peaceful majesty of Loch Ness on this 12-hour Scottish Highlands day tour from Edinburgh. Leave Scotland’s busy capital behind and travel deep into the Highlands with a guide. Travel through pretty Kilmahog on route over Rannoch Moor, and enjoy spectacular views over mighty Glen Coe. Spend time at Loch Ness — widely considered Scotland’s most famous lake — and explore Fort Augustus at your leisure. Stop in the pretty Victorian town of Pitlochry, and travel along the banks of Loch Laggan on route back to Edinburgh.
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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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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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Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Take in top natural attractions including Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness on this 1-day tour from Edinburgh. Pass the iconic Stirling Castle on route through the Trossachs, then head onto Rannoch Moor and Glencoe — a region steeped in history. Explore Fort William and Ben Nevis with a guide, then follow the Great Glen to the village of Fort Augustus. After lunch on the shores of Loch Ness, pass Loch Laggan and stop for a stroll in a Highland village. Then, admire the Forth Bridge on route back to Edinburgh.
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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 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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Inverness Local Day TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Inverness Local Day Tour

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All our guests are first class, we work hard to make this trip the highlight of your holiday. No group larger than 8 so everyone get attention, we don’t keep you locked in a van all day and offer many opportunities to get out and explore in your own. To take a tour with us is all about YOU!
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Private Glencoe and Loch Ness Day Trip from EdinburghCultural Tours

Private Glencoe and Loch Ness Day Trip from Edinburgh

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The joy of this tour is the scenery, there will be lots of opportunities to stop for photos. Private tours give you flexibility. You will be picked up from your Edinburgh Accommodations and driven into the Scottish Highlands seeing some of Scotland's most recognisable locations from Glencoe to Fort William. Then have a lunch stop in Fort Augustus before driving along Loch Ness to visit Urquhart Castle. The return journey will take you through Inverness and back down into the Scottish Lowlands passing the famous Forth Bridge before being dropped off at your Edinburgh Hotel.
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Ultimate Loch Ness Highland TourDay Trips

Ultimate Loch Ness Highland Tour

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Tour in one of the most luxurious tour vehicles in Scotland with a knowledgeable and passionate Highland Guide. If you book the BMW X5 this includes chilled bottled water, Scottish snacks/soft drinks and drams of single malt whisky from bottles I select out of my private collection for those who like a whisky plus artisan chocolates that compliment the keynotes of each whisky. No matter where you go in the world, everyone seems to have heard of Loch Ness, the Scottish loch which hides a mighty monster beneath it's depths. People come from far and wide for their chance to see if they can "spot nessie" and we love taking our guests to the Loch and all of the other beautiful places in the area.
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Cycle To Loch Ness - Self GuidedBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Cycle To Loch Ness - Self Guided

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Explore Loch Ness at your own pace on this independent 1-day cycle tour from Inverness. Hop on your bike in Bellfield Park and — with your map and directions to hand — head into rural Scotland toward Loch Ness. Head along winding country roads at your leisure and enjoy fine views over the countryside scenery. Spin through the peaceful village of Dores to the banks of Loch Ness, then perhaps enjoy lunch in a local café before strolling along the shoreline. Bike hire, map and directions are included on this tour.
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Alternative Loch Ness Tour by Secret HighlandsCultural Tours

Alternative Loch Ness Tour by Secret Highlands

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Discover many of the Scottish Highlands’ highlight attractions—as well as locals-frequented areas that many tourists miss—on this full-day tour from Inverness. Meet in the city center, and set off with just a small group for company. Visit scenic Loch Ness and Glen Affric, and explore Plodda Falls: one of Scotland’s tallest waterfalls (take a plunge, if you wish). You’ll also drop by charming villages, will stop for refreshments (own expense), and more.
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Lago Ness, Castillo de Urquhart y panorámica de Inverness (desde Edimburgo)Day Trips

Lago Ness, Castillo de Urquhart y panorámica de Inverness (desde Edimburgo)

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Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s most photographed natural wonders and the legendary home of the mythical Loch Ness Monster. On this tour, journey through the Scottish Highlands to Inverness; enjoy fabulous photo opportunities of Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Urquhart Castle, and the Great Glen; and set sail across Loch Ness on an optional boat cruise.
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  • 12 hours
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Loch Ness & DoresCultural Tours

Loch Ness & Dores

Over 37 miles long, the Loch has more fresh water than all the lakes of England and Wales combined. The true star though is the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie herself, who you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of if she’s feeling sociable! No tour of Loch Ness is complete without trying to catch at least a few pictures of this Scottish wonder.
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Loch Ness Tour. Private TourHop-on Hop-off Tours

Loch Ness Tour. Private Tour

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This is a jam packed fun filled day of exploring everything on the banks of the most famous Loch in the world! Great roads, lovely scenery....good craic.
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