Gazing out over the misty waters of Loch Ness is one of the best reasons to venture north into the Scottish Highlands. Whether you want to soak up the scenery or hunt down the famous Loch Ness monster, here are our top picks for Loch Ness cruises.
- Admire views of the Great Glen, the Caledonian Canal, and Urquhart Castle as you cruise around Loch Ness
- Cruises typically last an hour and include audio commentary to ensure you don’t miss anything
- Most tours include hotel pickup and transfers to Clansman Harbour or Dochgarroch
- Some tours include entrance to lakeside attractions such as Urquhart Castle or the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition
- Learn more about the natural wonders of Loch Ness, the history of the lake, and the legend of the Loch Ness Monster at the Loch Ness Centre
Cruises From Inverness
The easiest way to visit Loch Ness is from neighboring Inverness. A boat cruise offers panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding hills, typically leaving from Clansman or Dochgarroch Harbour and often including a visit to the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle or the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition.
Full-Day Tours From Edinburgh
For those short on time, it’s possible to visit Loch Ness on a full-day tour from Edinburgh. The lake is about a 3.5-hour drive north of the capital, so tours often take in other Scottish Highlands highlights along the way. Enjoy stunning views over Glencoe; spot Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis; or drive through the rugged Grampian Mountains.