• Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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If you have time for one attraction in Scotland, Loch Ness is a must. This site of natural beauty brings visitors from across the world all year round. Your package includes the sightseeing cruise ticket, as well as round trip travel by boat and coach to Urquhart Castle. What you’ll love: the spectacular views along the Caledonian Canal, learning about the region’s history, and a stress-free ride back to Dochgarroch Lock.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour sightseeing cruise along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness
  • Take in sites of interest such as Aldourie Castle and Bona Lighthouse
  • Visit the 13th- to 16th-century ruins at Urquhart Castle
  • Travel out by boat and back by coach with a guide
  • Gain insight into the history and mythology for which Loch Ness is famous

What You Can Expect

Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise including Urquhart Castle

Jacobite Rebel

Hop aboard your sightseeing boat at 2:30pm at Dochgarroch Lock, and cruise gently out onto the waters of Loch Ness to begin your tour. Then, sit back and relax on the journey along the historic Caledonian Canal — widely considered among the prettiest stretches of Loch Ness.

With your skipper at the helm, admire top landmarks including Aldourie Castle, Bona Lighthouse, and the crash site of a World War II Wellington Bomber from the water. Along the way, watch the on-board sonar for sightings of Nessie!

During your tour, enjoy a 1-hour visit to Urquhart Castle — a site of 13th- to 16th-century ruins nestled on the banks of Loch Ness. Afterward, return via coach to your departure point at Dochgarroch Lock and listen as your guide sheds light on the region’s rich history, legends, and myths.

Customer Reviews

Leah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was exactly as described. The cruise left on time and was lovely. The bus left a little early and everyone was waiting for us. Leave a bit of time to find the bus. It will be well above the building.

Geoffrey P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Excellent a rewarding trip with informative and entertaining guides both on the Cruise and return coach trip. The only downside was the very steep climb from Urquhart Castle to the return coach departure point.

Dawn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved this tour the boat ride was just right and the Castle time was perfect, then a nice bus ride back to the center of town!

Samantha G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Highly recommend! The tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining, the ship was really comfortable and had lots of viewing options for all weather, as well as an on board bar! The castle was incredible. I and #39;d recommend watching the video in the visitor centre too.

J C L United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very enjoyable day. The rain held off thankfully. We had lunch at the restaurant near the car park and then we got on the Jacobite Cruises' newest boat. Went across Loch Ness and then got dropped off at Urquhart Castle. Then a coach came and took us back to the car park. Good day but wouldn't like to do it on a miserable day as the castle is very exposed

Kenneth B

4 star rating: Recommended August 2017

The boat trip itself was a beautiful and informative one, with helpful comments along the way, and the bus ride back to the docks was similarly informative. The only down side was not providing enough time to explore the castle. We were encouraged to view the film before exploring the castle, which involved some time waiting in line, a few minutes viewing, and of course getting out of the theater we later learned that the film could have been viewed on YouTube, which would have given us more time to explore the castle itself. Better yet, give us about a half hour more time before loading us on the bus to return. I heard the same complaint from others, so I think it's a real problem with an easy solution. Still, we were pleased with the trip overall.

Katerina P

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2016

I am sure that this tour is really wonderful, but if I can provide advice - do not rely on the standard bus system to get to the Dochgarroch docks. I did - but the buses are often late and there is no guarantee that they will stop when they should. Due to mine stopping 3 km later and me walking on the side of the road all the way back I have missed the trip. I am not angry - these things happen - but if you plan to do this tour, get the hop on hop off ticket for Inverness bus - the docks are the last stop.

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