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Soak up the myth and mystery of Loch Ness on a 3.5-hour tour 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.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour coach and cruise trip of Loch Ness from Inverness
  • Cruise across Loch Ness from Clansman Harbor, keeping an eye out for the fabled Loch Ness Monster
  • Explore the emotive ruins of Urquhart Castle on a 1-hour indepenent visit
  • Uncover the mysteries of Loch Ness with a visit to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition
  • Enjoy a round-trip coach tour of the sights of Inverness

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What You Can Expect

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

Take a cruise on Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle

Set off on your 3.5-hour journey to Loch Ness from Inverness Bus Station in the morning. Travel by comfortable coach to Clansman Harbour, enjoying colorful and historic commentary from your guide along the way. 
Situated amongst verdant hills and mysterious waterways, Clansman Harbour offers a launch point into the long stretch of black water known as Loch Ness. Board the cruise ship and stroll the deck as your boat coasts down the river and into the myth-laden lake. Enjoy gorgeous natural vistas and keep an eye out for the mythical Loch Ness monster, Nessie.
After 30 minutes, you’ll arrive at the ruins of Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland largest castles. Disembark and take an hour-long independent tour of the medieval site. Afterwards, 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. Find out about the construction and destruction of the fortress, and the key role it played in the Scottish fight for independence. Don’t miss the display of authentic medieval artifacts before boarding a coach to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. 
At the Centre, you’ll have an hour to independently explore the seven themed, multimedia exhibition areas. Learn about the origin of the Loch Ness monster myth, nestled within the 500 million years of history and legend.
Afterward, relax on the scenic ride back to Inverness, where your tour concludes at the starting point by early afternoon.

Customer Reviews

David G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

First off I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit Loch Ness or Urquhart Castle. For my friends and I, it consisted of short bus ride from the bus station in central Inverness. The driver himself was experienced, professional, and friendly. He made sure to point out all of the important landmarks along the way, things that you wouldn't normally recognize or know if you were traveling alone. The bus drove us along a rode adjacent to Loch Ness until we arrived at the dock of a small cruise boat. It is much colder on the lake than you'd think, even for January, so bring layers! The boat took us to the castle where we were able to explore for a few hours before returning to the bus and driving home. Again, excellent tour and tour guide company. The guided scientific discovery tour of the Loch was the worst part, just a little too cheesy. Even still, I would love to do this again.

Lauren S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very nice. The views were fantastic. It was a great tour.

Nancy N USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our family loved the tour. It was informative, well run, interesting, and a lot of fun. We were glad we did this tour because of the extra stop at the Loch Ness Centre. Our tour guide was great. There was just enough time available for each part of the tour.

Fernando C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

If you travel to Inverness, you must do this tour. It is really fast, especially once you are in Urquhart Castle but it is an amazing experience. Allan was the tour guide and he really knows how to be a funny guide along the way there. 5 STARS!

Fernando C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

If you travel to Inverness, you must do this tour. It is really fast, especially once you are in Urquhart Castle but it is an amazing experience. Allan was the tour guide and he really knows how to be a funny guide along the way there. 5 STARS!

pattipdaws

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour and great price. My step father has some mobility issue, but he was able to tour the castle without any problems. The guide was very knowledgable and helpful.

Deborah G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was fantastic!! Allan was amazing. This truely was the highlight of our time in Scotland!

Trevor Raymond K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a very Scottish bus driver who had great knowledge and a pleasant delivery. This made an excellent tour where we learnt a lot about the specific area and Scotland in general. Highly recommended.

Ausra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour was very well organized. Thank you Viator.

Amos G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very good explanations. All was on time. Good coach and excellent guide.

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