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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.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart Castle

Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on Loch Ness

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.

Customer Reviews

Glenn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent tour guide Alan. Very informative tour needed a bit longer at the castle, can't do the film and souvenir shop, had to be one or other. However very enjoyable time thanks to Alan's commentary.

Anton H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Really good excursion. The driver had a lot of knowledge about the area and shared many interesting facts. The boat ride gives a great view of Loch Ness and the surrounding area and the castle is amazing. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour, great guide/bus driver

Elisabeth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip - Alan was a great tour host - informative, entertaining and helpful.
All aspects were enjoyable, the coach journey and sights, the boat ride and the castle. With only two days in Inverness this was the perfect way to get a taste of what is on offer.

Trace A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Bus driver/tour guide was great. Lovely boat trip. Just enough time at the Castle.

Mona Y France

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour, very well organized.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

very well organized, first class bus transportation to the Lochness Boat, very knowledgeable tour guides, worth the .

Christopher C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I originally just signed up to do the cruise for an hour but didn't want to get to the hotel starting point, from Inverness, on my own. I decided to see the castle and I'm so glad I opted for this option. I'm happy Nessie wasn't hungry enough to try and eat us. I learned an incredible amount of information about Scotland, past and present, from this tour. If one is limited on time, this is worth it as it's only a couple of hours. Make sure to also watch the 8 minute video about the Castle. I like the showmanship of how they do it. You'll just have to go as I won't ruin the theatrics. By the way, if old enough, get the hot chocolate with Whisky on the Loch.

Erika J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jennifer R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great day trip from Inverness. Our driver Alan provided a really good introduction and commentary. The boat trip out on the Loch was stunning. The one hour to wander around the castle ruins was the perfect amount of time and I snuck into the final 8 minute video session at the information centre which provided a good history of the castle. All in all, great value for money.

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