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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.

Highlights

  • 2-hour Loch Ness sightseeing cruise and Urquhart Castle visit from Clansman Harbour
  • Marvel at the incredible natural beauty of Loch Ness and the surrounding greenery
  • Relax on the comfortable cruise boat, taking a seat inside or on the open-air top deck
  • Cruise across Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster
  • Enjoy one hour of free time to explore the emotive ruins of Urquhart Castle

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What You Can Expect

Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise and Visit to Urquhart Castle

Explore Loch Ness by boat and stop for a visit of Urquhart Castle's emotive ruins

Choose a morning or afternoon start time for your 2-hour tour of the Loch Ness area, then head to the cruise launch point in Clansman Harbour (10 miles from Inverness). From here, board the open-air boat and stroll 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.

Your 30-minute cruise on the lake’s dark waters brings you to the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle. You’ll have an hour to independently explore the site with its gory history of warfare and rebellion. 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 site’s architectural history, and the key role it played in the Scottish fight for independence. Finish with look at some fascinating medieval artifacts and stunning views of Loch Ness from the veranda.

After an hour, head back to the boat for the return cruise to Clansman Harbor. Your tour concludes here.

Customer Reviews

Sandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very relaxing tour, lots of info for those who need it. Helpful staff.

Jenni K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We did the Tour a few days ago and we absolutely enjoyed it.
The wheather was great and we had lots of fun.
It took us about 30 minutes to the Urquhart Castle and we made many lovely pictures.

Pam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Just perfect. Fantastic way to experience Loch Ness and its history. Urquhart Castle was amazing and you needed the hour there to see it.

Beverly P

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

The cruise was ok. They herded lots of people on the boat and drove slowly to the castle. Dropped us off for one hour and then came back for us. Glad it didn't cost much as it was nothing special.

Paul R

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

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karen s

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

beautiful scenery smooth access boat and enough time to walk around castle

Jillian C

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

It was a good cruise and walk around the castle. the 2 hours gave you more than enough time to see everything. it leaves through Clansman Harbor which was about a 20 pound taxi ride one way which was a little inconvenient but still worth the trip.

Sam

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Really enjoyable, would highly recommend

UKTour

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

We had beautiful weather for a cruise on Loch Ness. The boat provided great information on the history of the castle and the mystique of the Loch.

Karen L

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

This tour was amazing!

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