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Loch Ness

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The Basics

Loch Ness is most often visited during day trips from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen that incorporate other Highlands attractions such as Urquhart Castle, Stirling Castle, Caledonian Canal, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, Cairngorms National Park, and even Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Shorter half-day trips, which typically include boat tours on the lake, typically depart from Inverness, while cruise-ship passengers can take shore excursions from Invergordon. Motorized boat trips are the most common way for visitors to scour Nessie’s lair, though it’s also possible to paddle a canoe or kayak out on the loch, or even take a self-guided cycling trip.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
$73.36 per adult
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Probably the best trip ever
What an absolutely amazing day. Probably the best trip ever. Helped by fantastic weather and the wonderful guide Nik. Nik maximised our experience to take advantage of the great weather. It was fun, friendly and highly interesting. Thanks Nik.
Andrew_B, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Excellent tour
Daniel_T, Sep 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Really good trip it is a lot of traveling and a long day but worth it. The tour guide Ally was very knowledgeable and passionate about his job and his country, the boat trip on Loch Ness was very interesting, took in many sights along the way, the rain just made it even more Scottish
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Lovely views
Kathleen_M, Sep 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Loved the views and the Scottish history given by our guide Bruce. Lochness boat trip was lovely. Took some beautiful pictures.
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Unforgettable, enjoyable Experience
Saad_Alamri, Jul 2021
Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen
My family and I enjoyed the Highlands and Loch Ness Tour. Alice was a knowledgeable and expert tour guide and driver, selecting beautiful locations for us to view Scotland at her best. We had a wonderful day. If time permits, we will book other tours as well. Thank Alice and Rabbies..
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Value for money
Irene_T, Aug 2021
Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise from Clansman Harbour
Trip was very well organised, friendly staff, helpful staff, and thoroughly enjoyable. Felt covid-safe.
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Lovely trip
Agnes_H, Jul 2021
Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise from Clansman Harbour
Lovely trip. Well managed. Felt safe from a covid point of view. Would definitely recommend. Very informative.
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Fantastic boat trip on Loch Ness
Margo_L, Aug 2021
Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch
Fantastic boat trip on Loch Ness. The commentator was very knowledgeable about the lock and history of things on the lock. Well worth the trip. Can be a bit cold outside travelling on the water so take a coat.
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Amazing
Tracy_D, Jul 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh
Amazing scenery really comfortable coach .felt safe to travel everything was clean every one wore masks . Our tour guide Stuart was amazing such a lovely guy .Full of knowledge always asking if we was comfortable. Wish o could have him on every tour
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Refreshing
MohammadZaahid_N, Jun 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow
Very well organised trip and clean comfortable bus. Great trip to escape from the busy city life. Bus driver could have been more lively but overall great experience.
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Trip Through Highlands
Josefine_F, May 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
We had a lovely time on this tour. Great experience after a long Covid-restricted winter. Thank you to Adam for being a great guide through the highlands!
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Wonderful cruise
Lyn_S, May 2021
Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch
The beautiful scenery very good commentary throughout the cruise. Very good covid measures. Lovely staff.
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Worth every penny
Yvonne_D, Sep 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Had the most amazing experience yesterday on the Loch Ness/highlands tour. The whole experience was made so easy by this company, covering all the best places with the most priceless views. Worth every penny, the travelling was made enjoyable by our lovely tour guide Ashleigh who was so knowledgable and friendly, she has a real gift telling historical stories - we learned so much during the day about all the sites we were seeing & Scottish history in general! Highly recommend!
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Highland Fling
Kathryn_F, Apr 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
It was a fabulous day. We had rain, sleet and sunshine. The scenery was beautiful in every type of weather. Ross was very considerate and ensured we all felt safe Re Covid-19. He was very entertaining and made our day trip special

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Rumors about Nessie began when an Irish monk first caught sight of something unusual swimming around the lake’s inky waters back in the 7th century.

  • For more background on the Nessie phenomenon, visit the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition at Drumnadrochit.

  • Wear warm clothes, including a waterproof outer layer, as it can get cold out on the water.

  • Day trips from Edinburgh and Glasgow generally last around 12 hours.

  • The Loch Ness Centre is wheelchair accessible, however most boat trips are not.

  • Bring along a camera so you can document any possible Nessie sightings.

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How to Get There

Loch Ness stretches between Inverness and Fort Augustus, and is one of many such lakes located along the Great Glen. Tours from Inverness, Edinburgh, and Glasgow typically include round-trip transportation to cruise departure points such as Clansman Harbour, Dochgarroch, and Tomnahurich Bridge.

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When to Get There

Boat trips around Loch Ness run year-round, though they are weather-dependent. During summer, the main A82 thoroughfare between Fort William and Inverness sees a lot of traffic and sightseeing cruises often sell out, so be sure to buy tickets in advance.

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How to Maximize Your Chance of a Monster Sighting

For the best chances of glimpsing the fabled Loch Ness Monster, choose a boat that is fitted with special onboard sonar systems to ensure Nessie doesn’t swim by unnoticed. If you're worried the sound of a motor may disturb Nessie, opt for a canoe or kayak tour instead. And if you’d rather stay away from the water altogether, the high lakeside perch which houses the ruins of Urquhart Castle makes for a great viewing spot, with uninterrupted lake panoramas.

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