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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 Glasgow
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow
$71.32 per adult
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Great tour! Stevie our...
Great tour! Stevie our driver was super funny and nice! We had a great time! Amazing views! Totally worth the 12h tour!
MEGAN_L, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Wonderful Highlands Experience
Brenda_S, Aug 2022
Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
So happy to have booked this tour. It was an excellent introduction to the Highlands. Our guide John was so knowledgeable and gracious; it was a pleasure spending the day with him. With a maximum of 8 people the tours feel very personal. We saw Loch Ness, a view of Urquhart Castle, Beauly, Highland cows, Culloden Battlefield, and Clava Cairns. If I'm lucky enough to be back in Scotland I will surely book more tours with the Happy Tours provider.
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Loch Ness tour
Fred_S, Aug 2022
The Complete Loch Ness Experience Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
The man who led the tour was excellent the only sad thing as he doesn’t believe in the existence of the Loch Ness monster😆😆😆 but he did us proud owner tour and he is to be highly commended I think his name was Stuart
star-5
Great trip
Yanan_D, Jul 2022
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow
We had a great day! Our driver is knowledgeable and funny. We will definitely visit Loch Ness and highlands again.
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Great trip!
sarahryan811, Jul 2022
Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch
Beautiful views of Loch Ness...Definitely worth it since the shore in not easily accessible from many places.
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The trip was awesome...
Tasneem_P, Jul 2022
Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow
The trip was awesome Gerry the driver was so knowledgeable and all along the trip filled us up with all the interesting information Loch ness was undoubtedly amazing
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Brilliant Tour
Rob_L, Jul 2022
Half-Day Loch Ness and Outlander Sites Tour from Inverness
Visited the Stones - followed by a brilliant visit to the Culloden battlefield - then a visit to the castle - excellent tour of the inside - we then ended our tour by visiting Loch Ness Richie was a superb guide and did a great job in fully explaining the history of each of the sites visited Highly recommended
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Great Guide
Chris_M, Jul 2022
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Tour guide (Stuart) was excellent - very personable and funny! For me the amount of time in the vehicle versus out of the vehicle was too high but I understand it due to the amount of distance we had to cover. The Loch Ness boat ride was OK but I wouldn't do it again.
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Highlands in a day
Paula_J, May 2022
Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
Thomas was great fun and gave us lots of information and my fellow travellers were very friendly. It was my first day of retirement and visiting Glencoe was a big tick off my bucket list-stunningly beautiful! Loved the boat trip on Loch Ness-again lots of information given.
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Norbert made the trip quite unique ad special for us! Thank you.
Lori_H, Jul 2022
Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh
The boat trip on loch ness, though all the views were enjoyable. We enjoyed the histories told about Scotland, especially saddened by Mary Queen of Scots struggles in her life.
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Best guided tour
Morgan_L, Jul 2022
Half-Day Loch Ness and Outlander Sites Tour from Inverness
This tour was excellent! We absolutely loved our guide Alastair. He showed us the best spots for photos of Loch Ness and gave us some very interesting history of the area. We loved how small our group was and how much time we got at each stop. We only wish we would have booked a fully personalized day tour, which I highly recommend doing. Our last stop of the day was Great Glen Gin and It was delicious and since you cannot get it in the States we just had to buy a few bottles.
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An interesting trip that I would highly recommend.
Lydia_M, Aug 2022
Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal Cruise from Dochgarroch
Jack did a very interesting commentary about all the sights on the way .The boat was comfortable and we were well informed on safety.
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What a vibe ! Thanks Paul E
Satya_A, Jul 2022
Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh
Paul E absolutely made my trip with his cute singing and funny jokes. It makes a huge difference to a trip to have someone with a great vibe take us through a place for the first time. Probably the best tour guide I have ever had on a trip. Kevin was a fantastic and safe driver. The bus was clean and the fellow travellers were nice. I loved my trip. I wish we stopped in more photo stops and had better food to eat. But 🤍 thank you for the lovely trip you guys. Loved it yesterday.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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