Loch Ness Tours & Holidays
Join us on holiday to Loch Ness
Encompassing an area totalling 23 miles between Inverness and Fort Augustus, Loch Ness provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland.
While it may be best known for its legendary serpent, Nessie, visitors to this stretch of the Scottish Highlands will find plenty to do both on and off the water. Explore the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle, stroll around the village of Fort Augustus and learn about the history of the Caledonian Canal - Loch Ness holidays are suitable both for visitors looking to explore the great outdoors and those craving relaxation in serene settings.
The loch itself - which contains more water than every lake in England and Wales combined - offers a great array of wildlife-watching opportunities, including the chance to spot ospreys, otters and golden eagles. Forming part of the scenic Great Glen Way, the area can be visited on day trips from Fort William and Inverness, and Loch Ness tours can also be combined with visits to popular nearby destinations such as Ben Nevis, Loch Lomond, and the Isle of Skye. Whether you're planning a solo trip, considering a romantic break or setting off on a group tour, this charming part of the United Kingdom offers plenty to delight.
Things to do at Loch Ness
One of the top destinations to visit in Scotland, there's a reason why Loch Ness attracts millions every year (and it's not just for a chance to spot a monster!) Gorgeous scenery and ancient ruins make the area a delight to visit, with close links to other iconic spots in the Scottish Highlands.
The Caledonian Canal
Pay a visit to the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre to learn about the history of this canal, which stretches from Inverness to Fort William, and its 19th-century construction.
Take a Loch Ness boat tour
Take in the rugged mountainous scenery, snap photos of ancient ruins and try to catch a glimpse of Nessie, or the slightly less elusive resident wildlife.
Step in the Abriachan Forest
Step off the tourist trail and into the Abriachan Forest, home to a variety of hiking trails and more gentle walks as well as panoramic views and a replica Bronze Age hut.
Things to see at Loch Ness
Take a look through our gallery of interesting things to see at Loch Ness. From monster watching to gentle hikes, this iconic corner of Scotland is well worth a trip.
Food and drink at Loch Ness
Refuel after your Loch Ness monster tour with a "Burns supper".
This traditional dish consists of haggis, Scotland's national dish, and "neeps and tatties" - mashed turnips and potatoes.
Unlike its English counterpart, Scottish porridge is made with salt rather than sugar - earlier recipes even included vegetables like peas. It's still a popular breakfast today and makes a hearty start to a day tour sightseeing in the highlands.
There are around 50 distilleries located across the Highlands, producing a fantastic variety of styles and flavours. Just a few miles south of Loch Ness lies Tomatin whisky distillery. Whiskies produced here have received much acclaim for their mellow, fruity tones - showcasing a softer side to the Highlands.
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