Loch Ness

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Urquhart Castle which includes chateau or palace, heritage elements and building ruins

Scotland’s most legendary attraction, this mysterious loch is said to be home to a mythical monster.

Loch Ness is the largest lake in Scotland by volume. Surrounded by craggy mountains, woodlands and picturesque glens, the loch is hauntingly beautiful. Of course, its fame stems not from its natural scenery but from the infamous Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie. Walk along one of the many wonderful trails around the loch, take a boat tour on its waters and learn more about its fabled resident.

Numerous cruises cross the loch, which is 23 miles (37 kilometers) long and more than 700 feet (215 meters) deep. Tours depart from Fort Augustus and Inverness. Many boats include sonar equipment and underwater cameras, ready to catch a glimpse of Nessie.

Walk along the shore of the lake or follow one of the challenging surrounding trails. The 79-mile-long (127-kilometer) Great Glen Way stretches from Inverness to Fort William, passing some of the country’s loveliest scenery along the way. The South Loch Ness Trail traverses the loch’s less explored south shore. Hike or cycle along this 28-mile (45-kilometer) trail, while enjoying sweeping views of the loch.

You may not be able to glimpse the elusive Loch Ness Monster during your visit, but you can learn more about her at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. Stop at the center for a general overview of the loch with a focus on the legend of its monster. Sightings of the monster from A.D. 565 to the present are documented through photos, audio and video.

Check out the views of the loch from the top of Urquhart Castle’s five-story tower house. The castle’s location on a promontory overlooking the loch makes it a popular Nessie-watching spot. Destroyed and rebuilt numerous times over the centuries, most of the ruins date back to the 16th century. See displays of medieval artifacts recovered from the castle and watch a movie about its history in the video theater.

To get here, take the bus from Inverness to Fort William, which includes several stops along the shores of Loch Ness. No visit to Scotland is complete without a trip to this iconic loch.

Whitebridge Hotel
Whitebridge Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Whitebridge, Inverness, Scotland
The price is ¥11,292 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Situated in Inverness, this bed & breakfast is 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from The Falls of Foyers and 27.5 mi (44.3 km) from Culloden Battlefield.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (106 reviews)
great place to wind down
"rooms were a good size spotless and really quiet"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2021

Whitebridge Hotel
The Highland Club
The Highland Club
4 out of 5
St Benedict's Abbey, Fort Augustus, Scotland
The price is ¥34,997 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Situated in Fort Augustus, this country house is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Clansman Centre and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Allt na Criche. Lochaber Geopark and Invergarry ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (66 reviews)
Short stay
"It was a nice experience, owing to the unusual nature of the building. The pool was nice and relaxing"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

The Highland Club
Loch Ness Clansman Hotel
Loch Ness Clansman Hotel
3 out of 5
Brackla, Loch Ness-side, Inverness, Scotland
The price is ¥12,851 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, Urquhart Castle, and Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre. Eden Court ...
3.7/5 Good! (493 reviews)
Lovely place beautifully situated
"Lovely place and had a great stay there. Would definitely go again!"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

Loch Ness Clansman Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Luxury flat in old Abbey: Wi-Fi, pool, tennis, bbq. Walk to pubs & restaurants
Luxury flat in old Abbey: Wi-Fi, pool, tennis, bbq. Walk to pubs & restaurants
Fort Augustus, SCT
This family-friendly Fort Augustus apartment building is located on the waterfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Clansman Centre and Allt na Criche. Invergarry & Fort ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (41 reviews)
Fort Augustus Highland club
"Lovely property in a beautiful area. Fort Augustus is a great base to explore the Scottish highlands"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Luxury flat in old Abbey: Wi-Fi, pool, tennis, bbq. Walk to pubs & restaurants
Millfield Self Catering Accommodation
Millfield Self Catering Accommodation
3 out of 5
Market Hill, Fort Augustus, Scotland
Situated on the riverwalk, this cabin is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Clansman Centre and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Allt na Criche. Lochaber Geopark and Invergarry & Fort ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (29 reviews)
"Near to town centre and easily accessible. Good correspondence from the owner and the accommodation was very clean and well equipped."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2021

Millfield Self Catering Accommodation
Mor Carraig - Stunning Views Of Loch Ness - Perfect For Families And Couples
Mor Carraig - Stunning Views Of Loch Ness - Perfect For Families And Couples
Inverness, SCT
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, Inverness Botanic Gardens, and Urquhart Castle. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Interesting hideaway above Loch Ness
"Spacious property with great views. Sitting room could do with a better layout and the property would benefit from a deep clean. Property manager was very helpful and friendly and the bottle of Proseco a very welcome surprise."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Mor Carraig - Stunning Views Of Loch Ness - Perfect For Families And Couples
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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