Loch Ness sits between Scotland’s northern city of Inverness and small town Fort Augustus. The 23-mile Loch is home to one of Scotland’s most famous creatures: the Loch Ness monster, or Nessie as she is more fondly known. For many who grew up in Scotland the image of Nessie is synonymous with the mystery and traditions of the Highlands. Despite knowing better, both locals and tourists to the Loch will find themselves hoping for a glimpse of the fantasy sea creature.
Tours to Loch Ness offer the opportunity to drive through the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Here visitors can learn about the history of the north, pass by landmarks and battlefields north of the central belt, be enveloped by Glen Coe’s mountain range and marvel at Britain’s tallest peak Ben Nevis. Loch Ness is reached by driving north from Edinburgh; regardless of the tour option guests select they should expect a long, but beautiful, journey.
FROM: €48/per person
Take this tour for the best of the Highlands. Departing Edinburgh bound for Loch Ness, pass by historic landmarks of Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Linlithgow Palace to reach magnificent scenery of Glen Coe and Fort Augustus. On arriving at Loch Ness guests are given the option of taking a one hour boat ride of the Loch. Following this, the tour will head on to the Cairngorms National Park for views of towering mountain ranges and Loch Laggan. The journey will pause at the Victorian town of Pitlochry, before returning to Edinburgh. Groups comprise of a maximum of 16 people, led by a local guide.
From €54,80/ per person
This full day tour takes in stunning scenery, infamous Lochs and a little whisky along the way. Departing from Edinburgh, the first stop will be Deanston Distillery where guests can enjoy breakfast or a tour of the distillery, note that this is not included in the price of the tour. Pass through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, before moving on to Fort William and the staggering mountain range of Ben Nevis: the highest in Britain. Stop at the village of Fort Augustus where there will be the option to take a cruise along Loch Ness. Guests will the explore the natural vegetation and waterfalls of the Cairngorms National Park, reaching Pitlochry before returning to Edinburgh.
From €140/ per person
This tour allows two days to fully immerse in the natural beauty of the Highlands. Depart from Edinburgh, heading west through Glasgow, to reach Loch Lomond and the sandy beaches of Luss, glimpsing the towering peaks of Ben Lomond mirrored in the Loch. The drive will navigate the narrow roads north, passing Glen Coe, to arrive at Fort William, with Ben Nevis neighbouring this small town. Here you will spend the rest of the afternoon and night in the town. The next day is dedicated to exploring Loch Ness, where guests can opt to cruise the Loch and visit Urquhart Castle, neither are included in the price of the tour. The next stop is the local whisky distillery, where guest are invited to learn how to make the perfect dram, sample the barrels and purchase their own. Finally stop off in Perth and Kinross, before returning to Edinburgh in the early evening.