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Loch Ness Tours

Get ready to embark on a picturesque journey with Loch Ness tours that will to the lake which has been the focus of attention over the years. Made famous by the stories of an underwater monster known as Nessie in the early 20th century, today the legendary lake holds its own as a tourist hotspot for those visiting the region. With the magnificent lake and mountain views spanning 23 miles, it’s easy to see why. Though the existence of the elusive Loch Ness Monster is yet to be confirmed, the deep, dark waters of this Scottish Highlands treasure hold such an allure, that folks can’t help but revisit. With a hassle-free booking of Loch Ness Tours from Edinburgh, enjoy the service of expert guides, roundtrip transportation from the city, as well as sumptuous meals which are all inclusive!
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Our tips for Loch Ness

  • Take a road trip. A drive around the loch is a rite of passage when visiting Loch Ness. Head anticlockwise for the best views of the loch and beyond.
  • Spot Nessie or at least her cardboard cut-out. The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition Experience tells the story of the Loch Ness Monster, a folklore that has spanned decades and divided many. Hear the tales of the Loch Ness Monster sightings and make up your own mind about her existence.
  • Stay and play at Aldourie Castle. With its turrets just a flick of Nessie’s tail away from the famous lake, this elegant castle-cum-hotel is well worth a visit. If you have the time, be sure to hunker down in one of the castle’s luxurious rooms overlooking the glen for the ultimate Loch Ness experience.

Good to know

The earliest report of a monster in Loch Ness appeared in a 7th-century publication called the Life of St. Columba by Adomnán, an abbot of Iona.
Holding more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined, Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch by volume.
With a depth of around 755 feet, Loch Ness is the second deepest loch in Scotland, following Loch Morar. Loch Ness spans approximately 23 miles in length and 1.5 miles in width.

Despite being located in the UK, Loch Ness holds more freshwater than all the rivers and lakes in the country combined. The water in Loch Ness is notably dark due to the elevated levels of peat in the surrounding soil. Legend has it that the first reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to the 6th century when Saint Columba allegedly encountered a "water beast" while swimming across the loch. 

The Loch Ness Monster myth again came to the public’s attention in 1933, after a new road that ran alongside the loch opened. Sightings by George Spicer and Arthur Grant respectively in 1933 brought the myth to the forefront. The largest Loch in volume, Loch Ness holds more water than all of the lakes and rivers in England and Wales combined.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to take Loch Ness tour?

    These bitterly cold waters are best experienced (yep, you guessed it!) outside of the bitterly cold winter. Although every season in the Highlands has its charms, Loch Ness tours between the months of May and September are ideal.

  • Q: How do I get around Loch Ness?

    The closest train station to Loch Ness is about 13 miles north in the town of Inverness, with plenty of buses heading to and from the station regularly. However, we advise you to book tours that include roundtrip transfers from the city as it ensures a more convenient and hassle-free experience.

  • Q: How long does it take to get to Loch Ness from Edinburgh?

    It takes around 3.5 hours to reach Loch Ness by road from Edinburgh, but this can differ based on the chosen route and any potential stops during the trip.

  • Q: What are the highlights of a Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh?

    On a Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh, the main attractions include a trip to the renowned Loch Ness, where visitors can enjoy a boat ride or explore the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. Other notable stops include the historic city of Inverness, the Culloden Battlefield, and the delightful village of Fort Augustus.

  • Q: Can I see the Loch Ness Monster on a Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh?

    Although there is no assurance of spotting the Loch Ness Monster, numerous tourists have reported seeing unusual things in the water. Nevertheless, the primary focus of the tour is to admire the area's natural beauty and rich history, rather than actively seeking the monster.

  • Q: Any money saving tip for trip to Loch Ness?

    A number of package deals include round-trip transfers and throw-in visits to a heap of other Scottish Highlands attractions too. For those looking for cheap Loch Ness tours from Edinburgh, be sure to book in advance to get extra bang for your buck.

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