What’s a holiday in Inverness without exploring the mighty Loch Ness? With monster myths and ancient legends, no other place in all the world can boast a more magical, mysterious heritage. It’s a place of wonder and curiosity. A place where history and legend meet. A place that feeds the imagination. In short, it is a place every Highland-bound traveller can’t afford to miss. So to help you plan a day out in Loch Ness, we thought we’d share some of our favourite things to do in Loch Ness.
Loch Ness Cruises: Monster Hunting On Loch Ness
One of the best ways to explore the mighty Loch Ness is by boat. And for the ultimate Loch Ness cruises, there is no better tour operator than Loch Ness by Jacobite. Explore the deep and mysterious loch by sailing its legendary waters. Learn all about the Loch Ness Monster. And visit ancient Highland sites and historical attractions along the way.
Cruise Loch Ness: There are a number of different tours to choose from that depart from Inverness Bus Station. Alternatively, you can depart from Tomnahurich Bridge, a mile and a half from Inverness city centre close to the beautiful Ness Islands.
Urquhart Castle: Historic Things To Do In Loch Ness
After cruising Loch Ness in search of Nessie, discover a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic. The ruins of Urquhart Castle are one of our favourite places to explore in the Scottish Highlands. As one of the greatest castles in the Highlands, the story of Urquhart Castle is writ in the many wonderful artefacts left behind by its ancient residents. With a distinctly Highland heritage, the site has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in Highland history. Once one of the largest castles in all of Scotland, Urquhart Castle was a strategic key to holding the North. An iconic castle overlooking an equally iconic loch, it played an important role in the Wars of Independence. Today, visitors travel far and wide to walk among these ancient ruins and discover the splendour of Urquhart Castle for themselves.
Visit Urquhart Castle: You can visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle all year round (with the exception of Christmas and Boxing Day). Adverse weather conditions may cause the site to close unexpectedly at short notice. Tickets can be purchased in advanced online.
The Falls of Foyers: Outdoor Things To Do In Loch Ness
From historic attractions to natural wonders, Loch Ness and Inverness has a lot to offer. From Urquhart Castle, venture further south to the sleepy village of Foyers and discover the might and majesty of the Falls of Foyers. Follow a short but spectacular walk from the heart of the village that will lead you to one of the must see sights of South Loch Ness – a 140ft waterfall set in a dramatic gorge.
See The Falls Of Foyers: You can take a bus to Foyers, or park your car at Upper Foyers (near the shop and café). Then simply follow the steep and beautiful 3-mile path to the spectacular Falls of Foyers.
Walking And Cycling Trails: Discover ActiveNESS
Loch Ness is a haven for adventure lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Which means there are a number of great walking and cycle trails all around Loch Ness and Inverness. For cyclists, the sleepy south side of the loch offers a range of quiet country roads with spectacular views overlooking the loch. For avid walkers, there are many long-distance trails from Loch Ness across the Scottish Highlands. But for anyone looking to enjoy a picturesque stroll in Loch Ness, there are many beautiful shorter woodland walks on either side of the loch.
Loch Ness Riding: Horsey Things To Do In Loch Ness
If walking and cycling in Loch Ness isn’t your cup of tea, head to the breath-taking town of Dores (just south of Inverness) and take in the sights and sounds of beautiful Loch Ness from horseback with Loch Ness Riding. Rides are between 1 to 3 hours, but day rides and multi-day rides can be arranged.
So there you have it. A range of things to do and places to see in Loch Ness. To find out more about visiting Loch Ness during your Inverness holiday, or to book your accommodation in Inverness, speak to us today.