Loch Ness

Loch Ness is one of the world’s most famous lakes thanks to its mysterious and hauntingly beautiful setting. Easily reached from The Kingsmills Hotel, you can join the hunt for its resident monster on an exciting day trip.

The Loch Ness Monster

By volume, Loch Ness is Scotland’s largest lake. The loch itself is 20 miles long and as deep as 700 feet. However, various legends imply that parts of the loch are bottomless. Or that ancient tunnels connect it to the ocean. Some say that this is how primordial creatures found their way into the Loch and became trapped. Only to become the ancestors of Nessie. As with many stories connected to Loch Ness, the lines between fact and fiction are frequently blurred. The truth remains undiscovered. Whatever the truth, these waters have exercised a pull on the imagination that has kept people coming back for generations. Visit for yourself and you may also fall under Nessie’s spell!

Things to do around Loch Ness

The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition will delight first-time and seasoned visitors alike, with detailed information about the loch itself, its ecology and of course, its mystery resident. Over 500 million years of history is uncovered during this experience, explaining both the facts and legends behind this world famous location.

One of the best ways to experience this mysterious loch is by boat. Head on board one of the Jacobite Cruises and sail round the loch, past the ruins of Urquhart Castle as local tour guides share their knowledge. Cruises last from between 1 and 6 hours to provide a complete experience.

Urquhart Castle, on the shores of Loch Ness is a great place to visit on your trip around Loch Ness. Climb the Grant Tower for stunning views over the loch, explore the ruins and learn more about Scotland’s fascinating past. You can view artefacts once owned by past residents, along with replica items. And hear the the many stories of Urquhart Castle, including St Columba’s 6th century miracles, and the MacDonald Lords struggle for power.

The Abriachan Garden Nursery features some of the most beautiful plants in the area, as well as enchanted pathways for the whole family to explore. 

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