Discover the story of Loch Ness

Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

If you’re staying with us at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, you’re perfectly placed for a trip to Loch Ness. And when visiting this legendary Scottish loch, your first port of call should be the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit. Based in one of the oldest buildings in the village, this visitor centre will tell you everything you need to know about Loch Ness and its most famous resident … Nessie! The village of Drumnadrochit is a 30-minute drive from Inverness and makes for a great day out.

Discover the story of Loch Ness

The centre opened over 30 years ago, with an exhibition by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Today’s walk-through exhibition has been designed by Loch Ness Project leader and naturalist Adrian Shine. There are seven themed areas, which take you on a journey of discovery. Exploring Loch Ness from its very origins to the present day. With fascinating multi-media displays, you’ll learn about the history of the loch and the legend of the Loch Ness monster. This is a family-friendly attraction and under 6s go free!

The centre also runs Deepscan Cruises at selected times, which will take you out onto the famous waters of the loch and search its depths with the sonar equipment on board.  

Drumnadrochit village

After visiting the exhibition and learning the story of Loch Ness, you only need step out into Drumnadrochit to see the vast loch for yourself. The village is on the shores of the loch, and has a selection of gift shops and eateries. The centre has its own café on site, where you can enjoy a drink and a light bite or indeed a full meal. And not far away is Drumnadrochit’s other big attraction, the ruins of Urquhart Castle.

So, visit Drumnadrochit by Loch Ness and be sure to discover its history and legends at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. You can purchase tickets for the exhibition online in advance. However, please note tickets for the Deepscan Cruises are not available online.


After a day of visiting our local museums and galleries, head back to our hotel to put your feet up. Enjoy a delicious Scottish meal in one of our two restaurants and then sample one of our most famous exports in our Whisky Bar. Get in touch below to choose your perfect room or give our friendly team a call on +44 (0) 1463 257 100 for more information.

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