Loch Ness is one of the world’s most famous lakes thanks to its mysterious and hauntingly beautiful setting. Within easy reach of The Kingsmills Hotel, you can join the hunt for its resident monster on an exciting day trip.
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 Loch Ness 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 and the truth remains yet to be discovered. Whatever the truth, Loch Ness has 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!
LOCH NESS CENTRE
The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition Experience 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.
Visitors can book their experience online or call 01456 450 573 for more information.
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.
Visit their website or call 01463 233 999 to book your cruise.
ABRIACHAN GARDEN NURSERY
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.
The Abriachan is open daily from February to November, 9am-7pm. Visitors can call 01463 861 232 or email for more information.
INVERNESS MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
The art, history and heritage of the Highlands can be enjoyed at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. The gallery first opened in 1826 and now covers the geology, archaeology and natural history of the Highlands. Visitors can learn about the evolution of fish by examining fossils, view Pictish symbol stones and fawn over incomparable Inverness silver.
Group bookings are also available. Those interested in visiting can get more information here or by calling 01463 237 114.