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Loch Ness Cruises

Loch Ness Cruises

Gazing out over the misty waters of Loch Ness is one of the best reasons to venture north into the Scottish Highlands. Whether you want to soak up the scenery or hunt down the famous Loch Ness monster, here are our top picks for Loch Ness cruises.

Highlights

  • Admire views of the Great Glen, the Caledonian Canal, and Urquhart Castle as you cruise around Loch Ness

  • Cruises typically last an hour and include audio commentary to ensure you don’t miss anything

  • Most tours include hotel pickup and transfers to Clansman Harbour or Dochgarroch

  • Some tours include entrance to lakeside attractions such as Urquhart Castle or the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

  • Learn more about the natural wonders of Loch Ness, the history of the lake, and the legend of the Loch Ness Monster at the Loch Ness Centre

Cruises From Inverness

The easiest way to visit Loch Ness is from neighboring Inverness. A boat cruise offers panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding hills, typically leaving from Clansman or Dochgarroch Harbour and often including a visit to the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle or the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition.

Full-Day Tours From Edinburgh

For those short on time, it’s possible to visit Loch Ness on a full-day tour from Edinburgh. The lake is about a 3.5-hour drive north of the capital, so tours often take in other Scottish Highlands highlights along the way. Enjoy stunning views over Glencoe; spot Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis; or drive through the rugged Grampian Mountains.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster and traverse the picturesque Cairngorms National Park. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Glencoe and Ben Nevis from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Glencoe and Ben Nevis from Edinburgh

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Explore the stunning Scottish Highlands on a full-day excursion that includes Glencoe and Loch Ness. Set own from Edinburgh aboard a comfortable coach bus to experience some of the area's top sights and attractions. Visit to Callander "Gateway to the Highlands", learn the fascinating history of Glencoe—a village made modernly famous as a setting for 'James Bond' and 'Harry Potter' films—and opt to take a boat cruise upon iconic Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the famous 'Nessie' as you go.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

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See the best of Scotland in one action-packed day on this Glencoe, Loch Ness and the Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Pass Stirling Castle on route to Kilmahog with a guide, then continue through Rannoch Moor to the soaring Highland peaks of Glen Coe. Head along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Fort William and gaze over Ben Nevis — Scotland’s highest mountain. Enjoy free time to explore Loch Ness and learn the famous legend of Nessie! Pass by Inverness, then travel through the mighty Grampian Mountains to Edinburgh.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.76
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this full-day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness—fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie. Spot the famous Urquhart Castle en route and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.41
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

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This full-day Scottish Highlands tour takes you on a scenic drive from Edinburgh to the fabled Loch Ness. The journey travels by coach across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, where you’re treated to a locally made picnic lunch. Take an optional boat ride on the legendary loch in search of ‘Nessie’ before the return trip over the Drumochter Pass and through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire, with views of the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge.
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  • 12 hours
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