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The Ultimate Loch Ness Experience

Your ultimate Loch Ness adventure. Travel the full length of the loch, explore wonderful waterfalls, and visit cosy villages. No one can resist the mythical Loch Ness: its beauty evokes a sense of wonder, while its monstrous depths are legendary and on this tour, you explore all of it.

You can enjoy incredible views from a cruise, learn about the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle, and explore the less frequented south roads of the loch. Even if the monster doesn’t show up, we can assure you that your guide will bring this loch to life with intriguing tales and history.




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Tour Highlights

  • Loch Ness - Take a chance to go on an optional boat cruise or wander down to this alluring and eerie loch
  • Invermoriston - Go for a wonderful wander through lush forests and cascading waterfalls
  • Fort Augustus - This town of 650 inhabitants is a great spot to watch boats coming in from the Caledonian Canal
  • Foyers Waterfall - “Among the healthy hills and ragged woods, the roaring Foyers pours his mossy floods”
  • Robert Burns. Dores - Visit this eensy-weensy little village for gorgeous views of south Loch Ness
Loch Ness
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Tour Schedule

Loch Ness

This short-day tour lets you discover all the marvellous views and secrets of Loch Ness. You leave Inverness and follow the Caledonian Canal to the source at Loch Ness. After arriving at Loch Ness, you have the choice to either go on a one-hour cruise around the loch or a 30-minute cruise to Urquhart Castle, where you can disembark and explore the ancient ramparts. You travel a short distance to Drumnadrochit, a popular destination for keen monster hunters! You have time here to look around for gifts and sit down for a spot of lunch.

Invermoriston

Next, you venture to Invermoriston, where you can take a short walk to an old summerhouse with views of the river Moriston. Your journey continues South West along the lochside to the furthermost point of the tour at Fort Augustus. Here you can take a picture of the boats coming in through the Caledonian Canal. The slower roads take you through the less-travelled side of Loch Ness. Driving on single-track roads and using passing places is a typical Highland experience. You may stop for a photo and view looking east towards Loch Ness and Inverness. After a twisty drive through forested landscape, you arrive at the forest community of Foyers.

Falls of Foyers

At this stop, you can walk downhill through native pine trees to see the hidden-away Falls of Foyers. This stunning waterfall was a favourite spot for Robert Burns, and if you’re lucky, you may spot a dashing red squirrel. From here, you continue back along the Lochside and past the spooky hamlet of Boleskine to Dores at the eastern end of the Loch. This final viewpoint is the most striking vista of Loch Ness and the Great Glen rift valley. From here, you return to Inverness and arrive in the early evening.



Important Information

  • Discounts for students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old).
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.

Tour Inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide.

Departure Information

  • Departs 11.00 – Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT.
  • Returns 18.00.


FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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