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From Inverness: Complete Loch Ness 1-Day Experience

1. From Inverness: Complete Loch Ness 1-Day Experience

Depart Inverness and journey to the deep freshwater lake of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, where, on arrival, you will head to the Clansman Hotel for an optional boat trip across the water. Cruise around the loch for stunning views of the surrounding scenery, and get the chance to see Urquhart Castle from a different perspective. Look for the legendary Loch Ness Monster to work up an appetite, and then enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant. Venture on with a gentle drive to Invermoriston, where you can go on a scenic stroll that showcases flowing rivers, an ancient summerhouse and the ruins of a picturesque stone bridge. Continue to the wee village of Fort Augustus, nestled between Loch Ness and the 60-mile Caledonian Canal. Journet back towards Inverness, stopping for short walks and coffee breaks at the scenic villages of Foyers and Dores before your estimated arrival in Inverness at 5:00 PM.

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Inverness: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Loch Ness Tour

2. Inverness: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Loch Ness Tour

See some superb Highland sights on this 1-day excursion from Inverness, and keep an eye out for the Loch Mess monster. Begin your day out from Inverness, by hopping on board the coach and heading for Urquhart Castle. Spend time for refreshments and photos at the Castle, located on the banks of Loch Ness. From Mallaig, travel to Fort Augustus for a refreshing break, and then to Commando Memorial for a photo stop before heading for the beautiful Glenfinnan Viaduct, well known for the Hogwarts Express Harry Potter Train. Enjoy an hour here to soak up the atmosphere, and get your camera ready for a photo of the train when it crosses the bridge. Then, travel westwards on the picturesque Road to the Isles and arrive in the harbour village of Mallaig in time for lunch. Spend time exploring its harbour and beautiful sea views. From Mallaig, travel to Fort Augustus for a refreshment break, and then on to the Falls of Foyers; an impressive waterfall. Your final stop of the day is Dores Beach; located at the north of Loch Ness. Pause here for time to explore its sandy beach and go Nessie hunting, before returning to Inverness.

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From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

3. From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

Make an early start in Aberdeen and head north to just outside Inverness for your first stop at Cawdor Castle. Dating from the late 14th century, the castle was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor and consists of an ancient medieval tower around the legendary holly tree. Visit the extraordinary castle itself and explore the three gardens. Next, make a quick outside stop at the site of the last major battle on British soil, Culloden Moor, the resting place of 1,500 Jacobite and 50 government soldiers who fought and died here in 1746. Time for lunch on the shores of Loch Ness at the Dores Inn. On a cold day, relax by the cozy log fire and savor lunch from a varied menu of home-cooked food. On a nice day, eat out on the sun terrace or enjoy a drink or two from the ‘The OutDores Inn’ bar soaking up the rays in the large beer garden. After lunch, head to Inverness, the Gateway to the Highlands, and enjoy some free time to explore. Wander through the city, peruse the shops and the best used book store, and stroll along the river taking in the views of Inverness Castle. On the journey back to Aberdeen, stop at Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands nestled at a height of 1164 feet (355 meters) on the northern slopes of the Cairngorm Mountains.

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What people are saying about Dores

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Great 1 day trip round the whole of Loch Ness. Driver/Guide very informative and friendly and his choice of music suited most which was great. Trip is a little twisty, so recommend sitting on the isle and looking forward if get motion sickness. But there are plenty of stops with not too much driving between. Scenery gorgeous.

We had a wonderful day exploring Loch Ness with the best guide ever Kevin. He was full of local knowledge and provided a wonderful day trip even though we were faced with Storm Anwen. Please thank Kevin again on our behalf. Mary and Spencer

Amazing trip - loved every minute - Kev was a great guide, lots of knowledge, super helpful and really friendly. Bus was comfortable and group just the right size, thanks Kev and Rabbies!!

Our guide, Gail, was amazing. We got to see all the amazing sites Loch Ness has to offer. DO THE BOAT TOUR!

This was a very well planned tour made for enjoyable by our driver Willie. He got the tone exactly right.