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From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Tour

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From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Tour

From US$ 50.32 per person

Spend a day hunting for Nessie, cruising on Loch Ness, and exploring the village of Fort Augustus. Visit the ruined Urquhart Castle and wander to the Falls of Foyers and Dores Beach on this fantastic full-day tour.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Visit Loch Ness to hunt for Nessie
  • Explore the village of Fort Augustus
  • See the ruins of Urquhart Castle
  • Admire the beautiful Falls of Foyers
  • Stroll along the sandy shore at Dores Beach
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Leave Inverness in the morning and follow the beautiful Caledonian Canal to its source at Loch Ness. The loch is home to the famous Loch Ness monster, affectionately known as Nessie. You'll spend most of the morning at Loch Ness, allowing plenty of time to look for Nessie. Choose to take a 5-star cruise across the loch to Urquhart Castle. If you’d rather see the loch from the shore, then stay on board the bus and your driver will take you to Urquhart Castle. Explore the ruins of the castle, enjoy the visitor center, and soak up the atmosphere of Scotland’s most famous Loch. Your tour continues to Invermoriston, where you'll pause to take photos of the bridge and Columbus Well. Afterwards, journey to Fort Augustus, the furthermost point of your full-day Highlands tour. Fort Augustus is a small town of only 650 people and a perfect spot to watch boats passing through the Caledonian Canal while you enjoy your lunch. After lunch you'll begin the journey back to Inverness, stopping at the Falls of Foyers. The waterfall was a favorite retreat for poet Rabbie Burns, and is truly breathtaking. Enjoy plenty of time here to appreciate the landscape before continuing on to Dores to see Dores Beach. Spend a short while wandering the sandy shoreline before boarding the bus for the final time and returning to Inverness.
  • Return bus transportation from Inverness
  • Driver/guide
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entry to attractions
  • Loch Ness cruise
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Stand 6, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret Street, Inverness, IV1 1LT.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

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  • This tour operates in all weather conditions
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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 90 reviews

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We are a group of four travelling from Teesside and booked this tour to see and learn more about the Scottish Highlands….and we weren’t disappointed. The tour was superb, scenery breathtaking….but made all the better by Ray, our driver and all-round expert of the area. How he remembered all that information and dates is staggering….would highly recommend this tour.

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September 8, 2021

Tour to Loch Ness was good despite the weather was not on our side on & off. Loch Ness is a beautiful scenic lake, the views are breath taking. Comfortable ride throughout. However we were slightly disappointed with the cruise as we were led to believe it was a 2 hour cruise covering Urquhart castle which was not the case. Loch Ness tour was value for money however the cruise was not. Loved exploring the Fort Augustus too. Guide Ian as promised sent group pictures of everyone on tour which we can add to our memories.

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August 13, 2021

absolutely fantastic tour from start to finish,extremely well organised and our tour guide ray was brilliant as well as giving us information about all the sites we visited also gave us a few insights into scottish history as we were travelling between our destinations,his enthusiasm and knowledge along with some excellent celtic music while we travelled made this one of the best holiday experiences we have ever had.

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August 4, 2021

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