Take to the Waters on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal

Getting out on the water is a great way to explore the stunning surroundings of Inverness and Loch Ness while enjoying a whole new experience, and there are so many ways to enjoy our waterways that you are certain to find something to suit your style.

Highland Boating Breaks, Loch Ness Cruises and Water Activities near Inverness Loch Ness

Whether you are looking for a leisurely cruise on the Loch and Caledonian Canal, fancy a bit of adventure with a new waterbased activity or simply want the chance to spot our most famous resident Nessie our local operators can accommodate.

Check out these great ways to discover our waterways – and a lot more besides!

Boating Holidays on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.

If you love the water, but want to explore more, then a cruising holiday with Caley Cruisers is a great way to explore our area. Choose a fully equipped motor cruiser from their charter fleet and, after some essential training, you can head out along Loch Ness and beyond, using your boat as a base to discover all that our area has to offer – from the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle perched above Loch Ness, to the lock flight at Fort Augustus an on beyond towards Scotland’s wild west coast. Short breaks and weekly charters available in a selection of vessels to suit your group size.

Enjoy a Pleasure Cruise on Loch Ness

Interested in taking to the water for just a wee while? The Loch Ness cruise operators have you covered! Choose from a selection of cruises with something on offer for every appetite – from serene day and evening guided tours to adrenaline pumping rib excursions on our legendary Loch.

From Inverness, Dochgarroch and the Clansman Harbour, Loch Ness by Jacobite offer a wide range of cruises on their luxurious fleet with audio description, allowing you to choose the duration and itinerary and that best suits your group. Operating out of Fort Augustus, Cruise Loch Ness offer a choice of leisurely motor cruises and wilder rib rides, meaning there is a Loch Ness cruise experience on offer for everyone.

Alternatively, choose a luxury charter cruise with Highland Free Spirits whose dedicated staff can tailor a trip to suit your own specifications


Canoeing, Kayaking and Canyoning in the Loch Ness Area

If you want to get a bit closer to the water then why not take advantage of one of the experienced licensed activity providers in the area to test your watersporting skills with a range of disciplines from kayaking and canoeing to stand up paddle boarding or even gorge walking. Not only do you get to explore our waters, but you can make great memories of a new exciting experience as well. Local activity operators offering water-based fun include Boots n Paddles, Craggan Outdoors and Explore Highland.



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