Criuse boat on Loch Ness

Loch Ness Cruises and Boat Trips

Cruise Loch Ness on the beach at Dores

A boat trip is a fantastic way to explore the mysterious waters of Loch Ness. Operating all year round, Loch Ness cruises are always a very popular day trip.

The Changing Seasons

Every season has its special moments. In winter, snow-topped mountains provide a jaw-dropping backdrop to any Loch Ness boat tour. In spring, nature bursts back into life with the fresh, vibrant green of new growth and early blossoms. Summer's colours are warm and bright, with carpets of purple heather covering the hills. The long days and short nights leave plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. Autumn, of course, means the bronzes and golds of the changing of the leaves, and the nip in the air makes the prospect of a hearty meal and a warming dram at the end of the day very appealing.

Explore Nature and History

From the water, you can enjoy the area's historic gems, from the majestic Urquhart Castle to the Caledonian Canal, a wonder of the industrial age that is still very much in use today. You can look out for small villages, crofts and farms that are dotted round this huge stretch of water. If your interest is geology, you can trace the fault lines that make up the Great Glen Way along the length of Loch Ness. Nature lovers can spot a wealth of wildlife on the water, such as indigenous and migrating birds. Or, look for leaping trout and salmon. If you're really lucky you may see an otter or deer on the shore. As for Loch Ness' most famous and reclusive resident monster... keep your eyes peeled, you never know!

Hunt for Nessie

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to around 500AD, when images of an aquatic beast were carved into rocks near the loch. Ever since, sightings of a large, serpent-like creature have been reported. To this day, tourists are attracted to the loch by the idea of a mysterious monster lurking below. There’s no better chance to spot Nessie, than by getting out on the water. Whether you believe the stories or not, it’s an amazing experience.


Loch Ness cruises and boat trips make a great day trip from Inverness, which is just a 30-minute drive away. And, if you want to spend longer out on the loch, boating holidays are hugely popular too.

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