Transport and Travel to Inverness and Loch Ness
By Air - Flights to Inverness
Inverness Airport is located some 7 miles east of Inverness / 21 miles from Loch Ness. Direct flights to Inverness from Flybe and Easyjet are available to and from London Gatwick, Luton, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Dublin, Manchester, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Benbecula & Sumburgh - many of which are international airports with global connections, and all flight times within the UK are under 2 hours. With advance booking – some excellent fares are available.
Daily flights (6 days/week during Sept to March) to/from Schipol Amsterdam, which has excellent connections by rail and air from many countries around the world.
Summer arrivals from Jersey, Southampton, Zurich and Dusseldorf and Winter arrivals from Geneva and Innsbruck.
Local transport connections to Inverness are available from outside the airport terminal building, including bus and taxis services. Local and national car hire is also available for arriving and departing passengers.
Other major Scottish airports include: Glasgow, Aberdeen & Edinburgh
The A82 on the north side links Loch Ness is the main trunk route which links Loch Ness along the length of the Great Glen with nearby Inverness – the Capital of the Highlands, in the north, and Glasgow in the south. Inverness links east to Aberdeen and north and North West to Ullapool, Wester Ross, Caithness and Sutherland and points further afield. The B862 on the south side of Loch Ness links the small picturesque villages between Ft Augustus and Inverness, and also links to the A9 south to Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow and points further south. You can also access Loch Ness from the west coast & the Isle of Skye on the A887. There are several companies for car hire at Inverness airport or Inverness city should you choose to travel here by bus, train or plane. The Highlands of Scotland also have a reputation for some of the most challenging and spectacular roads for motorcyclists in the UK…and beyond.
National bus companies including Megabus, Citylink, National Express & Stagecoach will take you from major British cities to Farraline Park Bus Station in the centre of Inverness, where local rural buses provide a service to all Loch Ness and Highland areas. Try Travelinescotland.com journey planner
Telephone: 0871 200 22 33 for timetables for buses,trains, coaches, subway, ferries and Scottish internal flights
Taxis & Local Car & Bus Tour operators
Local Car Tour Operators & Bus Tour Operators offer organised and tailored tours. There are licensed taxi ranks at Inverness airport & Inverness bus & train station. Local Loch Ness tour cars & taxis can be ordered in advance, and many accommodation providers will help you arrange transfers – just ask when booking.
To reach Loch Ness by rail you can travel to nearby Inverness or Ft William. From Inverness there are regular journeys north to Thurso, east to Aberdeen, west to Skye & the Kyle of Lochalsh, and south with direct fast services from Glasgow, Edinburgh and London (including sleeper services). One of the most relaxing and scenic ways to travel to the highlands – most trains will also happily carry your bicycle...
The Great Glen Mountain Bike Trail (80 miles) is a fully way-marked mountain biking route and runs from Fort William to Inverness with sections to suits all abilities. Find out more here. This is just one of the cycle routes that can bring you to the Loch Ness Area. For more info go to:
Arriving at and then exploring Loch Ness & the Great Glen by foot must be the ultimate way to intimately connect with this location. The Great Glen Way runs from Fort William to Inverness, with spectacular views, historical and natural heritage to be discovered all along the way. 73 miles/117km in length, the whole route can be walked in 5-6 days, staying overnight in the various communities within the Great Glen and suits all levels of walker. For more information about the Great Glen Way. There are also routes which run along the South side of Loch Ness- with more under development. Visit the website for South Loch Ness and if you are travelling north through the Great Glen or on the Great Glen Way, the first port of call will be Fort Augustus
The sixty mile long Caledonian Canal connects Loch Ness and the Great Glen to Inverness to the North and Fort William to the south. You can up your chances of seeing the Loch Ness Monster by hiring your own cruiser to sail where you want to go. There are piers, jetties and mooring places along Loch Ness. Most are free of charge. The hotels and pubs welcome boating visitors and there are well-stocked shops along the way with full services in some of the larger villages. If you don’t want to sail yourself, there are some excellent well established Loch Ness cruises that last from a couple of hours to all day (and overnight!).