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Loch Ness Attractions and Activities

Things to do around Loch Ness

Loch Ness is a treasure trove of attractions, activities and things to see and do. From boat trips on the loch, to the towns, villages and trails that surround it. Perhaps you’re on the hunt for the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Maybe you’re more interested in the rich history of our region. Or you might be longing to soak up our spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. Whatever reason you have for visiting us, you’ll find plenty of things to do around Loch Ness.

You can now experience the loch from all angles on the Loch Ness 360° Trail. Here, you can walk, run or cycle a full loop around the waters, starting and ending in Inverness. The route is split into six sections, which take about a day each to complete. So, you can plan a six-day adventure. Or, just choose one or two sections to explore. There are plenty of great places to stay and places to eat and drink along the way.

Looking for attractions and activities near the loch? See below for our list of fun and fascinating things to do around Loch Ness.

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Loch Ness Attractions and Activities

Monster hunting is one of the most popular activities around Loch Ness. You can search from the shores, or take a cruise on the waters for a closer look. Discover more about the facts and fiction of this mysterious place at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit. Or, enjoy some family fun at Nessieland. You’ll find there’s so much more to Loch Ness than monsters though. Other must-see attractions include the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle, the majestic Falls of Foyers and the tranquil Abriachan Nurseries.

Villages and Towns around Loch Ness

The closest city to Loch Ness is Inverness, where the Loch Ness 360° Trail begins and ends. There are also many picturesque small towns and villages around Loch Ness, which are wonderful to visit. Such as Drumnadrochit, Aldourie, Invermoriston, Abriachan, Fort Augustus, Inverfarigiag, Foyers and Dores.

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