The mysterious waters of Loch Ness are world famous. Legend has it that a serpentine beast, the Loch Ness Monster, lurks beneath its surface. In fact, there are many great myths and tales that surround this region. And although it’s great fun to hop onboard a boat cruise for a spot of Nessie hunting, there’s so much more to see in this magnificent part of Scotland. From ancient castles to spectacular waterfalls, surrounded by the breath-taking scenery of the Highlands. Loch Ness holidays are full of mystery, adventure, tranquillity, history, beauty and nature.
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There are so many attractions and activities to enjoy around Loch Ness. With several small towns and villages surrounding the banks of the Loch. So whether you’re here for a short break, weekend, or a longer stay, you’ll find plenty of things to do.
On the western shores, you can visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit. Here you’ll discover more about the legend of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, and decide for yourself what is fact and what is fiction. Or, for a great family day out, there’s the Nessieland caves, playpark and activity centre. Also in Drumnadrochit, you’ll find the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle. And a little further up in Abriachan, the beautiful Abriachan Garden Nursery and Forest Trails.
Right at the southernmost tip of Loch Ness, there’s the lovely village of Fort Augustus, gateway to the Caledonian Canal. It’s also home to the Clansman Centre, where you can get a taste of Highland life in the 17th century. Walking or cycling the South Loch Ness Trail is an amazing way to see this whole area.
Of course, your Loch Ness holidays wouldn’t be complete without a boat trip on the loch itself. There are many cruise companies dotted around the loch, such as Jacobite Cruises, Beastie Boats and Cruise Loch Ness. Here, you can learn the history of these ancient waters and keep your eyes peeled for Nessie along the way!
The closest airport to Loch Ness is Inverness Airport, which you can fly to from many major UK and continental airports. There are daily flights from London Gatwick and Heathrow. You can easily travel to and from the airport by car, bus, train or taxi.
Inverness also has excellent bus links, with a central bus station and railway station in the city. So, your onward journey to Loch Ness towns and villages like Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit couldn’t be easier. If you prefer to drive, you can hire a car from the airport.
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