Always popular with visitors to Scotland and people who want to see a bit more for the Country, Loch Ness is the highlight of our Loch Ness and the Highlands of Scotland Tour from Edinburgh.
If you have never visited the Scottish Highlands before, Loch Ness is a great place to start.
The loch itself is the second largest Scottish loch covering more than 700 square miles and comprises of several rivers. It’s surrounded by stunning countryside and beautiful scenery that you don’t want to miss.
Here’s some of our Gray Line Scotland's tour guides tips of what to look out for there.
1. Nessie: The Legendary Loch Ness Monster
Number one our list has to be the one that everyone knows, the Loch Ness Monster!
Sightings of the monster date back to the 16th century when Nessie is said to have swallowed 3 men!
The most famous photograph of the famous monster was taken in 1934 by which turned out to be a hoax but there have many been pictures and stories over the years, our tour guides can tell you a few!
2. The Village of Drumnadrochit
On Loch Ness's northern shore, the village of Drumnadrochit is a beautiful little village where you will find lots of cafés, and gift shops. It's also the home to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition.
Look out for a lovely village green, original buildings and some great views.
3. Cruise Loch Ness
What better way to see the loch than on it. We highly recommend a Cruise Loch Ness trip. Departing from Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness, you can see just how immense and spectacular the loch is. Look out for Cherry Island, the loch’s only island and amazing views of Fort Augustus Abbey.
If you want to see what’s going on under the water, the boat has a top of the range Sonar equipment with live images.
4. The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition
The 5 star exhibition was opened over 30 years ago by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. There, you can visit seven different themed areas exploring Loch Ness from its beginnings to the current date
It’s a great place to find out all there is to know about the loch and it’s monster, do a bit of shopping and have a spot of lunch
5. Fort Augustus
Fort Augustus, at the south end of Loch Ness is a favourite spot for tourists with its picturesque setting on the Caledonian Canal. It’s a great spot to sit and watch the boats head out into the loch. Look our for the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre, which provides plenty of information about the construction and history of this major feat of engineering.