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Loch Ness Tour – A Fantastic Loch Ness Experience

Tours have now finished for 2023. Thanks for making it such a great first year!

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Looking for a Loch Ness tour?

Well check out this half day tour (4.5 hours from Invergordon and back in total)

It’s a lovely tour that includes all the following;

  • Drive through Inverness city centre including alongside the lovely Ness Islands
  • Stop at An Talla to see the Highland Cattle (also a good coffee stop!)
  • 1-hour boat trip in Urquhart Bay from Drumnadrochit in a smaller boat (max 12 people) and a family business. You get the best views of Urquhart Castle from the water and the best chance of seeing Nessie too
  • A shopping stop in Drumnadrochit if you want some Nessie gifts
  • Return journey across heather moorland and Highland countryside passing through Beauly on the return
  • A private car with driver guide for 3 people
  • Bottled water

How long does it take to tour Loch Ness?

If you drive non-stop around Loch Ness from Inverness it will take you around 2-2.5 hours. If you want to tour Loch Ness you can do that easily in a day taking 6-8 hours depending on how long you stop for.

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Loch Ness Tour Practical Information

  • The tour is in a private car with a driver guide. The car is a little older but well loved and very comfortable. A new hire car can be included for an additional ÂŁ200
  • There are comfort stops throughout
  • The longest drive without a stop is the 1 hour 15 minutes journey to Loch Ness from Invergordon
  • The roads are mainly single lane roads with a small section of dual carriageway
  • The boat trip is on a smaller boat that takes a maximum of 12 people. There is a large step down into the boat from the pier. You will transfer into a minibus for the short journey to the pier.
  • If there is no availability for the small boat trip a journey on a large tourist boat will be booked. This departs from Fort Augustus and visits the southern end of the Loch.
  • For trips booked between 1st of November and 1st of April the boat trip will be on a larger tourist boat that departs from the Clansman Hotel. The access to this boat involves a walk down through a tunnel with large uneven steps.

Loch Ness Tour – Hello from Me, Your Tour Guide

Hello. My name is Melanie.

I’ve lived in the beautiful Highlands for 20 years. During that time I have taken many tour groups around this amazing place – whether on cruise ship tours, or extended tours.

I want to show you the real Highlands. The places we locals love, great places to see wildlife and great spots for photos. I want to take you to my Highlands and help you fall in love with the place too.

I have guided tours for groups all over the world and spent 20 years taking tours around Scotland and the Highlands. For 8 years I have guided tours for cruise ship guests coming into Invergordon.

If you want to know more about my experience then check out my dedicated About Melanie page.

I always describe myself as a good all-rounder type of guide. If you want a detailed history of all the clans, or the Kings and Queens then I am not the right guide for you – there are plenty of other fantastic guides that can help you with that.

If you want to know more about live in the Highlands with some history, geography, wildlife and nature too then that’s what I am good at.

I am flexible when comes to adapting the tour to suit your interests. I will also adapt the tour according to the weather too so we can make the most of our day.

Loch Ness Tour Pricing Details

  • The half day tour is 4.5-5 hours long depending on your cruise ship timings and it can run in the morning or the afternoon. The price to book direct is ÂŁ250 for up to 3 people.
  • This tour is in a private car.
  • It includes a 1 hour boat cruise
  • I am your guide and also your driver
  • The price includes all fuel, insurance, a boat cruise for 3 people, and bottled water for guests
  • If you want to extend the tour each additional hour is ÂŁ40

Please note that to ensure you get a cruise on Loch Ness you really need to book in advance, particularly for June, July, and August when demand is at its highest. The more notice the better!

Loch Ness Tour Itinerary

Drive from Invergordon to Loch Ness and drive through Inverness

This journey will pass over the sea bridge, the Cromarty Causeway. It will then cross the Black Isle and travel through Inverness.

On the way through we pass through the city centre and pass by the Castle and the Cathedral. We will drive past the pretty Ness Islands on the River Ness before heading out of Inverness on the A82.

The journey time from Invergordon to Inverness is around 1 hour.

Visit An Talla at Dochgarroch

After travelling through Inverness we make our first stop at Dochgarroch.

This stop has a cafe, gift shop, and bathrooms and it is right beside the Caledonian Canal which flows into Loch Ness. There are generally a couple of Heilan Coos (Highland Cattle) there too. They love having their photograph taken!

The journey time from Inverness to Dochgarroch is around 10 minutes.

We will stop for around 20 minutes.

Visit the Nessie Village of Drumnadrochit

Following the Western side of Loch Ness, we travel down to Drumnadrochit. 

Here you take an included boat trip with a Nessie Hunter. You visit the deepest part of the Loch and get a fantastic view from the loch of the Urquhart Castle. Even as a ruin the castle is impressive and beautiful. The boat trip is 1 hour long.

While travelling on the loch you can get a view of what is happening under the water with the onboard sonar equipments!

(Included boat trip).

(Please note for any booking between 1st November and 1st April this boat trip will leave from the Clansman Hotel)

The journey time to Drumnadrochit is around 15 minutes. The boat trip is 60 minutes

We also make a shopping stop in the lower part of the village at a great gift shop where you can lots of Nessie related items!

Return to Invergordon Via Beauly

We turn inland from Drumnadrochit and pass through the pretty village of Beauly. We then take the old road North passing through Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, and Alness before returning to the ship.

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Return Through Invergordon

If time allows we will drive through Invergordon at the end of our tour. This town has a mural trail. All the murals tell local stories and feature local people.

Keen to see the view of Loch Ness now? Check out these live webcams.

Loch Ness Tour – FAQs

Is this tour suitable for people in a wheelchair?

It isn’t unfortunately – mainly due to the boat trip, the minibus and the car.

How much walking is involved in this tour?

Not much actually. You just get to sit back and enjoy the view and hop out at places along the way.

Will I see Nessie on this tour?

You will see a Nessie on this tour for sure!

Interested in Booking This Loch Ness Tour?

Just send a message to check availability for your chosen date or to ask any questions. I’d be happy to help 🙂

Loch Ness Tour Booking Terms and Conditions

You can cancel up to 3 days in advance with no cancellation fees payable.

After that time there are cancellation fees as follows;

  • 2 days before 50% payable
  • 1 day before 75% payable

This is simply because I may have turned down other bookings to carry out your tour.

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