Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle from Inverness Sightseeing Tour

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Inverness

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Cruise across Loch Ness and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle on this 3 hour trip from Inverness. With a professional guide, soak up the sights on a coach ride from the city center to Clansman Harbour (until 25th March 2018) or Dochgarroch (26th March - 30th September 2018). Then, board a cruise boat and stay on the lookout for the Loch Ness monster as you make your way to Urquhart Castle. Explore the emotive ruins at your leisure and learn about the castle’s dark past at the visitor center before enjoying a panoramic coach tour.
Make your own way to the bus station in central Inverness to meet your guide. Then, leave the city by air-conditioned coach and relax on the scenic journey to Clansman Harbour during winter months, or Dochgarroch during summer months. As you travel, listen to your guide sharing interesting stories and details about Inverness and Loch Ness.Swap your coach for a cruise boat and take in the sweeping natural panoramas as you cross the still waters toward the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Stay on the lookout for Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster, as you glide.Enjoy around an hour of free time to tour the crumbled castle that, in its 500 years as a medieval fortress, has a dark and bloody past. Learn about King Edward I’s invasion in the 13th century, its importance during the Scots’ struggle for independence in the 14th century and the raids from MacDonald Lord of the Isles during the 15th and 16th centuries.Head to the visitor center to find out more about the noble families who held the castle and to browse the impressive collection of medieval artifacts housed there. Should you wish, refuel with a drink and a snack in the cafe and visit the shop to pick up a memento of your day. You can also head onto the center’s veranda for postcard-perfect views of the loch.After exploring the ruins and visitor center, enjoy a guided panoramic tour of the area by coach on your way back to central Inverness, where your tour concludes.

What’s included

  • Expert guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 30-minute Loch Ness cruise (winter), 1-hour Loch Ness cruise (summer)

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Led by a local guide
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water