Tour Loch Ness 2024

Tour Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness

 Whether you’re here to Tour Loch Ness and take in the historical tales, an adventure seeker, or simply seeking to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of the Highlands, Loch Ness has something for everyone. Located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness is an iconic destination famous for its natural beauty, fascinating history, and of course, Nessie, the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

As a private tour operator in the area, Venture Highland offers bespoke tours of Loch Ness and surrounding areas to help you explore this enchanting destination. 

Take a tour of Loch Ness from Inverness in our luxury Mercedes vehicles. We do tours from Inverness and tours of Loch Ness from Invergordon port or further by arrangement. 

Tour of Loch Ness in our luxury Mercedes V Class
Tour Loch Ness in our luxury Mercedes V Class vehicles

Tour Loch Ness: Top things to see and do around Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle 

Tour Loch Ness - Urquhart Castle
Visit to Urquhart Castle on a tour of Loch Ness

Fort Augustus 

Visit Foyers Falls 

Visit Farm Ness 

Dores Beach

Photos by the Loch 

Tour Loch Ness: Meall Fuar-mhonaidh

Meall Fuar-mhonaidh stands 535m above Loch Ness and gives a stunning aspect to this beautiful area. The walk takes approximately 3 – 5 hours depending on ability.

Dores beach is a lovely spot and easily accessible from Inverness. Located on the East side of the Loch in the village of dores. There is a pub serving great pub meals on the banks of the Loch and this is also home to the world famous Nessie Hunter – Steve Feltham.

Tour Loch Ness: Cruise on Loch Ness 

There are a number of options for cruises on Loch Ness including Jacobite Cruises, The Beastie Boats, Borlum Bay Cruises and more

The Beastie Boats on Loch Ness

The Beastie Boats launched their High Speed boats in 2018 and offer an exhilarating 1 hour experience in their 12 person ribs. 

Forest Walk at the Abriachan Forest trust on the hills above above Loch Ness 

The Abriachan Forest trust is located on the North West bank of the Loch and set in over 400 acres of beautiful woodland. Great for short walks in the Loch Ness area.

Loch Ness Exhibition Centre

Back open for the 2023 season after a multi million pound investment.

Glen Ord Distillery  

Glen Ord Distillery is not on the banks of Loch Ness but nearby and offers the chance to sample the local whisky when on a Tour of Loch Ness.

Borlum Bay Cruises 

Small fishing or tour charters from Drumnadrochit. A much more flexible and intimate experience than the larger boats.  Borlum Bay Cruises also provide fishing trips out on the Loch with lots of success. 

Fishing on Loch Ness 

Fishing on Loch Ness is available from the shore and by private charter with a number of local firms. Venture Highland can organise all your transport needs both on and off the water for your fishing trip on Loch Ness.

Tour Loch Ness: Getting to Loch Ness

Exploring the Loch is easy and convenient if you rent a car or take a private tour. 

Public transport can be an option to get you to a stop along the way, however, the bus services are unreliable in the area and often sporadic mainly due to staff shortages and you will not see the full beauty of  the area or get as much packed into your day. There is no train service taking in any of Loch Ness.

For those looking for a more relaxed and hassle-free experience, book a private tour with Venture Highland. Our knowledgeable and local driver guides will pick you up from your accommodation and provide a bespoke driver guided tour full of local knowledge, history and legend. 

With a private guided tour of Loch Ness, this also allows us to go off the beaten track and explore far more than you would see on a group tour. 

We can also incorporate a tour of Loch ness with visits to other locations of interest in the area. 

Boat Cruise on Loch Ness 

A boat tour/cruise of Loch Ness is an extremely popular way to experience Loch Ness up close and gives a totally different perspective of the surroundings. 

Venture Highland can arrange your full Loch Ness day tour itinerary and private boat cruise that can be customised to suit your preferences. Fishing trips on Loch Ness can also be arranged with rods and tackle provided. 

You will hear fascinating stories and legends associated with the Loch and the surrounding area.. Keep an eye out for the elusive Loch Ness Monster while you’re cruising the loch. 

Tour Loch Ness: Private Tours of Loch Ness 

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, Venture Highland offers bespoke private tours in our luxury Mercedes vehicles that can be tailored to your interests. There is so much to see when on a tour of Loch Ness. 

Visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle and discover its fascinating history. 

Explore the newly launched in 2024 Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition and learn about the myths and legends surrounding the Loch and the elusive Nessie. 

If you’re interested in hiking, we can take you to some of the best trails in the area and provide you with insider tips to help you make the most of your experience. 

Loch Ness and the areas nearby are home to a rich variety of wildlife, including otters, red deer, wild boar, pine martens, Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles, Ospreys, Scottish Wildcat and hundreds more species. 

The Village of Drumnadrochit is a small village on the banks of Loch Ness, a great spot for a bite to eat or refreshment on your travels round Loch Ness.

Fort Augustus  and the Caledonian Canal is a popular stop on the route. Where the Loch meets the canal again, rising 25 metres

The area is steeped in history and culture. The Loch has also been the subject of countless myths and legends, with the most famous being the Loch Ness Monster. Venture Highland’s Driver/Guides will give you insightful commentary and local knowledge on the stories and legends surrounding the Loch. 

Loch Ness is part of the Great Glen, which was formed by a series of geological faults over millions of years. The Loch itself is the second deepest in Scotland, with a depth of over 225 meters. The geology of the area is fascinating and provides a unique insight into the history of the Highlands. 

Foyers Falls is a short walk from the village of Foyers and is an extraordinary sight when in full flow. 

Venture Highland’s guides can provide you with fascinating insights into the geological history of the area and help you appreciate the unique features of the landscape.

We can mix many other local historical sites and popular attractions into your itinerary, CONTACT us today to begin planning your private tour of Loch Ness and the Highlands.

Facts about Loch Ness

Did you know that Loch Ness contains more freshwater than all of the lakes in England and Wales put together?

The first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was in the 6th century at the time of Saint Columba.

Despite numerous attempts to capture the monster, no one has been successful to date.

The surface of Loch Ness  covers an area of 56.4 square kilometers.

The water temperature of Loch Ness rarely rises above 5°C, even in the summer. If wild swimming in Loch Ness be prepared for the cold. 

The Great Glen Way is a popular hiking trail that passes through the area, offering stunning views of the Loch, surrounding mountains, countryside and a great chance for seeing some of the wonderful wildlife in the area. 

The village of Drumnadrochit, located on the shores of Loch Ness. Drumnadrochit is home to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, as well as several restaurants and shops.

The Caledonian Canal, which runs from Inverness to Fort William, passes through the southern end of Loch Ness.

Best Time to Visit Loch Ness

The best time to visit Loch Ness depends on your interests and preferences. If you’re interested in wildlife watching, spring and early summer can be the best times to visit, as this is when many of the species are active. Scotland is beautiful in different ways every month of the year. 

Accommodation near Loch Ness 

There are loads of accommodation options available in the area, ranging from luxury hotels, holiday cottages, bed and breakfasts, camp sites and various other options available . 

Book a tour with Venture Highland and we can help you find the best accommodation that suits your needs and preferences. We also provide our guests with insider tips on the best places to eat, drink, and shop in the area. Our knowledgeable driver/guides are experts of the local area.