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Make your way to the Inverness bus station in advance of your group's meeting time. Then, climb into a comfortable coach and travel to Clansman Harbour. Relax on the way, listen to your guide's commentary, and take in the landscape while your driver worries about directions and traffic.

Board the cruise ship at Clansman Harbour, and explore the boat as it travels through the river down to the famous Loch Ness. Snap photos of the vistas, and listen to your guide detail the myths and legends that surround the loch and its famous inhabitant, Nessie.

Arrive at Urquhart Castle, and disembark for a short self-guided tour. The flexibility to explore on your own is a good complement to the other guided elements of the day.

Move on to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, where you can learn about the origin of the Loch Ness Monster narrative and the historic inhabitants of the castle and fortress. Get a comprehensive overview of the site's long history through an exploration of the seven multimedia exhibits.

Back on the bus, return to Inverness by early afternoon with plenty of daytime hours to do as you wish.

Locations visited
Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness
Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition
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Even though Loch Ness is just a short driving distance from Inverness, it can be hard to get there without renting a car. This guided tour includes round-trip transport from an easy-to-find meeting spot, as well as admission tickets to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition and Urquhart Castle for your convenience. Plus, it packs in guided and independent elements to allow you to learn with a guide by your side and to explore on your own.

  • Combine a Loch Ness boat cruise with a Urquhart Castle admission ticket
  • Learn about the mysteries of the Loch Ness from your guide
  • Tour combines guided and independent elements, appealing to all traveler types
  • Round-trip transportation from Inverness lets you relax and enjoy the scenery
  • Return to Inverness by early afternoon, leaving the rest of the day free
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Excellent Tour!

This tour is a must if you're in the area. We took this tour from Inverness and our driver, Allen, was awesome! He was really informative while keeping things light and fun. The ride from the bus station to the boat cruise went by quick...More

Thank Enrique T
Reviewed 1 week ago
Cruise great, castle great, narration hokey

The boat ride offered amazing views of the Loch Ness area, and the castle was interesting. (We could have used a bit more time there than was offered because there was so much history to take in.) The narration was a bit hokey and could...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Gorgeous views, Fun Castle Ruin

This boat ride was great fun. We sat inside and enjoyed the views. There was a lot about the Loch Ness Monster, which was fun but a little childish. Trip was well organized and we got great photos, especially of the castle. The castle is...More

Thank Ken L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Scenic tour with a few technical difficulties

My wife and I planned a holiday to Scotland, arriving in Inverness a few days before the beginning of the adventure. Knowing we were near such a famous sight/tour we opted to experience the loch, castle, and museums by booking a trip. The reason for...More

1  Thank Conrad B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Loch Ness river cruise

Had a wonderful time on the river boat on the Loch Ness. The weather was perfect the waves were bouncy and we still did not find Nessie. This is a great tool for families and couples alike and I recommend it to everyone.

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23 July 2018|
Response from Jennifer D | Reviewed this property |
Depends. The shorter version is about four hours and it seemed more than long enough for the included activities!
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