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Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle Visit from Inverness

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  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
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Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle Visit from Inverness
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Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle Visit from Inverness
US$44.12
Overview
Explore Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle on a 4-hour cruise tour from Inverness. Board the 'Jacobite Rebel' cruise boat at Dochgarroch Lock, and sail down the Caledonian Canal and Loch Dochfour to Loch Ness, Britain’s largest body of water by volume and famous for its mythical monster. Admire the scenery, hear stories about Loch Ness’ history, and enjoy two hours to explore 13th-century Urquhart Castle on the lochside before another hour of cruising.
What to Expect
Set off on your 4-hour cruise tour of Loch Ness at 9:30am from Dochgarroch Lock, around 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometres) from the city of Inverness. Situated on the Caledonian Canal and built by the famous Scottish civil engineer, Thomas Telford, Dochgarroch lies in a picturesque Highland setting.

After settling aboard, set sail down the last remaining stretch of the Caledonian Canal and enter Loch Dochfour. As you cruise to the end of this loch, pass the magnificent Bona Lighthouse and watch as the views open out to a full panorama of Loch Ness.

Listen to stories from your live guide as you cruise past Aldourie Castle and enjoy the gorgeous natural scenery. Keep an eye out, too, for the mythical Loch Ness monster, ‘Nessie,’ on our sonar screens.

After an hour, you’ll arrive at the ruins of Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland largest castles. Disembark and enjoy two hours to tour this medieval site independently.

Afterwards, head to the visitor center to learn about the historic figures that inhabited or invaded the site, such as King Edward I in the 13th century and MacDonald Lord of the Isles during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Learn about the construction and destruction of the fortress, and the key role it played in the Scottish fight for independence. Don’t miss the authentic medieval artefacts before returning to re-board your boat.

Enjoy another hour on the boat, perhaps with a Costa coffee or even a whisky (both own expense) from the fully stocked bar. Your experience finishes when you return to Dochgarroch by 1:30pm, feeling as if you’ve captured the real heart of Loch Ness.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Pleasant tour

I took the tour with the pickup from the bus station. Our driver Ian was nice and funny. The cruise was pleasant, the castle is not something to die for (they should change their projector in the 'cinema' as it is dying), but the weather...More

Thank Malgorzata_13
FredaNewton, Owner at Loch Ness by Jacobite, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your cruise with Loch Ness by Jacobite. We hope to welcome you back again in the future.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
First

This was our first cruise up Loch Ness it was very good. The tour guide was excellent he was doing his best because some passengers were making to much noise. Because you couldn`t hear the tour guide properly when we mentioned it to him he...More

Thank creid619
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
a grand day out!

Malcolm, Ken , Kyle and Keith gave us a great trip. the whole boat was spotlessly clean..especially the toilets....!.we were given an interesting commentary by Malcolm...but not tooo much to spoil the peace and tranquility..blue water...blue sky...and good company..thank you to all the crew,, Priscilla..

Thank priscilla a
FredaNewton, Owner at Loch Ness by Jacobite, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your cruise with Loch Ness by Jacobite. We hope to welcome you back again in the future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Not that special

Nice to make a visit there as it is part of the land history .It is not that special , but enjoyable .

Thank ZayerFaisal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great afternoon out

We went on the Freedom Cruise, from Clansmen Hotel harbour. Cost was £22 per adult. Cruise was busy but not packed, could get seats easily and scenery was lovely. We stopped off at Castle Urquhart for an hour, went to the film show in the...More

Thank asifoundit1
FredaNewton, Owner at Loch Ness by Jacobite, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your cruise with Loch Ness by Jacobite. We hope to welcome you back again in the future.

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