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Loch Ness

Drumnadrochit Loch Ness Invernessshire IV63 6TU 01456 450 573

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The country’s most famous loch is also home to its most famous monster. It is all very touristy these days, but the scenery is truly epic and worth visiting for alone. Nessie has a sister – Morag on the west coast – but she attracts none of the worldwide attention heaped on Nessie. There have been countless sightings and expeditions, but conclusive proof is still hard to come by. You might be lucky, but if you don't spot Nessie you can just enjoy this idyllic stretch of the Great Glen, hemmed in by high mountains and dotted with pretty towns and villages. The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition is a must for diehard Nessie enthusiast, and Fort Augustus is an excellent base and home to the most spectacular locks on the Caledonian Canal. From this old garrison town you can idle around the banks and get a feel for the sinewy, deep expanse.

You say Average Rating ★★☆☆☆

Loch Ness Centre a must? ★★☆☆☆

The two boys and I wanted to like it, we really did . . . but after twenty minutes of shuffling from one voice-over film to another, and no real exhibits, I rather felt this "exceptional, world-class" attraction (thanks Scottish Tourist Board) was in fact a mammoth gift shop with a seventeen quid entry fee for the three of us. And don't get me started on the food available in Fort Augustus. But Morag's Lodge backpackers was really good for the money, and the cruises are fun (even if they do spend most of their time effectively telling small children that there's no way that the monster could exist. Spoilsports).

Loch Ness reviewed by on September 5th, 2012

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Adults £6.50, children £4.50


  • Boating & Canoeing
  • Equipment Hire
  • Fishing
  • Foraging & Bushcraft
  • Group Bookings
  • Hiking
  • Private Instruction
  • Sailing
  • Surfing & Watersports
  • Wild Swimming

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  • Waterside


Visitor Centre and Exhibition Easter–May daily 9.30am–5pm, June 9am–5.30pm, July–Aug 9am–6pm, Sept–Oct 9.30am–5pm. Nov–Easter daily 10am–3.30pm

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