Start your monster-hunting on Loch Ness in a canoe or kayak. You can explore the misty waters and see what you come face-to-face with!
Active days out in Inverness and Loch Ness
Loch Ness must be one of the most famous lakes in the world, its name immediately conjuring up images of that mystical monster. And it’s that magical air that forms the backdrop to so many adventures, activities and things to do in the area. Hire bicycles and follow any number of trails or stride out along breathtaking hill trails; explore the loch itself on a canoe, and spend your evenings in the company of the locals in a cosy Inverness pub.
Head up into the mountains beside Loch Ness. Glen Affric is a particularly stunning area for setting off on hikes amid the heather-decked hills. There are car parks at various points from where you can follow well-marked trails through pine forests and moorland, with ever-emerging views of even more lochs.
Slide off those walking boots and hunker down for the night in a proper Highlands pub like The Slaters Arms or The Steading Country Inn, both en route back from Glen Affric. After all that activity today you’ll have worked up an appetite for hearty Highland dishes washed down with a dram or 2 of local whisky! And if you’re lucky, the locals might start a sing-a-along as the night progresses on.
Wake yourself up with a high-speed power boat ride across the loch: Cruise Loch Ness run their RIB (rigid inflatable boat) tours from Fort Augustus (at the opposite end of the loch from Inverness, a 54min drive). Or take the calmer scenic cruise boat trip, passing the sights of the loch shores, like the magnificent Urquhart Castle.
Back on dry land, transfer onto 2 wheels with a bicycle hired from Girvans Bike Hire, also in Fort Augustus, and cover some more of those enticing trails. Follow the valley away from Loch Ness and you can reach Fort William (2 hours 45 minutes cycling), where Britain’s tallest mountain Ben Nevis (4,413ft/1,345m) looms.