Inverness and Loch Ness

Come hunting for Nessie, stay for the experience

It’s the land of mysterious monsters lurking beneath glistening waters, soaring mountains a hundred shades of purple with heather, and not forgetting those craggy castles and enticing pubs. By self-drive, by foot or by boat, the possibilities for adventure around Inverness and Loch Ness are never-ending.

 

 

How to experience Inverness and Loch Ness

Get those hiking boots ready to take on some truly amazing walks. Ranging from leisurely loch-side strolls to more challenging hill hikes and long-distance trails, there is a well-marked path to suit every walking desire you may have!

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Get up close to the mysterious waters of the loch as you follow the canoe trail and you’ll have the perfect vantage point for Nessie-spotting. If you're after something less strenuous then opt for a boat tour with a highly informative skipper pointing out intriguing sights and information along the way.

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That moment when you arrive at your accommodation and realise it’s even better than you’d imagined: beautiful rooms with amazing features, wild deer roaming up to your doorstep, scenery to sit and gaze at. It’s places like this that create the foundations of a trip that will take your breath away.

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There are lots of cycling trails around Inverness and Loch Ness, and even more viewpoints to stop at. The Great Glen Way is a great challenge to take on, following the entire length of the 73-mile (117km) glen that connects Inverness and Fort William. Or just sample stretches of it if you’re taking it more leisurely. The South Loch Ness Trail takes in different views over the loch from the quiet south shores.

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It’s easy to get to know the locals here – just head to the nearest local pub, order a dram of whisky and before you know it the Highland stories will be flowing! There are plenty of whisky distilleries in the region where you can visit for tours and tastings. Whisky not your thing? Don’t worry – there’s a gin distillery, too!

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Did you know that seeing wild dolphins is almost guaranteed in this region? Head to the Moray Firth – a sea inlet just on the edges of Inverness – and hop on a dolphin-spotting cruise boat or RIB experience. Whatever you do, keep that camera poised for action!

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Hire a camper van and change your outlook whenever you fancy – there’s no shortage of options here. Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravan Club, for example, is an award-winning, 5-star, eco-friendly site, and – as the name gives away – is right on the shores of the loch with the ultimate, uninterrupted views to sit and stare out at.

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Driving will allow you to really get around this beautiful region and discover lesser-known sights and attractions, or get further out into the hills. Roads are a dream to drive here, so get that map and prepare for some stunning scenery ahead!

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If nature is what you’re after, you’re in the right place. Endless opportunities spread out for getting close to beautiful sights, right on your doorstep. Just a short walk through pine forests – look out for native pine martens and red squirrels – and you reach the perfect viewpoint overlooking the thundering Falls of Foyer on their dramatic journey down to the loch.

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You’ve absorbed the landscapes, the culture, and the atmosphere of this region of Scotland; now it’s time to immerse yourself fully with the local dress. Go straight to the source and get the traditional tweed and tartan makers that have been based in and around Inverness for generations to measure you up for the ultimate memento to take home.

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