What can I expect
on this cruise/coach tour?
These enjoyable tours are a combination of luxury touring by coach and a relaxing
cruise on the mysterious waters of Loch Ness. Youíll depart from the centre of
Inverness by comfortable midi- coach with a local driver/guide providing a full
commentary in English.Later in the tour youíll board a cruise boat for a
monster-spotting cruise on Loch Ness!
All Cruise/coach tours include a visit to Urquhart Castle
which stands guard overlooking the dark waters of Loch Ness. Once one of
Scotlandís mightiest strongholds, Urquhartís strategic location gave it a key
role in the Scottish battle for independence.
Youíll have access to the visitor
centre which includes a fascinating display of artefacts and audio-visual
presentation that tells the story of the castleís history. All cruise boats feature seating inside and out, heated
saloons, refreshment bars, toilets and free wifi. A popular feature is the
sonar display Ė keep a careful watch and you could be first to spot Nessie!
Can children travel
Children of all ages are welcome to travel on this cruise/coach tour.
Special child prices are available for children aged up to 16 years of age.
How many people
will be in the group?
The group size is normally around 33 passengers. At times
of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
What features will
the coach have?
You will usually travel in a modern eco-friendly midi
touring coach which is equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining
seats, large picture windows and seat belts.
Tell me more about
Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history - Urquhart Castle offers
a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic.
Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and
enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in
Climb the Grant Tower that watches over the iconic loch, peer into a miserable
prison cell, said to have held the legendary Gaelic bard Domhnall Donn, and
imagine the splendid banquets staged in the great hall. A more comfortable view
of the iconic ruins, against a backdrop of Loch Ness and the hills of the Great
Glen, can be enjoyed from the café.
Urquhartís stories are also told through a remarkable collection of artefacts
left by its residents, historic replicas, including a full-sized, working
trebuchet siege engine, and a short film. The castle has a distinctly Highland heritage and the site has witnessed
some of the most dramatic chapters in our nationís history.
This is where St
Columba is said to have worked miracles in the 6th century, where acts of
chivalry and defiance provided inspiration during the Wars of Independence and
where the MacDonald Lords of the Isles struggled with the Crown for power.
What should I wear?
Wear layers as the temperature on the loch can vary. We recommend bringing a
rain jacket, just in case!
Will there be a
An experienced driver/guide will host the coach tour
portion of the tour. They will provide an informative and entertaining
commentary in English. Youíll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the
famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too
of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so
On the cruise portion of the tour a crew member will provide a full commentary
on the history and nature of Loch Ness including Nessie, of course!
Iíve missed my tour
because I was late, can I get a refund?
Weíre sorry but refunds or credits wonít be issued if you miss your tour
because you are not at the departure point on time. In fairness to all our
passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.