Loch Ness Sensation Tour
Enjoy a comfortable tour along the banks of mysterious and beautiful Loch Ness. Take a cruise on the loch, keeping an eye out for ‘Nessie’, then explore the fascinating ruins of Urquhart Castle.
Price range: £25 - £35
Loch Ness - enjoy a tour along the banks of Scotland’s most enigmatic loch
Loch Ness Cruise - experience a 30 minute cruise on the legendary waters
Bona Narrows - see where St Columba came face to face with Nessie in 565 AD
Caledonian Canal - discover Thomas Telford’s great feat of engineering, an amazing 97 km canal through the Great Glen
Urquhart Castle - explore the atmospheric ruins and learn about the history of this fascinating stronghold
Loch Ness Monster Exhibition - discover the story of the Loch’s famous resident
Movie locations - Loch Ness, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Loch (ITV)
Full Tour Itinerary
From the centre of Inverness you will travel by luxury mini-coach along the banks of the Caledonian Canal to the Bona Narrows. It was here that St Columba is said to have come face to face with Nessie” in 565AD!
Soon the canal broadens to become Loch Ness and we meander our way enjoying wonderful views at every turn. At the Clansman Visitor Centre a cruiser awaits to take us for a 30 minute cruise on Loch Ness. Here we will sail the deepest waters of the loch which is where Nessie has been seen the most – was that a wave or a fin?
Urquhart Castle is strategically located on a rocky promontory sticking out into the deepest part of Loch Ness. Whoever held this castle controlled the Great Glen and as such it changed hands on numerous occasions. The MacDonalds and the Grants held Urquhart as did the English for a period. It was deliberately blown up in 1691 and today the atmospheric ruins are ours to discover. There are great views over Urquhart Bay to savour and you can learn more about the castle at the award-winning audio-visual presentation.
Make the short drive to discover more about the many attempts to discover the monster at the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre in Drumnadrochit. During your visit you’ll learn about the rumours, the hoaxes and the truths of what may really live in Loch Ness. All too soon it’s time to board your coach from the return journey to Inverness.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Cruise and Coach Tour?
These enjoyable tours are a combination of luxury touring by coach and a relaxing cruise on the mysterious waters of Loch Ness. You’ll 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 you’ll board a cruise boat for a monster-spotting sail across the deep and dark waters of Loch Ness! All Cruise/coach tours include admission fees to Urquhart Castle and, depending on which tour you choose, the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition too.
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat. If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop. Vegetarian food is widely available.
I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t 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.
Are these tours suitable for wheelchair users?
We are sorry but due to layout of the cruise boats these tours are not suitable for wheelchair users
What should I wear?
Wear layers as the temperature on the loch can vary. We recommend bringing a rain jacket, just in case!
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Cruise on Loch Ness
- Admission to Urquhart Castle and the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges unless otherwise stated above
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Platform 1
Inverness Bus Station
Inverness IV1 1LT
Check-in: 09:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 10:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 14:00 hrs
Child rates apply from 0 to 16 years inclusive
The cost of this tour includes admission fees.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
Rating:28 Dec 2017
Our guide Iain was very knowledgeable, funny and friendly. Safe driver as well. All in all a very enjoyable tour!Ellen from Pacifica, United States
Rating:30 Oct 2017
The tour was very informative and my sister and I loved the experience! The tour guide was so friendly and the tour was definitely worth it. Thank you so much for the great trip.Asia from Toronto, Canada
Rating:28 Oct 2017
Well organized, clear communication and history accounts, equipment in great condition and wonderful tour.marilyn from Woodland, United States