Loch Ness is only a short distance from Inverness and is famous around the world for the small matter of its monster, Nessie. Aside from that, Loch Ness is Scotland’s largest loch in terms of volume, being 23 miles long and in some parts more than 700 ft deep.
Claimed sightings of the Loch Ness monster over the years form the focus of the award-winning Loch Ness Exhibition Centre at Drumnadrochit. You can explore the interactive displays that allow you to uncover the mystery and folklore surrounding this loch.
A great way to appreciate the scenery of Loch Ness is by taking a cruise to Urquhart Castle, a spectacular ruin where the excellent visitor centre explains the history of this once important Great Glen fortress.
At the southern end of the loch, Fort Augustus is a pretty village and a good place to pause and watch life on the Caledonian Canal as the boats negotiate the series of locks.