Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes of England and Wales combined, making it the most voluminous lake in the UK. Where is Loch Ness? This beautiful loch is located in the Scottish Highlands and is shrouded in mystery. Does a monster lurk in the deep? See for yourself on boat trips and Nessie cruises from Inverness, Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit.
Map of Loch Ness
Explore Loch Ness
How to travel to & around Loch Ness
Loch Ness runs from the south of Inverness down to the town of Fort Augustus.
Getting to Loch Ness
You can travel from within Scotland to Inverness with ScotRail, or directly to Inverness with LNER from dozens of stations along the east coast line like London King’s Cross, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh taking in some of the best scenery the country has to offer along the way. Sit back and relax and enjoy the comfort of the environmentally-friendly Azuma fleet in First Class or Standard alongside the offer of fine food and drink from a range of local suppliers from across the UK.
Or journey overnight in your own room with a bed. A relaxing and time-saving way to reach the Highlands, the Caledonian Sleeper travels between London and Scotland.
Bus and coach
National bus companies include:
- Megabus - with a huge amount of stops throughout the UK linking to Inverness.
- Citylink - Connecting Scotland including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Oban, Skye, Dundee and Perth.
- National Express - Hundreds of stops across the UK and Europe that connect to Inverness.
- Stagecoach - Stagecoach operates across the UK.
They will take you from major UK cities to Farraline Park Bus Station in the centre of Inverness.
The A9 is the main access road to Inverness from the south, Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow and also from the north. The A82 is an alternative and more scenic route from the south (Glasgow) via Loch Ness through the Great Glen to Inverness.
The B862 on the south side of Loch Ness links the small picturesque villages between Fort Augustus and Inverness, and also links to the A9 south to Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow and points further south.
Inverness Airport is located some 7 miles east of Inverness and 21 miles from Loch Ness.
There are many direct flights into Inverness with Easyjet, British Airways, Loganair, KLM and more.
Local transport connections from Inverness Airport into the city are available from outside the airport terminal building. These include bus and taxis services. Local and national car hire is also available.
Getting around Loch Ness
Why not walk, cycle or horse ride on the new Loch Ness 360 Trail, a 80 miles long scenic circular route taking in the route of the Great Glen Way on the north side and South Loch Ness Trail on the south side?
If you like to discover an area by foot you will not be short of places to wander. You can also choose to be guided on a walking tour with companies such as Walk Inverness and Walking Tours Inverness offering guided walks daily from the city centre.
The best way to experience Loch Ness by bike, is on the brand new Loch Ness 360° Trail. This epic route around the whole of Loch Ness starts and finished in Inverness. If you don’t have 6 days to complete the 72-mile trail, you can simply choose any one of the sections. Why not be guided on a cycling tour around the route with 42 Cycling?
You can use the helpful Hi-Travel active travel map | PDF 1.9MB for all the recommended cycle routes.
Bus and coach
For the popular town of Drumnadrochit head down the north side of Loch Ness on the A82 towards Fort William.
After just a few miles you will catch your first glimpse of the loch on your left-hand side. Stop at Dochgarroch or the Clansman Harbour for Loch Ness cruises, check out the visitor centres and gift shops in Drumnadrochit and don’t miss out Fort Augustus for more cruise options and a look at the locks.
If you prefer to see the “quiet” side of Loch Ness, head down the South Side of Loch Ness on the B852 towards Dores and Foyers, where you will find lovely walks, quiet picnic spots and amazing viewpoints! Not to mention, the South Loch Ness Trail, which is the perfect way to explore the area.
You can up your chances of seeing the Loch Ness Monster by hiring your own cruiser to sail where you want to go. There are piers, jetties and mooring places along Loch Ness. Most are free of charge. If you don’t want to sail yourself, there are some excellent well established Loch Ness cruises that last from a couple of hours to all day (and overnight!).
A tip from your local expert
Visit the restoration project at Boleskine House, once home to Alister Crowley and later Jimmy Page! The house is under construction after being destroyed by fire, but tours of this unique building are available by arrangement.
Area Manager, Inverness
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