Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise and Visit to Urquhart Castle

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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise and Visit to Urquhart Castle
from USD $31.93
Discover Loch Ness’ natural beauty on this 2-hour trip from Clansman Harbour. Situated only a twenty minutes’ drive from central Inverness, Loch Ness is one of the most famous lakes in the world. Climb aboard an open-air cruise boat and make your way across the mysterious loch, taking in the sweeping views of lush greenery and rolling hills — be sure to stay on the lookout for Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Disembark at Urquhart Castle and enjoy free time to visit the ruins before cruising back to the harbor.
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In Brief

Inverness, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2 hours
Instant Confirmation
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Important InfoInfo
Make your own way to Clansman Harbour to begin your tour. Located less than 10 miles southwest of Inverness, the harbor is just a short drive from the city center and is set on the north shore of what is perhaps the world’s most mysterious stretch of water.

Nestled in between rambling hills and the still waters of Loch Ness, Clansman Harbour’s quaint dock area ideally complements the area’s unspoiled natural beauty. On arrival, spend a few moments capturing the incredible scenery with your camera, before heading for your cruise boat.

Once onboard your comfortable boat, take a seat inside or on the open-air deck and relax as you slip away from the dock. Absorb the breathtaking natural vistas of the loch and the surrounding hills as you glide and stay on the lookout for a glimpse of the area’s most famous resident, Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster!

After a leisurely 30 minutes’ cruise on Loch Ness, disembark your boat at the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Here, enjoy an hour of free time to spend at your leisure. Perhaps explore the ruins of the castle that, in its 500 years as a medieval stronghold, has a particularly dark history. Learn about King Edward I’s invasion in the 13th century, its importance during the Scots’ struggle for independence in the 14th century and the raids from MacDonald Lord of the Isles during the 15th and 16th centuries.

After exploring the castle ruins, return to your boat to enjoy a scenic cruise back to Clansman Harbour where your tour concludes.


  • 1-hour boat cruise


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admission to Urquhart Castle
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Clansman Harbor, Inverness

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Approximately a 20 minute (10.4 miles) drive from Inverness
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 3.95 out of 5 based on the last 22 recent reviews

Well run cruise and castle visit. Booked online without any problems, parking at Clansman Hotel and good cafe for lunch. Interesting commentary on board and clear instruction for offshore visit.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Great Boat Trip, very well organised.Really enjoyed our visit to Urquhart Castle to learn a bit about Scottish history.Lucky that we had good weather for the trip.
• Submitted 30 Jul 2018
Highly professional service provided by the crew. The cruise and visit of the castle was perfectly organised, everything went as planned. Urquhart caste and the view on Loch Ness was magnificent :
• Submitted 23 Nov 2017
Very relaxing tour, lots of info for those who need it. Helpful staff.
• Submitted 03 Nov 2015
We did the Tour a few days ago and we absolutely enjoyed it. The wheather was great and we had lots of fun. It took us about 30 minutes to the Urquhart Castle and we made many lovely pictures.
• Submitted 31 Aug 2015
Just perfect. Fantastic way to experience Loch Ness and its history. Urquhart Castle was amazing and you needed the hour there to see it.
• Submitted 21 Jul 2015
Definitely bring midge spray and go early. The parking lot is tiny and there's a ton of very large buses taking up most of the space. There's a great souvenir shop downstairs that's fun to cruise around in and a lochness ride outside to take your pictures in front of. Walk under ground to the boat launch and enjoy the view from there. Once on the boat you'll notice the water is black, very cool. Bug spray now! Once on the island go from one end to the other and have fun.
• Submitted 18 Jul 2019
The cruise was ok. They herded lots of people on the boat and drove slowly to the castle. Dropped us off for one hour and then came back for us. Glad it didn't cost much as it was nothing special.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2016
• Submitted 26 Feb 2016
beautiful scenery smooth access boat and enough time to walk around castle
• Submitted 06 Oct 2015
It was a good cruise and walk around the castle. the 2 hours gave you more than enough time to see everything. it leaves through Clansman Harbor which was about a 20 pound taxi ride one way which was a little inconvenient but still worth the trip.
• Submitted 31 Aug 2015
Really enjoyable, would highly recommend
• Submitted 26 Aug 2015
We had beautiful weather for a cruise on Loch Ness. The boat provided great information on the history of the castle and the mystique of the Loch.
• Submitted 16 Jul 2015
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 07 Jul 2015
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 02 Jul 2015
Excellent tour to take. More time should have been available 2 hours, not just one at the Urquhart Castle. There wasn't enough time to really see everything at the castle.
• Submitted 11 Jun 2015
• Submitted 03 Dec 2014
Le tour est bien et la visite est intéressante. Mais le départ du tour est éloigné de tout et est accessible uniquement en voiture ou en bus. Il n'est donc pas possible de se promener au bord du lac. Dommage
• Submitted 24 Jul 2016
unfortunately it rained heavily all day so that affected our rating of the trip. It was not easy to find the starting point. it would have been better to have a sign on the road.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2016
It was what you would expect.
• Submitted 12 Jun 2015
We used viator to book this cruise during a recent trip to Scotland and all in all I'm happy that we did the Loch Ness Cruise because i feel it's one of those When in Rome experiences however the cruise itself is kind of hokey- the audio was all prerecorded and played over a loudspeaker. The castle itself was very pictueresque however not all that terribly informative. All-in-all I'm happy we did this however I wouldn't strongly recommend this to anyone else. Also if you're debating between Loch Ness or anothe destination in Scotland i'd probably pick the other option.
• Submitted 12 Oct 2016
I was not impressed with this trip. I have experienced several of Viatar tours in the past and am always impressed with the things I learn from the trip. This was a boat ride to a castle with little information compared to other trips. The trip went from a hotel to the castle where they dropped you off to look at the ruins and nothing more. Great disappointment!
• Submitted 12 Aug 2015

In Brief

Inverness, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2 hours
Instant Confirmation
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water