Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart Castle

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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart Castle
from £30.80
Cruise across Loch Ness and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle on this 3 hour trip from Inverness. With a professional guide, soak up the sights on a coach ride from the city center to Clansman Harbour (until 25th March 2018) or Dochgarroch (26th March - 30th September 2018). Then, board a cruise boat and stay on the lookout for the Loch Ness monster as you make your way to Urquhart Castle. Explore the emotive ruins at your leisure and learn about the castle’s dark past at the visitor center before enjoying a panoramic coach tour.
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In Brief

Inverness, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
3 hours
Led by a local guide
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Urquhart Castle, A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ Scotland

One of Scotland's most historic castles, perched on the banks of Loch Ness. Explore the ruins of this once stronghold, learn of its turbulent past and breathe in some of the most stunning views Loch Ness has to offer

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Loch Ness, Scotland

Surrounded by historical castles, monuments and breathe taking scenery. The only way to see the Loch in all its glory is by boat. You've got to see it, to believe it...

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Loch Ness by Jacobite, Inverness IV3 8JG Scotland

Loch Ness is the destination, Loch Ness by Jacobite is the experience! All you need to do is book, and we'll take care of the rest!

Duration: 1 hour


  • Expert guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 30-minute Loch Ness cruise (winter), 1-hour Loch Ness cruise (summer)
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Departure Point

Inverness Bus Station, central Inverness

Returns To

Concludes in Inverness city center

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: During winter months, the Loch Ness cruise departs from Clansman Harbour for a 30-minute cruise. During summer months, the cruise departs from Dochgarroch for a 1-hour cruise.
  • 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 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Great experience looking for Nessie on the lake :) And was great to approach the castle from Loch definitely a must when visiting Inverness.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2018
This tour is mostly self-guided, but Ian, our driver who took us to and from the boat tour and back to Inverness was highly entertaining and provided us with a lot of information about Loch Ness and its history. We had perfect weather as we enjoyed our hour long cruise down Loch Ness and onto Urquhart Castle. The castle was amazing, and I only wish we had more than an hour to have toured it. If you go fairly quickly you're able to see just about everything, but if you don't feel like rushing, I recommend spending most your time strolling around the castle. The views are stunning, and we were lucky enough to have perfect weather that day. Great tour to go on if you don't want something that will take all day long!
• Submitted 25 May 2018
We had a wonderful time on our tour to Urquhart Castle. The bus driver Allan was amazing. He kept up a stream of story telling throughout our ride to the boat. He then met us at the end and drove us back to Inverness. Someone heard that it was Allan's birthday so we all sung happy birthday to him -- he was wonderful and hilarious! The cruise to Urquhart was just as good with breathtaking views and a they had special kind of chocolate drink with whiskey in it at the bar. The cruise director told us more stories about the lochs and warriors and even sang a couple of Scottish songs. I would definitely recommend taking this trip -- less than 3 hours in total and you see so much! Very enjoyable.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2017
Fantastic tour. Our guide was excellent! Quick trip by boat on the Loch to the castle, perfect timing, Just enough time to feel you've had time to look for Nessie and explore the castle, which is very well preserved for a ruin with lots of visual guides. A very well spent afternoon!
• Submitted 06 Aug 2017
Had a great time. Very nice! Had beautiful weather, which helped, of course.............sadly didn't see Nessie :
• Submitted 31 Jul 2017
Beautiful one hour cruise from the Caledonian canal into Loch Ness. Great guide, lots of interesting information and he even sang us a few songs! Visit to Urquart castle was beautiful, but felt a bit rushed. No time to see the castle and the visitor center, so we just saw as much of the castle as we could and then had to hurry to find where the bus would pick us all up. More than one hour at the castle/visitor center would have been better. Other than feeling a bit rushed at Urquart, we very much enjoyed the tour. Gorgeous scenery on Loch Ness, beautiful and interesting ruins at Urquart.
• Submitted 13 Jul 2017
Both the guides were knowledgeable. The guide on the boat sang old folk songs which really added to the experience. He was perfect. The bus guide was informative with great tidbits. Very accessible for handicapped.
• Submitted 13 Jun 2017
Amazing tour.
• Submitted 08 Jun 2017
Awesome trip, informational bus ride to the boat launch location, tour guide on the boat was entertaining and easy to listen to. Bonus to the trip it was sunny and almost windless. I highly recommend the hot chocolate with whiskey!
• Submitted 09 May 2017
Super fun tour!
• Submitted 20 Mar 2017
Great trip, very interesting. The bus driver was so funny.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2017
Excellent tour guide Alan. Very informative tour needed a bit longer at the castle, can't do the film and souvenir shop, had to be one or other. However very enjoyable time thanks to Alan's commentary.
• Submitted 16 Feb 2017
Really good excursion. The driver had a lot of knowledge about the area and shared many interesting facts. The boat ride gives a great view of Loch Ness and the surrounding area and the castle is amazing. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2016
Great tour, great guide/bus driver
• Submitted 26 Oct 2016
Great trip - Alan was a great tour host - informative, entertaining and helpful. All aspects were enjoyable, the coach journey and sights, the boat ride and the castle. With only two days in Inverness this was the perfect way to get a taste of what is on offer.
• Submitted 25 Sep 2016
Bus driver/tour guide was great. Lovely boat trip. Just enough time at the Castle.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2016
Excellent tour, very well organized.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2016
very well organized, first class bus transportation to the Lochness Boat, very knowledgeable tour guides, worth the .
• Submitted 01 Aug 2016
I originally just signed up to do the cruise for an hour but didn't want to get to the hotel starting point, from Inverness, on my own. I decided to see the castle and I'm so glad I opted for this option. I'm happy Nessie wasn't hungry enough to try and eat us. I learned an incredible amount of information about Scotland, past and present, from this tour. If one is limited on time, this is worth it as it's only a couple of hours. Make sure to also watch the 8 minute video about the Castle. I like the showmanship of how they do it. You'll just have to go as I won't ruin the theatrics. By the way, if old enough, get the hot chocolate with Whisky on the Loch.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 01 Jul 2016
This was a great day trip from Inverness. Our driver Alan provided a really good introduction and commentary. The boat trip out on the Loch was stunning. The one hour to wander around the castle ruins was the perfect amount of time and I snuck into the final 8 minute video session at the information centre which provided a good history of the castle. All in all, great value for money.
• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
Alan was a great tour guide. He was very friendly and knowledgable. We enjoyed this tour!
• Submitted 29 Feb 2016
Great tour guide and fun trip
• Submitted 30 Jul 2015
Very nice! Friendly tour guide, friendly boat crew, nice visit
• Submitted 05 Jun 2015

In Brief

Inverness, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
3 hours
Led by a local guide
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water