Top 10 Things to do in Loch Ness, Scotland

With depths reaching 700 feet and a length of more than 20 miles, Loch Ness provides plenty of hiding places for its legendary monster. Should you tire of searching for Nessie, this scenic section of the Scottish Highlands also delivers charming villages like Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus, open-air Shakespearean productions, multiple golf courses and medieval Urquhart Castle. Wildlife of the non-mythological variety and ancient Caledonian pine forests can be found in the Glen Affric nature reserve.

1. Loch Ness

Scotland Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Mysterious Sites, Bodies of Water More
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4.5 based on 1526 reviews

Loch Ness

Many people believe that this brooding lake in Northern Scotland, 21 square miles in size at an average depth of 800 feet, could certainly hide a large dinosaur-like "monster," the lake's long-time and elusive resident.

Reviewed By webatweb - Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles, California

No Nessie!

Loch Ness was on the itinerary because we needed a photo and souvenir for our grandson, also we had never been that far north. It's worth it! The Loch is tranquil yet mysterious, beautiful yet haunting. It was narrower than I expected and probably twice a

2. Urquhart Castle

A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Castles
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Urquhart Castle

Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands. Climb the Grant Tower that watches over the iconic loch, peer into a miserable prison cell, said to have held the legendary Gaelic bard Domhnall Donn, and imagine the splendid banquets staged in the great hall. A more comfortable view of the iconic ruins, against a backdrop of Loch Ness and the hills of the Great Glen, can be enjoyed from the café. Urquhart’s stories are also told through a remarkable collection of artefacts left by its residents, historic replicas, including a full-sized, working trebuchet siege engine, and a short film. The castle has a distinctly Highland heritage and the site has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in our nation’s history. This is where St Columba is said to have worked miracles in the 6th century, where acts of chivalry and defiance provided inspiration during the Wars of Independence and where the MacDonald Lords of the Isles struggled with the Crown for power.

Reviewed By MTS--1000 - Everett, WashingtonEverett, Washington

Nice!

We stopped on the road above the castle. It is a beautiful setting and view of the loch. I don’t know about actually visiting it. It appeared that part of it was under restoration.

3. Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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Fort Augustus

This imposing old fort, which was incorporated into the Benedictine Abbey in 1876, is bisected by the Caledonian Canal, where to the north the canal enters the famous Loch Ness and into the village itself through a series of locks.

Reviewed By Janine_CP - Auckland Central, New ZealandAuckland Central, New Zealand

Fascinating place to visit

Fort Augustus is worth the drive along the Loch Ness to visit. It has the quaintist shops and the caledonian canal flows through the centre of the town with a number of locks. There are plenty of car parks and a lovely fish & chip shop where you can order

4. Corrimony Chambered Cairn

National Grid Reference: 26, NH 383 303 | Glen Urquart, 8.5m West of Drumnadrochit off the A831, Drumnadrochit IV63 6TJ, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins
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Corrimony Chambered Cairn

Reviewed By JohnChua1991 - Hong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China

Iron Age Remains

Free-of-charge remains from Iron Age, small but interesting, worth a visit if you are in the area, parking nearby

5. General Wade’s Military Roads

Fort Augustus PH32 4BY, Scotland Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Scenic Drives More
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General Wade’s Military Roads

Reviewed By JimmyJackk - San Marcos, CaliforniaSan Marcos, California

Worth it

Just another great place to drive while in Scotland. Beautiful scenery and like most roads very narrow.

6. Village Green

Drumnadrochit, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Village Green

Reviewed By johnhouston2 - Knaresborough, United KingdomKnaresborough, United Kingdom

This is certainly an attractive village.

There is no doubt that Drumnadrochit is an attractive village, and the village green makes the perfect centrepiece. There are several cafes and tourist shops, albeit that I find the constant “Nessie” theme a tad tacky and tiresome.But hey - if that’s what

7. Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh

Drumnadrochit, Scotland Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh

Reviewed By KarolaRS

Prominent

The most prominent summit around Loch Ness and provides a straightforward hillwalk with good views. I'd say it's quite a straightforward hillwalk with a clear path throughout though it is eroded, rough and boggy on the upper slopes...Set off well eqipped

8. The Falls of Foyers

Foyers IV2 6XU, Scotland Nature & Parks, Waterfalls
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The Falls of Foyers

Reviewed By christophercU9545JU - Tynemouth, United KingdomTynemouth, United Kingdom

Easy walk to lovely waterfall

The falls at flyers are accessed via a small car park with cafe and village shop. The public toleiets were locked and in quite a state when we visited. The path to the waterfall was well signposted and maintained. There are handrails and very secure guard

9. Suidhe Viewpoint

| B862, Fort Augustus IV2 6UP, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Lookouts
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Suidhe Viewpoint

Reviewed By VladHampshire - HampshireHampshire

Stunning views!

Although you can go part way up by car (there are laybys to park in) you still need to be fit to do the last climb. Your reward is panoramic views to Loch Ness and Loch Tarff. Beautiful on a sunny day!

10. St Ninians Church

St. Ninians House Loch Meiklie, Drumnadrochit IV63 6TN, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals, Scenic Walking Areas, Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites More
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St Ninians Church

Historic church in lovely setting by Loch Meiklie. Built 1853 by architect Alexander Ross, features crowstepped gable and belfry, oriel and lancet windows. Early Christian cross, possibly 4th. century, set into altar. Walks and picnic table by the loch. Visitors welcome at services and at any time.

Reviewed By Viewlander - Edinburgh, United KingdomEdinburgh, United Kingdom

Interesting church

It's not large but it's a very pleasant village church with a fine interior and there are many worse ways to pass the time in the village

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