Loch Ness Travel Guide

Situated in the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness is the most famous lake in the whole of Scotland and people travel here from all over the world for the chance to catch a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness monster. This is also an area of intense natural beauty and nature lovers will find a large number of enchanting hiking and walking trails to follow leading around this large and lovely lake and into the surrounding countryside. This part of Scotland is scattered with tiny traditional towns and villages to explore, while the nearby city of Inverness makes a great place to use as a base while exploring Loch Ness.

Things to see and do in Loch Ness

There are some excellent opportunities for trekking around Loch Ness and this impressive lake covers an area of more than 21 square miles. The views from the western bank are particularly stunning, while paths also lead to the top of the rugged hills that surround the lake and provide visitors with picturesque panoramic views of the area.

People who want to learn more about the legends and myths that surround the Loch Ness Monster should make sure they pay a visit to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. This is a vibrant attraction that features lasers and special effects to really make the legend come to life and is sure to impress people of all ages.

Loch Ness, Scotland

View of two canoeists in early morning. loch Ness is a large, deep, loch in the Highlands extending for approximately 37 km southwest of Inverness.

Taking a stroll along the Caledonian Canal is a great way to unwind while taking in the sight of some of the area’s most impressive historic attractions. This is the site of the majestic Fort Augustus, while watching the canal boats move slowly along this important waterway is a relaxing experience.

Urquhart Castle is one of the most famous historic buildings in the whole of the Scottish Highlands and offers an interesting insight to the unique history and culture of the area. Visitors can also climb to the top of the keep of Urquhart Castle to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the area.

Urquhart Castle – Loch Ness, Scotland

Dusk on a famous Scottish castle.

Set with a series of enchanting rapids and glens, Invermoriston is an exciting place for nature lovers to explore. There are some excellent hiking trails to be found here that take visitors all the way along the River Moriston from Fort Augustus to the Isle of Skye.

Climate conditions

It tends to get rather chilling in the Scottish Highlands, especially in the winter months. The best time for lovers of the Great Outdoors to visit Loch Ness is in the summer and the months of June, July and August offer plenty of warm and dry days to enjoy.