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Loch Ness is probably the most famous of all Scottish Lochs, undoubtedly due to its resident monster affectionately known as “Nessie”. It is a world class tourist destination and an area of outstanding natural beauty.
At the south end of the Loch is the village of Fort Augustus from where you can take a sail on the Loch or enjoy a stroll around this ancient and beautiful village and witness the passing boats being raised and lowered between the Loch and the Caledonian Canal. Further north is the attractive village of Drumnadrochit home to the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Nessieland. Just outside the village stands the ancient Urquhart Castle an atmospheric ruin with a long and bloody history which looks over the dark waters of Loch Ness. On the eastern side of the loch is a quiet single track road where access to the shore of the Loch is much easier, offering more monster spotting opportunities.
Fort Augustus – Attractive village from where you can cruise on the Loch
Foyers – Lovely village with dramatic waterfalls on the quieter eastern shore of the Loch.
The bonus of a visit to Loch Ness is the journey. This takes you through Rob Roy country, across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor to stunning Glencoe and past Fort William and Scotland’s highest mountain Ben Nevis. It is very tempting to detour here and visit the beautiful Glen Nevis with its spectacular waterfalls and gorge. Glen Spean, Glen Garry and the Grampian Mountains are also memorable highlights of this tour.