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Travel around Loch Ness

Loch Ness and it's many attractive communities situated in unspoiled countryside offer a warm welcome and all the ingredients for the perfect holiday experience.

On the northern shore, Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston provide a wealth of things to see and do and easy access to the scenic  natural wonders of Glen Urquhart, Glen Affric and Glenmoriston.

At the western end of the 23-mile Loch Ness lies Fort Augustus, a scenic town and the gateway from Thomas Telford's Caledonian Canal. South Loch Ness offers Foyers and its famous 100 foot falls, and the peaceful havens of Whitebridge, Gorthleck, Errogie, Inverfarigaig, Torness and the loch side village of Dores.

Detail map of Loch Ness Map of Loch Ness in relation to Scotland
Map of Loch Ness in relation to Britain

How to get to Loch Ness

By Road, the A82 on the north side links Loch Ness with Inverness (rail, air and national bus links) the capital of the Highlands.  Inverness links east to Aberdeen and north and west to Ullapool, Wester Ross, Caithness and Sutherland and points further afield. From the Loch Ness you can go west to the Isle of Skye and south from Ft Augustus to Ft William, Glasgow and Perth. The B862 on the south side links all the main villages between Ft Augustus and Inverness, linking to the A9 south to Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Regular local and national buses provide a service to all areas. Local Tour & Taxi operators can also offer organised and tailored tours.

By Air-for frequent direct flights to and from London Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester , Kirkwal, Stornoway, Benbecula, Sumburgh, Edinburgh and Glasgow use Inverness Airport some 7 miles east of Inverness / 21 miles from Loch Ness. NEW - Direct flights to and from Dublin & Leeds are now available & Ryanair has just launched a direct route from Liverpool & a new route from Newcastle via Easter Airways. 

By Rail you can reach Inverness or Ft William with regular journeys north, east to Aberdeen, west to Skye, and south to Glasgow, Edinburgh and London (including sleeper services).

By Foot: The Great Glen Way is 73 miles/117km in length. It runs from Fort William, in the west, to Inverness, in the east, with spectacular views and historical and natural heritage to be discovered all along the way. The route can be walked in 5-6 days, staying overnight in the various communities within the Glen and suits all levels of walker. For more information about the Great Glen Way click here.

There are also other routes which run along the South side of  Loch Ness- click here to find out about more or visit the website for South Loch Ness 

By Bike: The Great Glen Mountain Bike Trail (80 miles) is a fully way-marked mountain biking route and runs from Fort William to Inverness. Find out more here. This is just one of the routes that can bring you to the Loch Ness Area.

By Boat: Opened in 1822, the Caledonian Canal is one of the most fascinating waterways in Europe. The sixty mile long Canal takes you through Loch Ness and the Great Glen. On the great stretches of open water you are never far from sheltered moorings, and the short canal stretches are full of variety with only 10 locks, all operated by keepers.

There are piers, jetties and mooring places along Loch Ness. Most are free of charge. The hotels and pubs welcome boating visitors and there are well-stocked shops at villages plus the full services in the larger towns.

Established cruises of various durations are avialable from a couple of hours to all day (and overnight!). A  fast ferry service runs from Dochgarroch - Inverness to Fort Augustus (and will stop at Foyers by request) which includes a shuttle bus to and from  Inverness city centre.

Cruising on the Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus Aerial photograph of Loch Ness and Fort Augustus

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