Day trip

From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Day Tour

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Day Tour

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours
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From US$ 60.67 per person

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Spend a day hunting for Nessie, cruising on Loch Ness, and exploring the village of Fort Augustus on this trip from Inverness. Visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, Foyers falls, and Dores Beach.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Hunt for Nessie on beautiful Loch Ness
  • Explore the picturesque village of Fort Augustus
  • Admire the spectacular ruins of Urquhart Castle
  • Stop at the majestic Falls of Foyers - a 165ft waterfall loved by Robert Burns
  • Wander the sandy shoreline of Dores Beach on the banks of the loch
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Try to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster on this day trip from Inverness. Board an airconditioned coach and travel to iconic Highlands locations like Fort Augustus, the Caledonian Canal, and Invermoriston.

Leave Inverness in the morning and follow the beautiful Caledonian Canal to its source at Loch Ness. The loch is home to the famous Loch Ness monster, affectionately known as Nessie.

You'll spend most of the morning at Loch Ness, allowing plenty of time to look for Nessie. Choose to take a 5-star cruise across the loch to Urquhart Castle. If you’d rather see the loch from the shore, then stay on board the bus and your driver will take you to Urquhart Castle.

Explore the ruins of the castle, enjoy the visitor center, and soak up the atmosphere of Scotland’s most famous Loch. Your tour continues to Invermoriston, where you'll pause to take photos of the bridge and Columbus Well. Afterwards, journey to Fort Augustus, the furthermost point of your full-day Highlands tour.

Fort Augustus is a small town of only 650 people and a perfect spot to watch boats passing through the Caledonian Canal while you enjoy your lunch. After lunch you'll begin the journey back to Inverness, stopping at the Falls of Foyers. The waterfall was a favorite retreat for poet Rabbie Burns, and is truly breathtaking.

Enjoy plenty of time here to appreciate the landscape before continuing on to Dores to see Dores Beach. Spend a short while wandering the sandy shoreline before boarding the bus for the final time and returning to Inverness.

  • Travel on a modern, comfortable coach
  • Live commentary from your expert driver-guide
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entry to attractions
  • Loch Ness cruise
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Stand 6, Inverness Bus Station to begin your tour. You can download a copy of your tour itinerary in your language here:

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • This tour operates in all weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 154 reviews

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First of all, I have to say that hands down Luke is THE BEST TOUR guide ever. He goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has such a fabulous time and makes lasting memories. Luke creates such a fun atmosphere on the bus, that by the end of the day we all feel like family. So, it feels like you’ve spent the day with family and friends enjoying all the beautiful sites. Which the sites are amazing and beautiful. We have dreamt of coming to the Loch Ness for a long time, and we finally got to fulfill this dream. Luke made sure we saw the best of each place and he even took amazing pictures for us too! He is such a talented photographer. He is super knowledgeable as well and tells the history of the Highlands in such an interesting way. During the bus ride, Luke played really great music to go along with the places we were seeing, it was amazing how he choreographed it. There isn’t a detail that Luke hasn’t thought of. It’s a fabulous tour with great stops. You won’t be disappointed.

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January 16, 2023

What a great tour, stunning scenery, breathtaking views and a load of fun. A big thx to our guide Andy from Inverness, he helped me when i battled with walking or the stairs and i am very greatfull for that. Thank you Andy from Timberbush Tours. A real gentleman!! I will definitely be comming up to Inverness again as soon as i can and do more tours. And if Andy ever finds out any information on the "ghosts" on the broken wooden bridge in Fort Augustus, please let me know, i havent found anything on the internet yet. Thank you for a great day.

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December 22, 2022

The tour was really interesting, especially Urquhart Castle which felt just magical. Throughout the bus ride from one spot to the other the tour guide alternated between jokes and facts (general or historical) about the area, which was fun and made the whole trip more pleasing. Today we were lucky enough to have a chilly but sunny weather for most of the day, so we really enjoyed ourselves! A special thanks to the tour guides, who were very lovely people.

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October 7, 2022

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