Cruising On Loch Ness
The mystique of Loch Ness, the scenic ruins of Urquhart Castle, the glimpse of a rainbow over the Loch – all these are yours to see when you take the Jacobite boat cruise on Loch Ness, in the Highlands of Scotland. Drive southwest of Inverness on A82 (on the north side of Loch Ness), to the Clansman Hotel (and Clansman Harbour). Park for free at the Clansman Hotel and cross under the underpass to get to the docks. You can purchase tickets here, or book them online with Jacobite Tours.
There are a variety of tours – from one hour to over 6 hours, with stops at Urquhart Castle and possibly the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre in Drumnadrochit. It’s a good idea to ascertain the state of the Loch before choosing to go – if it’s super choppy, or raining hard, you’ll have a less than pleasant ride. Pick a clear, sunny day and enjoy!
The boats have both upper and lower decks. If you can snag a spot on the upper deck, you’ll be able to see much more than from behind other tourists, peering around them and their cameras! So try to board first and head up the stairs. I recommend a seat at the back, so that you can see where you went and capture some rainbows, if possible! The front of the boat is crowded, with people eager to see where the boat is headed. However, almost all views from the boat are spectacular.
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