Guide to Loch Ness
Guide to Loch Ness
Monster in the moonlight
Deep in the Scottish Highlands, nestled between Inverness and Fort Augustus is Loch Ness, one of Scotland’s most mysterious lochs. Legend has it that Nessie, the elusive loch monster, lives beneath the 23 square miles of cold water.
Unfortunately, visitors are more likely to see Nessie in one of the local exhibitions and on keyrings in sourvenir shops, than in real life. Nevertheless, Loch Ness is still one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK.
Where to stay
The long summer nights make campervanning or camping a great choice when staying in and around Loch Ness. Wild camping is legal in Scotland, provided you stick to the rules laid out by the Outdoor Access Code. There’s nothing better than waking up to the beautiful scenery and sound of the birds, rather than the noise from the caravan next door. However, you might have to park up your camper somewhere suitable before spending the night in a tent if you want to sleep under the stars.
If you do like the idea of a campsite, rather than the responsibility of fending for yourselves in the Scottish countryside, here are a few suggestions:
- Cannich Caravan & Camping Park, near Beauly
- Borlum Camping & Caravan Park, Drumnadrochit
- Loch Ness Shores Club Site, Inverness
Visit the main pages of our website to hire a campervan for your Loch Ness trip.
What to see
If visitors haven’t headed up north to Loch Ness to see if they can spot the monster, then they must have been drawn by the spectaclar views. 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, so hy not celebrate the country’s natural beauty up in the Highlands?
Loch Ness is set against a backdrop of dramatic mountains, lush forests and rapid white waters. A complete lap of Loch Ness (around 70 miles) will allow you to see the everything this area has to offer, but remember to travel anticlockwise for the most spectacular views.
For those that would rather explore the area on foot, the Trail of the Seven Lochs, is a 50-mile route for walkers. Although sections are suitable for people of all abilities, the terrain does vary, so be sure to check out the guide before embarking on an adventure.
Things to do
Loch Ness may well be a beautiful area, but the kids and thrill-seekers will be pleased to hear that it’s not all about taking in the views. Mountain biking enthusiasts will find themselves in a riding heaven as they can explore the trails down Great Glen Way and Caledonian Canal.
Being a loch, it’s no surprise that fishing is one of the most popular activities. Whether, you’re trying to catch salmon, trout, pike or char, you can spend all day relaxing at the water side. If you’d rather get on the water than sit next to it, don’t be afraid to try out sailing, canoeing or even waterskiing.
After a day of strenuous activity, you can explore another side of Loch Ness, it’s rich history and heritage. Urquhart Castle, just a couple of miles away from Drumnadrochit, has a visitor centre and video theatre, as well as an exhibition of items found in the castle. Delve further into the local history at the Clansman Centre, where you’ll be able to watch live demonstrations and visit a workshop, where you can buy replica swords crafted on-site.
To find out more about Loch Ness and the surrounding area, head to the Visit Loch Ness website.