Loch Ness Things to Do

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    Waiting for our Loch Cruise at Urquhart...
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    Urquhart Castle on the Loch Ness Cruise
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    Loch Ness Legend Monster!
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    A disapppointing Cruise!

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 11, 2012

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    Waiting for our Loch Cruise at Urquhart Castle
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    On the Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Tour I did in May 2010, there was the optional excursion to visit Urquhart Castle and take in a lake cruise. I had high expectations especially what Loch Ness connotes to and also I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Urquhart Castle.

    We were scheduled to ride on part of the Jacobite Freedom Cruise where it took 30-40 to reach Clansman Harbour from Urquhart Castle. I don't remember exactly what I paid as the optional excursion but I felt I didn't get my money's worth for the cruise as it was too short. I was thinking it would an hour or so cruising. I would like to do another lake cruise again, again probably by Jacobite, but it will considerably be a longer one (from Inverness). Please check out the company's website for further information.

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    Urquhart Castle

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 3, 2011

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    Urquhart is on Loch Ness shoreline near Drumnadrochit in the Scottish Highlands. I visited the castle whilst doing a day tour of the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh. The castle has great views of Loch Ness and from the loch it's an impressive structure reminding those on board what a strong presence the castle once had!

    The ruin castle has a turbulant past with its power struggle from the English invaders to the Scottish Lords of the Isles over 500 years. The castle was the key sight for the battles for Scottish Independence before the union in the early 18th Century. You can visit the impressive visitors centre where there is a short film presenting the history from St Columba's visit to the Jacobite uprising in 1689 (available in six languages).

    I was there in May 2010. It cost me 7.00 GBP although I purchased a combined with a Loch Ness cruise at the time with the tour company so I might have got in cheaper.

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    Nice stop at Urquhart Castle

    by WorldRunner100 Written Jul 15, 2009

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    As my title indicates, this was a very nice place to stop along Loch Ness and stretch our legs and take a couple photos. I posted my photos and a narrative on my travel blog at:

    http://adams-travel-blog.blogspot.com/2009/07/scotland-day-1.html

    It was definitely a nice stop, but I'm not sure going into the castle is necessary. It really just adds to the scenery of beautiful Loch Ness.

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    Hypnotic Loch Ness

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jan 8, 2009

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    In November Loch Ness was still clinging fleetingly on to Autumn colours. The views really are hypnotic - my eyes were constantly drawn to this mystical and magical body of water. It didn't matter whether I was inside the lodge's sitting room or my bedroom or indeed outside on the terrace the Loch always deserved another look with its constantly changing colours and mood. I was surprised when I uploaded the photos to find one in black and white - but no it did contain colour but most of the colour had vanished in the ever changing light conditions you find here. Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland next to Loch Lomond but is the biggest by volume, it contains more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales. At its deepest point it plunges to an amazing 754 feet. At this depth it is small wonder no one has spotted Nessie - she still remains an illusion but a huge tourist draw and I would imagine she is happy residing in this most romantic spot.

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    Tours around Scotland

    by mavis77 Written Jul 13, 2008

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    picturesque town of Dunkeld
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    I highly recommend the day trip to Loch Ness with 'Haggis Adventures'. They are probably more suited to the younger crowd, but the guides were so friendly and knowledgeable. They grew up in the area, and set out to make sure everyone on the bus had a great day. We travelled from the centre of Edinburgh, quite early, by bus to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness. We then took a boat trip on Loch Ness..without any sightings. After lunch on the way back, we stopped in many quaint towns including Dunkeld, which is just picturesque. The town is basically postcard quality homes, with an old worldly style and a main street leading to a massive old church, all set next a pristine river. It was a very full day but also a very satisfying way of seeing the country with people who knew real stories about Scotland's history. If I am ever back that way I wouldn't hesitate in going with Haggis Adventures again, as they made it a very pleasant experience.

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    LOOK FOR THE LOCH NESS MONSTER !

    by DAO Updated Apr 12, 2008

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    CLICK TO SEE ALL OF IT !!!!

    THIS IS A REAL PICTURE OF THE MONSTER !!!!!

    Just go down to the Loch on a full moon (only). Take along some whiskey. Drink the whiskey. All of it. Not polite to waste any and you need to support the local economy. All finished? Now look out. Farther. See it now? There it is! Get the camera out!

    THE NEXT DAY:
    Buy a new camera. The old one does not take good pictures of monsters. Need some aspirin too.

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    Boating on the Loch

    by supercarys Written Oct 11, 2006

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    Take a boat tour on Loch Ness. For around £8 you can go on an hour long cruise of Loch Ness with sonar readings of the water for all you Nessie watchers and commentary along the way over the PA telling you something of the history of the area. (Bonnie Prince Charlie was rumoured to have hidden in the mountains but it was actually a decoy).

    It is very windy and it's a cold wind even in September so take a windproof jacket and maybe a beanie if you do.

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    Tracking the Lochness monster!

    by husain Written Jul 16, 2006
    the famous picture- eventually declared a hoax

    Just like the Himalayas have tales of the Yeti, Scotlands contribution monster tales is the one of Nessie, the Lochness monster.
    Inspite of various reports of `sightings' including some photographs, most of which were later proved to be hoaxes, few people take Nessies tales seriously. There have been various scientific studies as well, using the latest available equipment, which have come to the same conclusion.

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    Lock Ness Experience

    by susancallus Written Jun 24, 2006

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    Do explore Loch Ness with Scotline Tour.
    We booked from Edinburgh and they are the best for creating wonderful Tours in Scotland. You can find them in 87, High Street (Royal Mile). They have about 10 different fantastic tours. We chose two of them. The first one was the Loch Ness Experience (full day) visiting the wonderful Highlands, the impressive Urquhart Castle and a very enjoyable Loch Ness cruise.

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    Take a Cruise

    by stevezero Written Jun 19, 2006

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    Several companies offer cruises on Loch Ness. You can keep your eyes open for the monster and also admire the magnificent scenery. Some of them stop at the landing stage for Urquhart Castle, where you can stop off and explore the ruins.

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    Urquhart Castle

    by stevezero Written Jun 19, 2006

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    Urquhart Castle is one one of Scotland's most visited castles. It is also one of the most exploited. We had free admission via Historic Scotland card, but otherwise I would not have bothered, instead joining the many who just park up, take a few photos for free and move on. I would save my money for the magnificent Fort George, east of inverness.
    Anyway, a brief history -
    Urquhart witnessed considerable conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress and its history from the 13th to 17th centuries was particularly bloody. Following Edward I’s invasion, it fell into English hands and was then reclaimed and lost again. In the 14th century, it figured prominently in the Scots’ struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots.
    In the 15th and 16th centuries, the castle and glen were frequently raided from the west by the ambitious Macdonald Lords of the Isles.

    In the care of Historic Scotland
    Admission Charge - Adults £6.50

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    The Monster

    by stevezero Written Jun 19, 2006

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    Definitely not my photo

    The world famous Loch Ness monster, known affectionately as 'Nessie' by most people and by the scientific believers as Nessiteras rhombopteryx goes back a long, long way, the first recorded sighting being by no less a person than a holy saint. The saint was St. Columba and the year 565 AD.
    Since then there have been may "sightings" and expeditions to find the monster. Does it really exist - who knows? But I guess if you have taken the time to come up here then you will no doubt spend some time peering at the waters in search of it. Also no doubt you will see that little disturbance and tell yourself that you have seen something!

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    Loch Ness Cruise

    by rdo911 Written Dec 31, 2005
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    If you visit the Scottish Tourist Information Centre in Inverness they will be able to sign you up for an excellent tour of Loch Ness. They pick up up at the tourist centre in Inverness and take you down some of the bumpiest roads ever built in Scotland. The tour bus had good padded seats so this is not a major problem. Once at the loch, you transfer onto a small boat which spends about an hour on the water. You probably won't see the monster. But, there are lots of ducks and the occational swan to feed. The swans will actually take a piece of bread right out of your hand.

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    Urquhart Castle

    by ginte Updated Oct 14, 2005

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    Urquhart Castle is not the usual castle, as you may think. Mostly it's in ruins. Located at the beautiful place, 2 miles from Drumnadrochit on a rocky peninsula on the banks of Loch Ness. You will get a good view into the lake from the top of the tower.

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    Loch Ness lake

    by ginte Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    View to the Loch Ness lake from Urquhart Castle

    Loch Ness is famous worldwide because of the lake monster Nessie. Many people believe that she lives there and come to the lake trying to see her. I guess, this legend overshadows the beauty of the Loch Ness. The lake, created by a glacier, is the largest body of fresh water in Britain. It is almost 2 km (1 mile) wide and 39 km (24 miles) long. Due to its great depth Loch Ness never freezes. From any place of Loch Ness lake you'll see wonderful views. Urquhart Castle is the most famous landmark at the Loch Ness lake.

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