Loch Ness is famed for its beautiful and epic landscapes. There’s no place in Scotland with lush rolling hills like Loch Ness’ but it’s most intriguing feature is probably the River Ness where the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster is believed to live.
Each year, Loch Ness attracts millions of travellers from all over the world because of its golf courses, its unique trails and big marathon events, and like we mentioned, because of the elusive Monster Nessie. First mentioned back in 565AD, since then, alleged sightings of the creature have popped up over time and the legend of Nessie is still going strong.
If you’re keen to find out more about the Loch Ness Monster, an exhibition takes an evidence-based approach to investigate the Monster’s existence. Time to make up your own mind: is it just a loch, or is there more than what meets the eye?
Land Tours to the River Ness
There are many ways to experience the River Ness. You can embark on one of the day tours offered by touring companies like IT Tours. The river is so vast and long, and there are a lot of famous spots around the river which you can visit.
Among the places around River Ness, our clients’ favourite is the Urquhart Castle. This is a ruined medieval castle on the border of the Loch Ness. The castle has so much history which can be dated back to the 13th century.
History geeks as well as those who just want to go on a mystical tour don’t want to miss the Urquhart Castle when they book with us. We take them there through our high-class tour service cars and the ride usually takes 30 minutes from the Inverness city centre.
We suggest staying for 2 hours to explore the ruins and take photos before heading on to other tourist destinations around the River Ness.
Another castle with a great view of the river is the Inverness Castle. Although the insides aren’t open to the public as it is being used as the sheriff’s court, visitors can get a one-of-a-kind experience of the Highlands and River Ness from the 360 glass viewpoint of the castle.
Meanwhile, those who are on a Golf Holiday at the Kings Golf Club or the Loch Ness Golf Club would go on a side trip to the River Ness. These 2 golf courses are just 5-6 minute-drive from the river so most of them, most especially for the first time visitors in Scotland, would grab the chance to see the famous river.
Cruising the River Ness
There are many cruise companies on Loch Ness to choose from to view the scenery and local wildlife from the water. Some of them offer activities like Loch Ness Monster hunting trip, daily relaxing cruises to enjoy scenic Loch Ness, and evening cruises to soak up the beauty of the sunset.
The River is over 6 miles long so it will be a good cruise but don’t forget your sunblocks.
Trail, Cycling, Marathon Around River Ness
The better way to build a real connection with the nature and discover everything nice about the River Ness is to go on a trail or cycling trip circling the river.
Many people do this in summer. It will take about 5-7 days to finish the whole loop when you walk. B&Bs, inns and hotels are everywhere Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus, Foyers, and Dores, which are the towns you’ll pass through. We can arrange your accommodations during this trip too.
Cyclists take only 15 hours to finish the whole loop. But for some, they spend overnights in each town to get a chance to rest and explore the town before they cycle through the next.
There’s also a big marathon event that goes down the Loch Ness 360 trail once every year. Marathon and cycling enthusiasts from all over the world come here every October to join the fun. It’s among the biggest and most famous marathon events in the world.
Booking to see River Ness and everything nice around it?
Book with IT Tours, one of the leading tour companies in Inverness. We can help you organise the best itinerary so you can make the most of your stay here in the Highlands. Check out more of our offerings here on It-tours.co.uk.