Loch Ness – Inverness to Fort Augustus

nessmapStretching for 23 miles, Loch Ness is said to contain a volume of water greater than all the lakes and waterways of England and Wales put together. Room for a few mysteries perhaps?

The controversy over the Loch Ness monster is far from settled and surprising discoveries have recently been made concerning the Loch and its creatures. You are quite likely to see the research craft of the current Loch Ness Project in action, and at Drumnadrochit the Loch Ness  Exhibition Centre offers a multi-media look at Loch Ness and its mysteries.

The village of Drumnadrochit with its hotels, restaurants and shops can be easily reached from Urquhart Bay Harbour. From here you can also visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, where there is a visitor centre & coffee shop. There is also a jetty for cruisers at Urquhart Castle (no overnight mooring). The ruins of Urquhart Castle provide one of the best viewpoints over the waters of Loch Ness and there are many sightings from here –   though probably most of them are caused by boat wakes.

Make sure you find time to look round Fort Augustus, in the ‘heart of the Highlands’. Visit the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre and Fort Augustus Abbey. Fort Augustus also boasts several good places to eat, from the local chip shop to up-market restaurants.