Though it can’t hurt to keep your eyes open. Just in case…
If it is the search for Nessie that brings you to Loch Ness you might like to visit Nessieland or The Loch Ness Exhibition, which are both located nearby in the little town of Drumnadrochit. We poked around the gift shops of both, but ultimately decided these exhibitions weren’t for us. However, the idea of a boat ride was appealing, and since it wasn’t raining…
There are many boat companies to choose from, but we hadn’t done our homework, so went with the easy one at the Loch Ness Exhibition, after all our car was already parked there!
Thankfully, these weren’t the boats we were going on, or I may have changed my mind!
Here’s our boat!
The hour long ride turned out perfectly. While some of the tour was spent “looking” for Nessie using the boat’s deep scan radar equipment, most of it was spent enjoying the beauty of our surroundings while learning about the history of both the area and legend. With room for only 12 passengers the boat wasn’t large, but it was comfortable and we had many photo opportunities.
Toward the end of the ride the boys were given the opportunity to drive the boat!
Exploring the ruins of Urquhart Castle
Though Urquhart Castle was reduced to ruins in 1692, its advantageous position overlooking and surrounded by the Loch Ness on three sides, and it’s incredible storied history dating back to before the times of Robert the Bruce, make it a popular and very worthwhile tourist destination. I highly suggest stopping in the visitors center to watch the short film on the castle’s history before you begin exploring.
Fiddlers Restaurant located in the little town of Drumnadrochit is definitely worth a stop! The food and service were excellent!
Do keep in mind that the boats won’t operate if the conditions on the Loch aren’t optimal, so if there is any doubt consider calling ahead.