The world famous Loch Ness is just over an hour away. A day trip to Loch Ness for some monster hunting is an easy option from Lochaber Cottage.
Turn right at Roy Bridge then travel along the A86 to Spean Bridge. Turn right again, onto the A82, and follow the road north along the majestic Great Glen.
The Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Visitor Centre at Drumnadrochit is a VisitScotland 5-star graded visitor attraction, and is the ideal place to indulge in a little monster hunting. Recently upgraded the Centre takes a more questioning look at the legends surrounding the Loch. However it loses none of the inherent interest in a compelling story and thousands of years of history.
Monsters aside, Loch Ness is the second largest in Scotland by surface area (after Loch Lomond). It is also the second deepest (after Loch Morar, which features its own monster legend). However taking size and depth together Loch Ness can boast of being the largest in terms of volume of water.
While you’re there take a boat trip on the Loch itself. Boats set off from the visitor centre every hour on the hour.
Overlooking all of this are the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle. No day trip to Loch Ness would be complete without a visit to one of Scotland’s most iconic locations.
Once one of Scotland’s largest castles the ruins are still substantial and impressive. The castle commands great views up the length of the loch and is perhaps the most popular site for reported sightings of the monster.
On the way there and back you will pass through Fort Augustus and may wish to stop and see the Caledonian Canal.