A day away to Loch Ness
Mystical, deep, dark, narrow and 23 miles in length Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh water in the UK. Parts of the loch sink to depths of up to 330 metres with every nook and crannie explored in search for the mysterious Loch Ness Monster.
Along the north-western shore runs the A82 connecting Fort William with the Highland city of Inverness passing through the tiny village of Fort Augustus and the historical Urquart Castle which has stood sentinel on the banks of the loch for almost 1000 years.
The opposite shore is much more picturesque and peaceful and provides the opportunity for a wonderful scenic tour. Take the B862 which follows the south-eastern shore the scenery is exceptional, the full circuit of Loch Ness is approximately 70 miles.
A wonderful way to discover the wonders of Loch Ness is from the water. There are a good selection of boat trips that operate throughout the year, also boating holidays are extremely popular on the loch and every season of the year has its very special moments.
One amazing spectacle is on a frosty winter’s morning when the mists boil off the water’s surface or an early evening moon-rise watch as it sparkles off the waters of Loch Ness.
A day away to Loch Ness Activities:
On the loch you can spend some relaxing time fishing for char, salmon, trout and sea trout – or paddle along the loch in a canoe or take a sailing trip through the Caledonian Canal.
With a huge selection of walking trails that caters for all abilities from accessible riverside city walks to long distance hikes and challenging hill walks through the Great Glen Way, the Affric Kintail Way and the South Loch Ness Trail.
You can hire a bike or use your own to explore and discover the Great Glen trails, forest, quaint Highland villages and the Caledonian Canal.
If you are a golfer, there are several courses on the Moray Coast, take a trip to the Aigas Golf Club. It’s a 9 hole course that nestles amidst spectacular scenery between the Aigas forest and the river Beauly.
Fort Augustus sports a wonderful 9 hole course that’s a little jewel set in the heart of the Great Glen and has the reputation of being one the most difficult 9 hole courses in Scotland.
There are other amazing places to visit such as prehistoric stone circles, awesome waterfalls, historic churches and buildings, RSPB nature reserves and lots more – and it’s all for free!
Add to this mix – whisky distilleries, Culloden battlefield, botanical gardens, ancient sites and Victorian engineering marvels such as the Caledonian Canal.
Inverness is host to a theatre cinemas, traditional and modern pubs, cafes, restaurants and a shopping centre for some retail therapy.