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Loch Ness

Where is the best place to stay if you want to cruise Loch Ness and see Uruquart Castle? We will be in the area late August 2023.
Doesn’t have to be fancy!
Thanks in advance.

Posted by
1132 posts

Cruises either begin at Fort Augustus or Dochgarroch Lock just outside Inverness. Fort Augustus is smaller and less busy than Inverness and may be a nicer place to stop...

Posted by
1317 posts

Hi, Sherry,

Accommodation in Inverness tends to fill up quickly in August, so you should start looking soon. We have stayed at the Premier Inn West, which is about 100 yards from the Caledonian Canal, and close to the Loch Ness cruises. It's not fancy, but it is quite comfortable.

There are also lots of B&Bs along Glenurquhart Road (A82), which is the main road through Inverness leading to Loch Ness.

Best wishes.

Mike (Auchterless)

Posted by
28 posts

Thanks Mike! We have stayed in Premier Inns before and find them quite suitable. Will book soon.

Posted by
30298 posts

are you really sure that you want to boat on that loch? Nessie may come up under ye and toss ye in the water and finish ye!!!!

What would the family say?

Posted by
2635 posts

Nigel, so you're suggesting we take out life insurance policies?

Quick question: Do you folks recommend a cruise or hiking along the shore?

Posted by
3749 posts

Google "Nessie Moves to North Carolina". She/he may not even be at Loch Ness when you go.

Posted by
1225 posts

Do you folks recommend a cruise or hiking along the shore?

We have done both :-)

In 2009 we rented boat from LeBoat and cruised the canal between Drumnadrochit (Urguhart Castle) and almost to Fort Williams and in 2016 we hiked from Inverness to Fort WIlliams - and made an extra stop in Fort Augustus, where we took a cruise on Loch Ness.

As you can guess we really liked Fort Augustus on our boat trip, so my recommendation is that you stay two nights in Fort Augustus and take a cruise on Loch Ness, but also just sit and watch all the boats going up and down the four locks in Fort Augustus.