Loch Ness things to do
Loch Ness is known around the world for Nessie the fabled Loch Ness Monster, but the area is also famous for its beauty and history as well as our legendary mystery.
You may be surprised to learn just how much the area offers in terms of visitor attractions, things to do and activities and as a base for exploring further afield in the Highlands.
There really is something for everyone. For instance, if you like history, the area is filled with historic gems - from majestic Urquhart Castle to the Caledonian Canal, a wonder of the industrial age that is still very much in use today. Indeed, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy the magnificent Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness itself from the water either sailing or on the numerous pleasure boat cruises that operate in the area.
Back on dry land, there are plenty of heritage and wildlife trails around Loch Ness - and the parish churches are ideal sources of information for those hoping to research their Heritage or Scottish ancestors.
There are plenty of sporting activities to take part in - all set against a breathtaking backdrop of highland scenery. You could spend a relaxing day fishing for salmon, trout or pike - or try your hand at sailing or canoeing on the Loch.
If you're feeling more energetic, there are plenty of adventure sports on offer in the area - mountain biking, hill walking, wind surfing, paragliding and skiing on the Nevis Range.
Remember, Scotland is the home of golf, so don't forget to pack your clubs.
If you enjoy a more sedate pace, you could tour the art galleries, exhibitions, museums and craft shops in the area - stopping off here and there to sample the award-winning cuisine offered by our restaurants and inns.
In the evening, you'll find a wide range of entertainment options - from traditional Scottish ceilidh music to open-air productions of Shakespeare plays.
Whatever your interest or whatever your age - Loch Ness and the Great Glen will help you and your family find what you're looking for.