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H01 Half Day Loch Ness Tour from Inverness seeing Loch Dochfour, Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit and the Loch Ness Centre - Four Hours

Tours are exclusive, but some people have offered the spare seats on their tour as shown in green below.

For a full list of dates where seats are available, see the calendar page.

A tailored tour picking you up from the airport, station or your Inverness Hotel Urquhart Castle - only Stirling and Edinburgh Castles are largerand building in the very finest half day. You choose your itinerary which can include a cruise, the Loch Ness Centre exhibition, Urquhart Castle and many other local attractions. If you prefer to avoid the tourist traps we can do that too, taking you to isolated prehistoric stone circles, magnificent viewpoints, waterfalls and other fascinating locations. 

A typical itinerary would begin with an Inverness Tour explaining the history of the castle, the natural history of the river and esker scenery, the story of city-status and the spire-less cathedral. Good photo-opportunities too.

Loch Ness from the Wellington Bomber beach at sunsetThen we cross the Caledonian Canal, pass the site of King Brude's sixth century fortress and approach the dramatic scenery of the world's most famous body of freshwater.

After a beach stop on the loch-side, if you have booked Tony, he use a short live+DVD presentation to help explain the monster story. Our other guides also have the inside story and use their own methods.

If you are taking a cruise you will now join the boat for a cruiseOne of the boats which could take you to see or visit the castle which can even be combined with a waterborne arrival at Urquhart Castle where your guide will meet you to provide some insight into some of the idiosyncrasies of this ruined medieval fortress.

There are other options open to you like Loch Ness Centre for the insatiable Nessie Hunters or stunning hilltop scenery. Perhaps you'd prefer to see a prehistoric stone circle. Making the choices can be as good an experience as the actual visits.

Throughout the day your guide will provide a gentle understanding of the violent past of this beautiful country.

A red deer photographed during our special winter extension to this tour.

During the months of October to April the tour can also be extended to include a deer-hunt, but no rifles, only cameras. This picture was taken on the tour by ten year old passenger, Nelson Harris, at the beginning of March 2007. No telephoto lens was used and this is the entire picture. It has not been cropped! On that particular day we encountered more than a dozen beasts as close up as this one.

So if you'd like to spend a day of your vacation in the company of a local historian, an author or a history enthusiast, one of our guides will be perfect for you.

Price: £180 for guide and vehicle - check top of calendar for how many passengers each guide can carry.

Aldourie Castle on Loch Ness The famous faked picture of the Loch Ness Monster that wasn't Loch Ness with Urquhart Castle to the right. Private Tours A1, H1, H3 & P1 A misty scene taken from Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness Loch Ness from the Air