Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle Ruins
Visit Scotland's stunning Loch Ness. This body of water is world famous thanks to Nessie -- the Loch Ness monster. No matter how skeptical you are regarding the existence of such a creature, it is impossible to drive alongside Loch Ness without scouring the dark waters in hope of a sighting.
Embark on a scenic drive through the Highlands to enjoy stunning views of the mountains and meadows. Your first stop will be at Urquhart Castle, built both as a fortress and as a residence. Romantics say that Nessie (or ‘the Wee Beastie’, as she is affectionately known locally) lives in a cave beneath the castle. Keep this in mind as you walk the pathway down to the lower level of the castle! At the Urquhart Castle Visitor Center, view the exhibits that illustrate the story of Urquhart and Nessie.
The road will bring you right along the banks of the loch, where there will be ample opportunity to snap photos of the mysterious lake before reaching the Highland capital -- Inverness. Enjoy a short orientation tour of this city and its delightful riverside setting.
The pathway from the motor coach down to the lower level of the castle is fairly steep, but you can remain on the upper level and enjoy panoramic views and photo opportunities. Wear comfortable walking shoes.