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Best things to do in Loch Ness

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 kilometres southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 16 metres above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie".”
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Castle
“The historic Urquhart Castle is just 40 mins away and the perfect place to try to spot Nessie! Aome gorgeous views up and down Loch Ness from here too!”
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Bar
“Traditional Highland pub and eatery on the shores of Loch Ness and only a 20 minute drive from the cottage. They also provide a shuttle bus service to and from the town at the weekends. You do need to let them know that you would like the shuttle service at least 24 hours prior to your booking.”
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Science Museum
“The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition opened over 30 years ago, it features 17 language translations and 11 language narrations. Now a hi-tech multi-media presentation leads you through 7 themed areas and 500 million years of history, natural mystery and legend revealing the unique environment of Loch Ness and the famous Nessie legend ... a perfect addition to a day trip from #RushyglenCottages”
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Hotel
“Lovely cosy restaurant and bar, lovely food, fresh seafood, good meat choices. One of our favourite restaurants. Casual / smart informal. ”
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Waterfall
“Worth a visit. Just 8 miles from here. The waterfall is stunning and there are two viewing platforms to view them from.”
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Bar
“Because the Venison Stornoway main course dish is amazing! The warm chocolate torte for pudding is delicious. Over 500 Whiskies to choose from, you will definitely see Nessie after trying a few of those! ”
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Farm
“Great food and some beautiful local crafts for sale as well as other local produce. A picturesque setting, there's a waterfall on the other side of the road and some lovely animals around the log cabin style café, we often see highland cows here!”
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Restaurant
“Scottish food with a Turkish twist. Views over Loch Ness and situated in Fort Augustus Abbey.”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“30 mins drive away... Mountain Biking and walking trails...great for all ages!”
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Boat or Ferry
“Cruise along the Caledonian canal then onto Loch Ness to see stunning sights, stop off at Urquhart Castle and lookout for Nessie!”
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Bed & Breakfast
“Because they have a small pool table and a juke box. On Friday and Saturday nights, they are open until 1am. Sometimes they have live music bands playing. ”
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Grocery or Supermarket
“Good shop for essentials. Usually has a good selection of whisky and beer. You're on holiday so it would be rude not to indulge...”
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Café
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“Lovely friendly cafe - real gem in the Highlands. Great for Vegan & Veggie options and friendly welcoming staff.”
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Sublocality
“The Falls of Foyers are a short drive away from Fort Augustus and worth a visit”
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Travel Agency
“One of the most popular holiday destination in Scotland. Cruises and boat trips operate all years.”
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