Neil Forbes

Exploring the Mystery:  Is Loch Ness Worth Visiting and Can You Spot Nessie?


Set in the beautiful landscapes of the Scottish Highlands lies one of the world’s most enigmatic and legendary bodies of water – Loch Ness. Renowned for its deep, dark waters and the enduring mystery of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie, this iconic destination beckons curious adventurers from across the globe. But is Loch Ness truly worth visiting, and can you catch a glimpse of the elusive Nessie? Let’s dive into the depths to uncover the truth.

Unravelling the Mystery

The legend of Nessie has captivated imaginations for centuries, with tales of a prehistoric creature lurking beneath the murky depths of Loch Ness. While sceptics, countless eyewitness accounts and purported sightings have fuelled the fascination with this elusive denizen of the deep. On your journey around Loch Ness, you’ll find yourself enveloped in the mystique of this age-old mystery, adding an extra layer of intrigue to your visit

Exploring the Beauty of Loch Ness

Beyond the legend of Nessie, Loch Ness offers visitors a wealth of natural splendour. Stretching approximately 23 miles in length and plunging to depths of over 700 feet, the loch boasts stunning vistas. Whether you choose to admire the waters from the shore or embark on a leisurely cruise along its surface, Loch Ness promises a tranquil escape among Scotland’s rugged terrain.

Activities for Adventurers

For those seeking adventure, Loch Ness does not disappoint. Explore the surrounding countryside with a scenic hike along the Great Glen Way, offering panoramic views of the loch and its picturesque surroundings. Thrill-seekers can also partake in a variety of water sports, including kayaking and paddleboarding, providing an exhilarating way to experience Loch Ness up close.

The Quest for Nessie

No visit to Loch Ness would be complete without embarking on a quest to spot Nessie herself. While sightings are rare and often elusive, numerous tours and cruises offer visitors the opportunity to search for the legendary creature. Whether you’re scanning the waters from the deck of a boat or keeping a watchful eye from the shore, the allure of encountering Nessie firsthand adds an element of excitement to your Loch Ness adventure.

Aerial view of the Loch Ness Scotland
Aerial view of the Loch Ness Scotland

Five Best Ways to Spot Nessie

  • Fort Augustus Cruise: Set sail from the village of Fort Augustus and cruise the tranquil waters of Loch Ness aboard a specially equipped vessel. Keep your eyes peeled for any unusual ripples or disturbances in the water that could signal Nessie’s presence.
  • Jacobite Cruise from Inverness: Departing from the heart of Inverness, the Jacobite Cruise offers a leisurely voyage along the entire length of Loch Ness. With panoramic views of the surrounding Highlands, this scenic cruise provides ample opportunities to scan the horizon for any signs of the elusive Nessie.
  • Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition: Investigate the history and mystery of Loch Ness at the wonderful Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition in Drumnadrochit. Learn about the scientific search for Nessie and discover the latest theories surrounding her existence before heading out to the loch to test your newfound knowledge.
  • Shoreline Strolls: Take a leisurely stroll along the shores of Loch Ness and keep a keen eye out for any unusual activity in the water. Many Nessie sightings have been reported from the shoreline, making this a prime spot for would-be monster hunters.
  • Nighttime Vigils: For the truly dedicated Nessie enthusiast, consider embarking on a night time vigil along the shores of Loch Ness. With the moonlight dancing on the water and the stars twinkling overhead, the stillness of the night provides a magical backdrop for your search for the legendary creature.

The Verdict: Is Loch Ness Worth Visiting?

In the end, whether Loch Ness is worth visiting ultimately depends on your perspective. If you’re drawn to the allure of ancient legends, stunning natural beauty, and the thrill of the unknown, then Loch Ness is undoubtedly a destination worth exploring. While spotting Nessie may remain a tantalizing possibility, the journey itself is sure to leave you with memories to last a lifetime. So why not venture to Loch Ness and immerse yourself in the magic of this timeless Scottish gem? Who knows, you may just uncover the truth behind the legend of Nessie for yourself.

Booking Your Loch Ness Adventure

Ready to embark on your Loch Ness adventure? Why not enhance your experience by booking a tour with us? Whether you’re seeking a day trip or a multi-day tour, our guided tours offer the perfect way to discover the wonders of Loch Ness and its surrounding treasures.

Day Tours

Our day tours to Loch Ness are meticulously crafted to provide you with an unforgettable experience in a single day. Join us as we journey through the breathtaking Scottish countryside, stopping at iconic landmarks along the way. From the historic Urquhart Castle, perched on the shores of Loch Ness, to the charming village of Drumnadrochit, our knowledgeable guides will lead you on a journey filled with fascinating insights and stunning vistas. And of course, no day tour would be complete without the opportunity to search for Nessie herself, as we cruise the mysterious waters of Loch Ness in hopes of catching a glimpse of the legendary creature.

Our day tour includes Glencoe, Fort Augustus, and a short cruise from there, returning to Edinburgh, via Loch Laggan, therefore we highly recommend a two-day tour from Edinburgh to really enjoy some Nessie spotting.

Multi-Day Tours

For those craving a more immersive adventure, our multi-day tours offer the perfect opportunity to delve deeper into the wonders of Loch Ness and its surrounding regions. Join us as we explore the Scottish Highlands in all their splendour, venturing through verdant glens, mountains, and hidden lochs. Spend your days exploring ancient castles, quaint villages, and tranquil forests, while your evenings are filled with warm hospitality and cosy accommodations in beautiful hotels. With ample time to savour the beauty and mystique of Loch Ness at your own pace, our multi-day tours promise an enriching and unforgettable journey through Scotland’s most iconic landscapes.

Why Choose Us?

When you book a tour with us, you’re not just embarking on a journey – you’re entrusting us with your dreams of discovery and adventure. Our experienced guides are passionate about sharing the magic of Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands with travellers from around the world, ensuring that every moment of your tour is filled with wonder and delight. From seamless logistics to personalised experiences, we go above and beyond to make your Loch Ness adventure truly extraordinary.


So why wait? Book your Loch Ness tour with us today and embark on a journey of discovery that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Whether you choose a day tour or a multi-day excursion, we promise an experience that is as unforgettable as it is magical. Come join us as we unravel the mysteries of Loch Ness and create memories amidst the beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Neil Forbes

Neil is the founder of Saltire Executive Travel, offering the finest in Holidays and day tours throughout Scotland, including Golf, whisky and castles with History.