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Owner description: Many people believe that this brooding lake in Northern Scotland, 21 square miles in size at an average depth of 800 feet, could certainly hide a large dinosaur-like "monster," the lake's long-time and elusive resident.
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We were staying in the Caingorms National Park which is about an hours drive away. We took a boat trip for three hours which included visiting Urquhart Castle. We also drove around all of Loch Ness commencing in Inverness, driving down to Fort Augustus and around the less busy east side.

The Jacobite Boat trip was pleasant even though the sky was grey and there were occasional rain showers. The visit to Urquhart castle was disappointing as it's the only place in Scotland we visited that really had far to many tourists. The highlights for us was Fort Augustus with its quaint pubs overlooking the Locks (not Lochs), however the real star was the east side of Loch Ness. Virtually, no cars, desolate but utterly compelling with great views of Loch Ness. We also encountered one of the best pubs I have ever been to The Dores Inn, which sits beside the Loch and had superb food and great beer.
We were able to do the whole trip in one day, although you would need a hire car to achieve it. When we go back we will do a similar trip but take much longer.

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

While it has to be said that there many nicer lochs, Loch Ness definitely is one of the must sees - with its length and surrounds it is quite beautiful natural attraction (though I'd recommend also a detour to Glen Affric too!). Hiking around is a pleasure too!

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

While traveling through Scotland we made it a point to visit Loch Ness, as anyone would and it did not disappoint!

The landscape is beautiful, especially from a boat. I highly recommend taking one of the boats around the loch, or the one from the castle, which is what we did. The boat ride is ideal with picturesque landscape, the chance to see Nessie and the ability to have a nice single malt all made it worth it. Additionally, you can't help but hope that Nessie is about to stick its head out of the water, as its so deep and the water is dark.

Overall, if you are visiting Scotland, Loch Ness is a must!

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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Beautiful Loch. Well worth the visit. ... I fell in Loch Ness thanks to a slippery rock: if Nessie was there I'm sure she was as shocked as me! It's a very deep Loch; Scotland's deepest according to some. Nice hiking area.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Lochness is a very beautiful place to visit..The water is the largest in Scotland. Over 20 miles long and 700 feet deep. So very beautiful to stand there and watch the birdlife having fun in the water. We drove around the towns around Loch Ness with my Brother and Sister in law, as we drove out of the Carpark we noticied a very old van that apparently has been there since the 70s hoping to one day see the Loch ness Monster.
The towns were so friendly. We talked to some of the locals while walking around, so very helpful. We drove all the way around Loch Ness such beautiful scenery in some areas there had been signs of snow. Signage was very good. Roads in some areas were narrow but drivers were very thoughtful and drove to the side and waved.The surrounding areas also have historic attractions, cosy places to stay and superb places to eat. What a wonderful day we all had. I totally recommend this wonderful experience of visiting Loch Ness, and we certainly intend to visit again, who knows maybe the Loch Ness Monster will make an apperance.

Barbara Fairall

Albany W.A.

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