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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