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A Guide to Loch Ness
Author: Niall Buchanan
Loch Ness is one of Scotland most beautiful locations and was recently voted as the most popular tourist attraction in Britain. From its outstanding scenery to the mystery of Loch Ness there is plenty to see and do in the region.
Perhaps the best way to start your exploration of Loch Ness is in the small village of Fort Augustus. This village is at the start of Loch Ness and although small in size it is a popular tourist destination.
Attractions here include the Caledonian Canal, which runs through the heart of the village and watching boats coming through the five locks can be a relaxing experience. There is also a selection of walks around the village which are perfect for the summer months and give you a chance to appreciate the surrounding scenery.
There is plenty of accommodation to choose from in Fort Augustus with dozens of bed and breakfasts throughout the village and two hotels and a hostel.
As you work your way towards Inverness you will come across Urquhart Castle which is one of Scotland’s most picturesque castles. It is in ruins after being destroyed by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the Jacobite wars but it is still worth a visit with plenty to see.
You are given a video on its history on arrival and then you are free to explore the castle ruins where you will have plenty of good photo opportunities as the castle looks out onto Loch Ness.
Your next stop should be Drumnadrochit where you will find the Loch Ness Visitor Centre. This is where you will find out everything you ever wanted to know about the Loch Ness Monster and the history of Loch Ness.
There is a hotel next door to the visitor centre which is ideal for those looking to stay overnight in Drumnadrochit and there are also bed and breakfasts for those on a tighter budget.
Your final destination will be Inverness, the only city in the Highlands region of Scotland. Here you can get a Jacobite Cruise on Loch Ness with boat trips last anything between one and six hours.
In the city centre you will find a wide selection of places to eat and stay as well as the best shopping region in the Highlands. All forms of accommodation are available here from a budget £12 a night backpackers to a £100 night five star hotel.
It is possible to base yourself completely in Inverness to tour the Loch Ness area as it is only 33 miles from Inverness to Fort Augustus which takes in the full length of Loch Ness. But a great part of visiting Loch Ness is discovering the small towns and villages along the way with some hidden gems to be discovered and plenty of friendly locals to advise on what to see and do in the area.
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