Loch Ness

Loch Ness, just south of Inverness, is one of Scotland’s most celebrated visitor attractions, although its size means that there is plenty of space for all visitors without overcrowding. It lies a few miles to the south of Inverness and offers a wide choice of Scottish holiday homes for those looking to spend time in the area. Loch Ness is the largest of Scotland’s lochs, over 20-miles long and a mile wide. It’s also very deep at 700ft, giving Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness monster, plenty of room in which to hide. To understand the legend that has helped to make this a world-famous destination, visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition Experience.

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It’s very easy to get out on the water at Loch Ness with options ranging from relaxing pleasure boat trips to self-hire motor boats, sailboats and kayaks. The banks of the Loch are popular with anglers chasing salmon, pike, sea trout and char. There are many secluded and delightful picnic spots dotted along the shores, a perfect way to spend an hour or two while quietly observing the Loch in the hope of catching a glimpse of Nessie. If the weather isn’t ideal for picnics, worry not, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and tea-rooms with enticing menus from which to enjoy lunch or an evening meal at any time of the year.

Away from the Loch, there are plenty of other attractions to fill a week or more from your holiday home. Visit the impressive Urquhart Castle or take a walk along the Caledonian Canal along the Great Glen Way. Walkers will also enjoy the new South Loch Trail – 28 miles of footpath along the south shores of the Loch from Torbreck to Loch Tarrf. Take time to visit the historic and lively city of Inverness with its wonderful shops, galleries and theatres, as well as Scottish Premier League football at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.