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Loch Ness

Scotland's world famous Loch Ness, where the legend of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster still reigns supreme, offers an array of outdoor activities and attractions. Spanning a huge area, Loch Ness is 23 miles long and over a mile wide. You'll find a wide choice of accommodation, particularly self-catering cottages, around the shoreline.

Explore surrounding villages and towns including main southern centre Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit on the western shore. There's lots of opportunities for walking around the Loch, with the Great Glen Way, a 70 mile trail pushing around areas of the Loch shoreline. Cycling, birdwatching, horse riding, fishing and adventure sports are all popular around Loch Ness.

For longer hikes head out along The Trail of the Seven Lochs, open to walkers and horse which weaves for 50 miles around stunning scenery in South Loch Ness, with the trail open to walks and horse riders. The South Loch Ness area, featuring pretty villages including Dores, Inverfarigaig, Farr and Corachy is a real get away from it all area - the perfect country retreat yet within easy reach of bustling Lochside attractions and Highlands city Inverness.

Main southern centre Fort Augustus is brimming with restaurants, ample accommodation and inns. The South Loch Ness Trail commences in the town and several boat trip companies operate from Fort Augustus village, many incorporating in a visit to the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition in the Drumnadrochit Hotel.

Pretty village Drumnadrochit on the western shoreline is fondly known as the home of the Loch Ness Monster. The Loch Ness Centre here is a main port of call for Nessie fans old and young. The centre is also a top spot for Loch Cruises out to Urquhart Castle and the Great Glen. The Centre also features an on-site Loch Ness Shopping Centre with popular Nessie Shop selling every conceivable Nessie gift from T-shirts to cuddly toys and games.

Other popular holiday bases around Loch Ness include beautiful Beauly village just 10 miles west of Inverness. Popular with walkers and outdoor activity enthusiasts, riverside Beauly is a gateway to both the Glen Affric mountains and Loch Ness, with premier golf and salmon fishing in its local surrounds. Stay around Britain's most popular Loch - browse & book places to stay around Loch Ness now.

Accommodation near Loch Ness

  • Fort Augustus
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    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 7+1
    Beautiful Finnish log cabin in Auchterawe situated in stunning forest setting close to Fort Augustus. Scenic walks & cycle rides nearby. 4 bedrooms, wood burner, pet friendly.
  • Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
    Sleeps 8
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    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 8
    This semi-detached cottage sits in a serene location in the village of Drumnadrochit near Loch Nessl, sleeping eight people in three bedrooms.
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    Self Rated
  • Inverness
    Sleeps 4
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    Per week (Seasonal)
    Family-run park close to the village of Invermoriston. Loch Ness half a mile away. Self-catering cabins and a cottage. Pet friendly. Stunning views. Families with children welcome.