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Loch Ness Attractions

January 4, 2013

You know where to stay on your search for the Loch Ness Monster, but what can you do, well, apart from looking for Nessie?


Urquhart Castle

The castle I think has to be one of Loch Ness’s finest attractions; I may be biased because I do like that sort of thing. The castle is sat on the edge of the water, and on a good day you can get fabulous views of the loch. Of course, you will be in Scotland, so good days are few and far between, but even with the rain the Loch will be visible. There are three parts to this castle once you get in, the inside section, including a shop and artefacts, the movie and the outside section of the castle

We chose to look outside at the ruins of the castle first, before it started raining again. The ruins are great, many of the walls are low, so you can get an idea of how the castle would have been laid out. There are whole rooms in a good condition and stairs up so you can view the entire castle. One thing you will realise is that the castle itself was fairly large and in a surprising place. Although it has the rule of the loch from where it stands, over land it doesn’t seem to be in a very strategic position. You will learn during your experience at the castle that there were many battles for the land. The last thing you can see is the trebuchet, always a favourite with the children.

As you go inside you can learn more about the castle’s history. The film is worth going to see, it is in a little room inside and at the end there is a remarkable moment when the curtains are drawn and you get a good view of the castle and loch. The film goes through the castle’s 500-year history, which is very interesting with lots of bloodshed.

There is a little bit inside, which has a few artefacts, it is not amazing, but for this castle and visitor centre it gives you a nice idea of what would have been inside the castle during the Middle Ages. The shop there is also pretty good, I do enjoy museum and exhibition shops!

Once you have spent your time at the castle, there is still a lot to explore at Loch Ness.

Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition Experience 

The Loch Ness centre and exhibition experience is a must if you are visiting the loch. It is great for adults and kids because of the way this exhibition is laid out. I want to describe the experience, but do not want to spoil it for any of my readers who decide to go and check it out. As you enter, you will pay for your ticket and be told to wait until the timer counts down and you can enter the first room. You will then go from room to room as the history of the Loch Ness Monster and the explorations to find him or her are explained. The explanation comes with the use of various props and special effects, which will make jump and will have to staring with delight. As you exit with your new found knowledge of Nessie, you can go through the gift shop and then exit to find another couple of shops with some lovely Scottish gifts in them.


Here is the link for the website for more information:

Other Bits

There are boat tours you can take around the loch if you so wish, and to get a good look at Nessie, this may be the best way. If the weather is bad, you may not want to do it, we didn’t, and chose to have a drive round instead, so unfortunately I cannot recommend any boat tours, but, if you are there and you fancy it, go for it.

If you enjoy it, cycling the length of Loch Ness is well worth it. It isn’t too much of a difficult cycle, if you are fit enough. We cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats a couple of years ago and as part of that trip we cycled along Loch Ness from Fort Augustus north. The scenery is incredible, far better than what you would get while driving.

Having mentioned Fort Augustus I should probably go into a bit more detail. It is a lovely little place, there are a couple of shops and café’s and a couple of attractions. There is a little farm where you can pay a couple of pounds and go and look at some sheep and goats, which is perfect for small children. It is a bit odd, you walk down a little footpath and there is a little house at the end, sometimes no-one is there but there is an honesty box. It is worth it if you have nothing else to do!

  1. castles and a chance to see the last of the dinosaurs… definitely going to add this to my list of places to go… 😀

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