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Things to do in Loch Ness

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“No trip to the Highlands would be complete without a visit to Loch Ness and a chance to meet our most famous inhabitant. 🦕 ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Castle
“Visit one of the most romantic and famous attractions Scotland has to offer. An audio visual presentation gives you the castles history, before you set out to explore the castle and the grounds.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Bar
“Good pub food and located on the shore of Loch Ness. Some really nice walks along the shores and through the woodland nearby. Highly recommended. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Science Museum
“This is a great place to explore and learn about the history and geology of Loch Ness. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Hotel
“Personally this is our favourite place to eat in the village. In the Summer months booking is essential”
  • 16 locals recommend
Waterfall
“Like waterfalls, than the Falls of Foyers is one of a host of spectacular waterfalls which are located nearby. Well worth the walk down to the bottom of the falls! And an added bonus is the local tearooms situated in Foyers. Highly recommended popping into Camerons tearooms for a drink and bite to eat ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Recently awarded Whiskey Bar of the Year. Based at Drumnadrochit, 15 miles outside Inverness.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Some nice forest walks with good views half way between Drumnadrochit and Inverness. A good spot for kids to explore and play in the woods. If youre there in Winter it usually has snow too because of the elevation. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Farm
“This place is a great little place for getting a drink and bite to eat. If you are exploring around Loch Ness and Foyers its well worth popping in”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Scottish food with a Turkish twist. Views over Loch Ness and situated in Fort Augustus Abbey.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This is a grocery shopping must! Stop here to gather all of your groceries for your stay. Less than 3 minute drive from the cottage. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Because they have a small pool table and a juke box. On Friday and Saturday nights, they are open until 1am. Sometimes they have live music bands playing. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Cruise along the Caledonian canal then onto Loch Ness to see stunning sights, stop off at Urquhart Castle and lookout for Nessie!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Beach
“Beach on the south bank of Loch Ness. Great views up the loch and there's the Dore's Inn in the village which does food, drinks and coffees. There are public service buses that run here from Inverness.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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“Daytime cafe serving good food with a friendly service situated on the Square in Drumnadrochit about 15 mins walk from Elmbank”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
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“Lovely friendly cafe - real gem in the Highlands (excellent for breakfasts!) Varied menu includes Vegan & Veggie options and friendly welcoming staff.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Good pub food and located on the shore of Loch Ness. Some really nice walks along the shores and through the woodland nearby. Highly recommended. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Scottish food with a Turkish twist. Views over Loch Ness and situated in Fort Augustus Abbey.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Daytime cafe serving good food with a friendly service situated on the Square in Drumnadrochit about 15 mins walk from Elmbank”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Our local pub, they serve food and drink all year around. They have spectacular views and are only a 20 min walk from Elmbank. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
  • 1 local recommends

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