Visit Loch Ness on a Day Trip With Kids
When planning a trip to Scotland, one item on your must-do list is probably to visit Loch Ness. After all, who can resist a chance to look for the infamous monster? If you’re like me, you’re probably imagining hopping into a boat with binoculars in hand and camera ready. We visited Loch Ness on our trip to the U.K., and while it’s not exactly like that, it’s still a lot of fun.
LOCH NESS HISTORY
Loch is a Gaelic word meaning landlocked lake. Scotland alone has about 31,000 lochs.
Loch Ness is located in the Scottish Highlands, about 23 miles from Inverness. It’s the second largest loch by surface area but the largest by volume. It reaches 889 feet deep and contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.
However, the location is mostly known as the alleged home of the Loch Ness Monster, whose existence has been drawing visitors since 1933.
The closest Hilton to Loch Ness is Hilton Coylumbridge located about 55 miles from the loch. If you’re not staying in the Highlands, I suggest planning an entire day for your visit as it is 170 miles from Edinburgh, 184 from Glasgow, and 119 from Aberdeen. We booked a day-long excursion from a local operator and were very pleased.
While it did take about three hours to get to Loch Ness, the trip was amazing due to the incredible scenery. Our guide made a few stops so we could stretch and take pictures. One of the places we stopped was used in the filming of the James Bond movie, Skyfall. We were also entertained with historical tales and little known facts.
Visiting Loch Ness
Your first stop upon arrival will be the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. From there, you’ll probably go exploring and sightseeing around the loch. Keep your eyes open for Nessie!
There are several shops and cafés in the immediate area, as well as a petting zoo. Because the loch is used to provide hydroelectricity, we found it interesting to walk along the various waterways. There always seemed to be something stirring up the water, but unfortunately we never saw Nessie.
The trip back to Edinburgh was again filled with breathtaking scenery. We’ve visited many places, and Scotland is one of the most beautiful. I don’t think I’d ever grow tired of touring the countryside.
The return trip was also marked by our guide telling us about the life and death of Mary, Queen of Scots. It’s one thing to read about history or watch a documentary, but to actually see the places where events occurred and where people lived and died is another thing entirely.
Visiting Loch Ness was certainly a one-of-a-kind trip, but the tour did involve plenty of road mileage. If you’re traveling with little ones, be sure to bring something to keep them occupied.
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