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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise from Clansman Harbour

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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise from Clansman Harbour

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Set sail across the misty waters of Loch Ness and discover the eerie legend of the Loch Ness Monster on this sightseeing cruise from Inverness. Cruise past the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle as you explore one of Britain’s largest freshwater lakes and use the ship’s sonar system to seek out the loch’s notorious resident.
  • Loch Ness sightseeing cruise trip from Clansman Harbour
  • Marvel at the incredible natural beauty of Loch Ness and the surrounding greenery
  • Relax on the comfortable cruise boat, taking a seat inside or on the open-air top deck
  • Join in the quest for Nessie, the elusive Loch Ness Monster, with the boat’s sonar system
  • Enjoy views of the emotive ruins of medieval Urquhart Castle
  • Unwind with a drink and a snack from the boat’s onboard bar (own expense)
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1-hour sightseeing cruise
Free Wi-Fi on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks (snacks available to purchase)
Loch Ness by Jacobite - Clansman Harbour , Clansman, Harbour, Inverness IV3 8AU, UK

Meet opposite the Clansman Hotel, at the Harbour. The Clansman Harbour is 9 miles out of Inverness down the A82.

This activity will end right where it started.
After making your own way to Clansman Harbour admire the undulating hills and rambling greenery that surrounds Loch Ness.

Climb aboard your boat and take a seat inside or on the open-air deck. As your boat begins to cruise away from the harbor, take in stunning views of Loch Ness, a lake considered one of Britain’s most mysterious. 

Capture photographs of the loch, Britain’s largest body of fresh water, and scour the surface for sightings of the mythical Loch Ness Monster. During your cruise, opt to revitalize with a drink or snack from the on-board bar at your own expense. 

On the way back to Clansman Harbour, gaze at the 500-year-old ruins of Urquhart Castle, famed for its invasion by Edwards I. After your sailing trip, disembark at your original departure point.
Pass By:  
Urquhart Castle
Sail through the waters of Loch Ness as you approach the historic Urquhart Castle that rests on the banks of Loch Ness. Absorb the scenery from the boat as you pass by the once mighty strong hold - making for a perfect picture opportunity!
Stop At:  
Loch Ness
All aboard and explore the mighty Loch Ness! As you depart on our catamaran sailing through the mysterious waters. You will be surrounded by stunning scenery and historical landmarks. Keep your eyes peeled for anything mysterious that may be lurking beneath!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Loch Ness by Jacobite
Our friendly crew are on hand to welcome you before you board. Be sure to check in for your boarding pass.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Approximately a 20 minute (10.4 miles) drive from Inverness
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Loch Ness by Jacobite
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise from Clansman Harbour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise from Clansman Harbour.
What is the social distancing policy during Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise from Clansman Harbour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise from Clansman Harbour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Quite expensive for a short journey of just under an hour." See review
  • "Nice wee cruise around the loch with a lot of history and you can sit inside on the rainy days and also have a nice hot drink weather isn’t an issue on this cruise would definitely recommend it 😎" See review
  • "It's good to have a different perspective of the Loch Ness, although it doesn't offer much to see." See review

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Five-star Cruise Experience
, Aug 2022
Love the cruise experience. Enjoy it with family. Got the upper deck of the cruise, quite a windy but worth it. E-ticket doesn’t allow you to get on the cruise. Don’t forget to collect your cruise ticket with your e-ticket while you are queuing up at the harbour. Parking available at Clansman hotel. If it is full, there is a car park right next to it.
Missed trip!
, Jul 2022
We missed the trip by minutes, tears from kids! Very kindly we were given the next trip without any problem. Thank you!
Family trip
, Jul 2022
Very friendly staff, smooth cruise fun time .Good weather and Nessie fun to see 👀 😀. Will tell family and friends to book a trip.
Boat cruise
, Jul 2022
Sightseeing and relaxing on the boat and having a drink 🍸with my girlfriend. Enjoyable day ...thanks 😌
Looking for Nessie
, Sep 2021
This tour was amazing, a dream coming true! Even with a raining day the ferry was stable and safe! Everybody was very very profissionals!
So memorable
, Sep 2021
Such beautiful views, took my breath away. Also an informative tour, where I learnt many interesting g facts. I would highly recommend this experience!
Could have been better!
, Sep 2021
Unfortunately not very clear instructions given as to boarding place. We asked at the time of booking if a longer cruise was available and told 'no' at the harbour we were told longer trips were available. A shame as in one hour only a tiny part of the Loch was covered. Well equipped and comfortable boat though and good commentary.
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Boat Trip On Loch Ness
, Sep 2021
We had a great time on our cruise with nice music and good historical commentary throughout. Lovely and helpful staff. I would recommend this cruise to all ages and families. The weather was perfect which made everything even more enjoyable. Plenty of seating inside if you can’t manage the steps to the upper deck, nice Costa coffee from the cafe/bar.
Fantastic tour
, Sep 2021
From the minute you step onto the boat you are taken on a magical tour of the historic marvel surrounding the Scottish Highlands and the search for Nessie. A must do tour for nature and history enthusiasts.
Mind blowing views
, Sep 2021
What a fantastic place, there's no better way to see it, everything was on time and totally professional and safe, great value for money, highly recommended.
Value for money
, Aug 2021
Trip was very well organised, friendly staff, helpful staff, and thoroughly enjoyable. Felt covid-safe.
Wonderfull trip on Loch Ness
, Aug 2021
Wonderfull day on the lake, we really enjoyed the trip. Highly recomended, its a must do if you are in the area. My daughter really liked it and was so exited to go on this trip 😁.
Was very well organised ...
, Aug 2021
Was very well organised Staff there to help Enjoyed all the history of the loch ness Never had the tea or coffee but was told tbere was
Lochness cruise
, Aug 2021
Although parking was difficult at the Hotel. The view of castle Urquhart from the boat with the sun out was great..
lovely trip and great views
, Aug 2021
Our boat was 11am departure . The whole trip was excellent but you must arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand to stand a chance of sitting on the top deck, there was a massive queue that wrapped around the harbour area. Once on the top deck if you sit neat the front area you can hear the tour guide telling you the history over the tannoy. The views were lovely and the boat went slowly around the castle so everyone could get close up pictures.
Interesting tour.
, Aug 2021
We experienced panoramic and beautiful views of the nature. Memorable moments were the castle visit and commentary which explained the history of lochness.
, Aug 2021
Had an amazing time being able to see the beautiful highlands and the loch ness. The tour speech was also lovely to listen to the history of Inverness. We were a large group and the staff were amazing.
, Aug 2021
Too crowded. Tickets not checked. No customer service. Also ended up inside and couldn’t see properly
Nessie where are you!
, Aug 2021
Very nice staff, helpful, especially the carpark staff. Disappointed not to see nessie, ☺, enjoyed boat ride.
Worth for money
, Aug 2021
lovely.. worth for money.. although it says 1 hr journey it is actually around 50 minutes. but had a great time. Viator web says only 11am sailing is available, we were slightly late to the destination, called them and changed the time to 12 noon sailing. Hotel parking was full , but managed to find parking by the side of the road

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