Day 5

LOCH NESS, FORT AUGUSTUS AND THE GREAT GLEN

It’s time to see if the kids can spot something larger than a dolphin. Hunting the famous Loch Ness Monster is a tradition with holidaymakers. Take the A92 to Inverness, then A82 to Drumnadrochit and Urqhart Castle, just a few miles on. This 13th century castle is set on a rocky promontory overlooking Loch Ness, thought to previously have been a PIctish stronghold. Urqhart Castle played an important role in the Scottish War of Independence and has been under the control of such famous historical characters as Edward I, Robert the Bruce and James IV. With an open outlook over Loch Ness, this is a prime spot to catch sight of Nessie. In fact, it is believed that St Columba spotted the monster from this very site in AD580! 

From Urqhart Castle it is less than a 30 minute drive to Fort Augustus, at the top of the Caledonian Canal. Here you will find the Caledonian Canal Centre and can watch boats navigate the canal locks as well as enjoying magnificent views of Loch Ness. 

From here, it is just a 45 minute drive across the Great Glen to Fort William, at the head of Loch Linnhe and the foot of Ben Nevis, or just over an hour to picturesque Eileen Donan Castle, known as the most photographed castle in Scotland. You are in the heart of highlands, so if you have time make the most of your journey and explore. 

Drive back to Nairn via the A82 on the Southern side of Loch Ness, for a different view of the loch and a last chance to spot Nessie.