Monster 66 Tours
Take a chance, you might spot the mysterious Loch Ness Monster, take one of our tours hosted by our expert guides on our Loch Ness Monster 66 Tours.
Many visitors only take a quick run past the loch and don’t get the chance to not only find the best Nessie spotting opportunities, but you’ll enjoy the luxury of two days to explore the real Loch Ness and its 10,000 year old story.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Flights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights|
|INCLUDED||Accommodation as per tailor itinerary
Meal Plan as per itinerary; [B: Bed & Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner]
|NOT INCLUDED||Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.;
Meals other than those specified in the package
International and domestic air-fares
Visa if required
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions;
|Dates||Available as a private tour all year round|
|Single room||On Request – Please contact us for prices|
|Self Drive or Private Tour||For self drive or private tours please contact us for prices and availability|
|Group discounts||For groups of 4 or more please contact us as group discount is available|
Day 1 (-/-/-)
Our guide will pick you up in a private vehicle from your hotel in Inverness to begin your own in depth visit to the world famous loch.
The first stop is Inverness Museum and Art gallery where you can view Pessie, Nessie’s prehistoric cousin – the Loch Ness monster story is much older than most people imagine.. After visiting the museum we will head directly to Loch Ness to start our “Nessie” sightseeing tour.
The next stop will be the Clansman Hotel, which not only has fantastic uninterrupted views of the loch but offers the chance to look out for Nessie while enjoying locally sourced refreshments. From the Clansman’s own private harbour, we will then join Jacobite Cruises for a cruise out on the loch. On the cruise, you will hear all the facts about Loch Ness and its famous monster – remember to take your camera with you as you never know what you will see.
The cruise will take us down Loch Ness to the ancient ruin of Urquhart Castle, rumoured to be the best place to see the Loch’s famous resident from. We’ll step ashore and as well as checking for Nessie, you will have a chance to explore the ruins of the historic castle and hear all about its turbulent and sometimes violent history. After your visit to Urquhart castle we will travel the short distance to the Highland village of Drumnadrochit. In the village, you can visit either Nessieland or the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and learn more about Loch Ness and the monster that (perhaps) lurks somewhere in its depths. The village’s replica Nessie might be the closest you get to the real thing, but you can catch up with all the Nessie history at the various attractions on offer.
After leaving the village, we will continue south along the banks of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus, the final destination of the day. On the way we will pass the Cobb memorial cairn, erected to remember John Cobb who lost his life attempting to break the world speed record on Loch Ness in the 1950s. We will also pass Achnahannet, the HQ of the UK government’s Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau in the 1960s and 70s.
On our way to Fort Augustus, there are various stopping off points from which we will have a chance to have a further look at the loch, including seeing the famous horse shoe scree and visiting some of the locations of past Nessie sightings. We’ll also stop off at Invermoriston where you can stretch your legs on a walk to see the Moriston Falls from the historic 200 year old Telford Bridge. From here, it’s a short drive to Fort Augustus where we will arrive at your hotel in time to check in and relax, leaving you free time to spend exploring this loch side village.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 (B/-/-)
Following breakfast, we continue our Loch Ness Monster search on the Monster 66, so called because the round trip to and from the Inverness museum is exactly 66.6 miles.
The first stop will be in the village to see the point where the loch becomes the Caledonian Canal – another favourite place for Nessie spotting. If we’re lucky, we’ll also have the chance to see boats climb the five locks that take the canal up and into the Great Glen away from Loch Ness. The next part of our journey takes us away from the loch side for a while, past the old Benedictine Abbey as we climb up to the head of the Stratherrick valley – the view at the highest point has been said to be a bit like sitting on top of the world.
As we follow the B862 on the south side of the loch, it’ll take us into Foyers village for some refreshments. Foyers is as famous for devil worshiping as monster hunting, and is also home to the loch’s industrial heritage – one of the first aluminium smelters in the world was built here on the loch side in the late 19th century.
From here, the Monster 66 takes us through the village of Inverfarigaig and finally to Dores. All along this stretch are great stopping off points with beach access to the loch, some of which we will visit. When we come back to the top end of the loch we will stop at the Dores Inn for lunch and a chance to sit on Dores beach for that last view of this beautiful loch, before we arrive back in Inverness. Travelling back into Inverness city centre, don’t forget to take a quick snap of the big Nessie at Holm roundabout – this Nessie made famous by Charlie Sheen when he tweeted a picture of him taking a ride on her.
To end the tour, we will drop you off back at your hotel.
Day 1 (-/-/-)
Starting from Inverness (this can be from various locations, or cycle rental points) you ride along the A82 road towards Fort Augustus. Your first stopping point is the Wellington Lay-by – a great place for sightseeing for Nessie and to learn of the bomber that landed in the loch in WWII. A little further on you will reach the Clansman Hotel where you can stop for refreshments and take in the great view of the loch. The ride continues to our next sightseeing spot – the Piper’s lay-by – where you have a chance to catch your breath and take a picture of the castle in the distance.
A little further on and just inland is Drumnadrochit where you’ll be able to visit the two Nessie centres and top up on food and souvenirs. Leaving Drumnadrochit you will head up the hill to Urquhart Castle. On your way to Fort Augustus, your final point of the day, you will pass the Cobb memorial and the sign for Achnahannet, the HQ of the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau in the 1960s. On the ride from the castle through to Fort Augustus, there are various stopping off points from which to have a look for Nessie – you can also stop off for a while at Moriston Falls with its famous old bridge. On arrival at Fort Augustus we will take you to Cumberland’s campsite where your camping accommodation for the night will be ready for you. You’ll spend the evening relaxing at the campsite – for those who do not want to camp, we can also arrange hotel accommodation.
Travel Distance: 55 km
Day 2 (B/-/-)
Following breakfast we continue our Loch Ness tour on the Monster 66, always mindful that the relaxed pace gives us a better chance of spotting Nessie. First of all we will take you to the end of the Caledonian Canal as it joins the loch with the view 24 miles long – there have been many Nessie sightings reported from here. The next part of our journey takes us away from the loch side for a while as you climb up to the head of the Stratherrick valley. This is the hardest part of our ride but the view at the highest point is said to be a bit like sitting on top of the world.
As we follow the B862 on the south side of the loch, it’ll take us into Foyers village for some refreshments – believe it or not, Foyers is as famous now for devil worshiping as monster hunting. The Monster 66 then takes as down through the village of Inverfarigaig and finally to Dores. All along this stretch are great stopping off points with beach access to the loch- we’ll stop off at some of them. When we reach Dores we will stop at Dores Inn for refreshment and have a rest on the beach, taking in the whole vista of the loch before we come back to Inverness. Travelling back into Inverness city centre, don’t forget to take a quick snap of the big Nessie at Holm roundabout – this Nessie made famous by Charlie Sheen when he tweeted a picture of him taking a ride on her. The final stop for this day is Inverness Museum and Art gallery where you can look in on Pessie, Nessie’s prehistoric cousin.
Travel distance: 54 km
- Bike rent
- Tent rent
- Night in campsite with breakfast
We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance
Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges. Please contact us for trips over this period
Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
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