Boat Holidays on Loch Ness
Plan a holiday in Scotland and visit the Highlands and you will fall in love with beautiful Scotland.
Experience an adventure this year with a boat holiday in Scotland on the waterways that connect the Highland capital of Inverness to the town of Fort William, in the west coast of Scotland and the location of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
A boat holiday provides you with an experience you will long remember and talk about, an adventurous holiday where you can navigate your way through the Caledonian Canal which is 60 miles long, 22 miles being man made, the rest is through natural lochs including Loch Ness, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Dochfour. The boat trip is surrounded by the natural beauty of Scotland’s Great Glen with magnificent mountain scenery throughout the journey.
Loch Ness Monster
We all love a mystery and people have sworn that they have seen Nessie on Loch Ness and while you may be a sceptic and not believe in such stories then take the challenge and spend a week or two on Loch Ness on your own luxury boat and tell us what you think after your adventure. Loch Ness is one of the deepest lochs in Europe - and remember we all know that dinosaurs used to roam the earth and that science keeps finding new species all the time, so why not Nessie?
You can take mountain bikes with you to let you explore the places you stop off, or simply walk and see the villages and countryside along the Great Glen. Visit the famous Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, Eat out at Drumnadrochit and look around the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. Cruise down Loch Ness from Inverness to Fort Augustus and visit the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre, the Clansman Centre and shop, children will also enjoy the Rare Breeds Croft.
Fishing – fishing on the lochs can be for large pike and for brown trout. You do need a fishing permit however it can be arranged with your boat holiday and costs very little for a week fishing for the whole boat, so all the family can have fun fishing for that monster fish on Loch Ness or the other lochs in the Great Glen. Fishing for salmon is also available.
Along the Great Glen waterway are places to stop and overnight with your boat and you can then take advantage of eating in (from the fish you have caught) or eating out in the pups and hotels in the villages along the route.
Boat Holidays - One week or two?
You can certainly have a fantastic holiday afloat over a week boat holiday and you will be able to see most of the Caledonian Canal and the Scottish Lochs along the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William.
A week’s holiday will not give you time to explore the west coast areas around Fort William, including Ben Nevis or slightly further afield with a train journey to Mallaig (during summer months). At the other side of Scotland, Inverness has many shops to see and is a vibrant city where there is plenty to see and do, including a wide range of restaurants.
So if you fancy taking a bit more time to explore the area then you will find two weeks afloat on your luxury cruiser will suit you better.
Scotland Boating Holidays
Boat Charter Holidays on Loch Ness Scotland
Several boat holiday companies operate on the Lochs of the Great Glen and Caledonian Canal.
Strathspey sleeps 6 and is based at the marina at Inverness.
Osprey sleeps 6 and is based at Le Laggen in Loch Oich.
Iona boat holidays sleeps 6 and is based at the Upper Muirtown Quay at Inverness.
Highland Glen sleeps 6 and is based at Inverness. Discounts are often available if you book more than one boat, so take advantage of great online deals and have a boat holiday with your family and friends.
Loch Ness Self Catering
Loch Ness is one of the best known of our Scottish Lochs and is an ideal location for a holiday in the Scottish Highlands
Loch Ness Castle Lodges sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms
Nestling on the banks of the River Ness in the beauty and tranquility of the Ness Castle River Estate yet just 2 miles from the city of Inverness these two fabulous properties enjoy gorgeous views across the river and direct access to paths leading to Loch Ness itself.
Elegance sleeps 6 and is based at Laggon Locks - Loch Oich.
Tamaris sleeps 5 and is based at Laggan Locks.
Le Boat Laggan offers a fleet of stylish and elegant cruisers ideally situated to cruise Scotland's beautiful lochs for you to experience a true taste of the highlands. The fleet offers you roomy and comfortably furnished saloons with well equipped galleys to ensure you enjoy a stylish "home from home" holiday on the Caledonian Canal.
Featured Boat Holidays
Taransay on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal waterway. Sleeps 10 in two double and six single bedrooms. Pets are often welcome. Free car parking.
Highland Commander sleeps 8 and is specially designed for the open water cruising of the Great Glen these boats feature spacious interiors with large windows to grant excellent views of the breathtaking scenery along its banks. There';s plenty of room on deck to make the most of the fine weather whilst cruising. All essential deck gear is provided and the seating area features safety guard rails.
Magnifique is a 47 foot (14.5 metres) boat with 4 double, 3 double and 2 single or 2 double and 4 single plus settee conversion in the saloon.
Pets and Children afloat
Most boat holidays can be with your pet and many boats are suitable for up to two pets. Children also love boating holidays and it will often give them a holiday they will remember for ever. As with all adventure holidays you do need to be sensible when it comes to pets and children on a boat. You can buy life jackets for pets and we suggest this is a good idea even if your dog can swim as lochs in Scotland can get choppy when the wind blows. The same is true of children and you can use life jacks that are unobtrusive and will not affect kids enjoyment of being on a boat. Planning your boating holiday's safety and having a safety plan and rules will ensure that everyone stays safe and sound without spoiling your holiday.