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Uncover the mysteries of the Loch Ness with Le Boat.

September 19, 2019 River Cruising No Comments

The Scottish Highlands offer some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. With Le Boat, you can take to the lochs (lakes), explore the Highland region, wander through waterside towns, visit historic castles and forts, and see if you can spot Scotland’s most famous celebrity – the Loch Ness monster (Nessie).

Le Boat offer two itinerary suggestions to help make the most of your Scottish boating holiday.

Laggan to Fort Augustus – 3 nights

Start your journey in the peaceful township of Laggan. For some on-land fun, check out the mountain biking trails around Laggan before steering your Le Boat toward the stunning Ben Nevis and Grey Collies mountains in Gairlochy. Get those legs moving in Benavie with a walk up the world’s longest staircase, Neptune’s Staircase. Or step into the magical world of Harry Potter with a ride on the Jacobite Steam train before heading back to the loch. On your way to Fort Augustus and the Loch Ness, discover the remains of the old Castle of Invergarry. Fort Augustus is found on the banks of the famous Loch Ness. The fort is an exceptional piece of history, originally named after King George II’s youngest son, Prince William Augustus. Remember to keep an eye out for Nessie as you sail through the Loch Ness.

Laggan – Fort Augustus | 3 nights | From $AUD 567.65

Laggan to Inverness – 7 nights

If three nights isn’t enough time to explore all the magic of Scotland and its lochs, Le Boat’s 7-night suggested itinerary is the answer. With all the highlights of the 3-night itinerary (Laggan, Gairlochy, Benavie, Invergarry and Fort Augustus), the 7-night itinerary adds five more exceptional destinations. Visit the historic Fort William where you can hike to the summit of Ben Nevis. If hiking isn’t for you, there are gondola rides to the top to make sure no one misses out on the incredible views. Enjoy the calm of Invermoriston and misty canal walks in Foyers. Head to Drumnadrochit to wander through the village and old castle ruins. But remember to keep an eye on the waters near here, Nessie could be waiting to say hello. After a week of monster spotting and castle hopping, take to the historic city of Inverness for stroll around the city.

Laggan – Inverness | 7 nights | From $AUD 1,592.00

Our favourite facts about the Loch Ness:

  1. The best way to see the Loch Ness is by boat (and the best boat is Le Boat!)
  2.  Despite Loch Lomond being bigger in size, and Loch Morar being deeper, Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume in the UK.
  3. Even in the coldest Scottish winters, the Loch Ness never freezes.
  4. Sometimes steam can be seen on the surface of the Loch Ness. This happens when the air is colder than the loch’s year-round 6 degree waters.
  5. The waters of the Loch Ness are very dark in colour thanks to the peat that is washed into the water. The deep, dark waters make for an excellent hiding place.
  6. Loch Ness is part of the Caledonian Canal, which was built in the 19th century as a safer route for ships travelling between the North Sea and the Atlantic. A visit from Queen Victoria in 1873 made the man-made canal a commercial success (51 years after its original opening).
  7. The Loch Ness has two Scottish tartans. The original tartan is brown and red, and the newer tartan is blue with red accents.
  8. The Loch Ness monster (Nessie) has a cousin called Morag, who is believe to reside in Loch Morar.
  9. There’s an annual competition for captured sightings of the Loch Ness monster.
  10. The Loch Ness monster has attracted many royals and celebrities, like Queen Victoria, Princess Anne, Billy Connolly, Charlie Sheen and Katie Perry, each hoping to catch a glimpse of the mythical creature.

Captain your own adventure with Le Boat and discover the mysteries of Scotland. With 50 years of experience, exceptional service and expert knowledge, Le Boat can help create a bespoke journey that will be treasured forever. Who knows, maybe you could be the next person to spot the infamous Loch Ness Monster.

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