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If you're planning to take the train to Loch Ness, you'll need to head to Inverness, which is the closest station to the loch. For visitors from the south it's a long journey, but the station is well connected, with regular direct trains from Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, including sleeper services. The best places to start your visit to the loch are Drumnadrochit or Fort Augustus - they're a long way south, so take a taxi or a bus, or hire a car.

 

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:30 - 20:30
Saturday 06:30 - 18:30
Sunday 09:15 - 20:20
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageAvailable
ShopsUnavailable
Shops noteNews agent Passport Photo Booth
PostboxAvailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Coffee shop Coffee kiosk Cold drinks vending machine Food outlet (Seating available)
ATMAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeAvailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersAvailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFiUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes
Customer help pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Car parking spaces60
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces40
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVUnavailable
Cycle storage notesDiscounted cycle hire available at Ticket to Ride to holders of valid rail tickets. Visit www.tickettoridehighlands.co.uk or call 01463 419 160 for more information
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Level to all platforms. RNIB REACT system - an audible direction system for visually impaired is in operation. Fods are required to activate the system.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable

Between Monday and Friday, First Class Lounge facilities are available at The Royal Highland Hotel, next to the station

Tickets Accepted

All First Class ticket holders

Facilities

Fax, telephone

Refreshments

Complimentary tea, coffee or mineral water

About Loch Ness

It's hard to talk about Loch Ness without acknowledging the elephant - or rather the monster - in the room. But we'll leave Nessie to one side for now, because this iconic Highland loch has much more to offer. Some 23 miles long and only around one mile wide, it connects with the River Ness in the north, and with the Caledonian Canal and the Rivers Oich and Tarff in the south, forming a spectacular ribbon of water fringed by forested hills and ruined castles. It's pure Highland romance, perfect for long walks or cycle rides.

To start your visit, head to Fort Augustus at the south end of the loch, or to Drumnadrochit, midway down the western shore. Both are home to a wide range of boat tour operators who'll take you out on pleasure cruises or fishing trips. Drumnadrochit is also home to the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle. If you do fancy a spot of monster-hunting, The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition - also in Drumnadrochit - is packed with stories and images from the search for the famous beastie, and charts the history of the surrounding area too. Displays include Robert Wilson's 1934 hoax images, and sonar readings from Operation Deepscan in 1987.

Departures and arrivals from Inverness

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Inverness station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to WickScotRail07:005On time
to AberdeenScotRail07:143On time
to UllapoolScotRail08:10On time
to Glasgow Queen StreetScotRail08:451On time
to AberdeenScotRail09:013On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from ElginScotRail08:103On time
from LairgScotRail08:125On time
from AberdeenScotRail08:364On time
from London EustonCaledonian Sleeper08:392On time
from Kyle of LochalshScotRail08:52On time
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