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.
|Weekdays||06:30 - 20:30|
|Saturday||06:30 - 18:30|
|Sunday||09:15 - 20:20|
|Staffing level||Part time|
|Shops note||News agent Passport Photo Booth|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Station Buffet notes|
Coffee shop Coffee kiosk Cold drinks vending machine Food outlet (Seating available)
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Available|
|Customer Service notes|
|Customer help points||Available|
|Everyday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Car parking spaces||60|
|Cycle storage spaces||40|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage notes||Discounted 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 access||Whole 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 access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
Between Monday and Friday, First Class Lounge facilities are available at The Royal Highland Hotel, next to the station
All First Class ticket holders
Complimentary tea, coffee or mineral water
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.