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.
Spend a relaxing day out at Loch Ness with your friends and family. Breathe in the fresh air, and have a nice stroll around the grounds while taking in the stunning landscape around you. 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.
|Staffing level||The staff is available at specific times. Please check at the station.|
|Left Luggage Website||https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/|
|Shops note||WHSmith, Barber shop, Mailboxes shop, PhotoMe photo booth|
|Telephone types||Cards and coins|
|Station Buffet notes|
Costa Coffee, WH Smith, bar
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Available|
|Nearest station with more facilities|
This is a Category A station. This station has step-free access to all platforms. The Passenger Assist meeting point is at the automatic ticket gatesBlue Badge parking bays: 3
|Toilets notes||The toilets are located on the Concourse. The National key toilets are located on the Concourse; these toilets are operated by a radar key. Available between 0630 and 1930|
|Customer Service notes|
|Customer help points||Available|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Car parking spaces||60|
|Cycle storage spaces||40|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Unavailable|
|Cycle storage notes||There are lockers available.|
|Step-free access||Step free access is available throughout the whole station.|
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
|Accessible taxis||Accessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Inverness station is a major station with taxis usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary or even possible, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. Operators who may accept bookings include:
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.