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.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday open from 06:30:00 until 20:30:00
  • Saturday open from 06:30:00 until 18:30:00
  • Sunday open from 09:15:00 until 20:20:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at specific times. Please check at the station.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageAvailable
Left Luggage Websitehttps://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Shops noteWHSmith, Barber shop, Mailboxes shop, PhotoMe photo booth
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Costa Coffee, WH Smith, bar
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeAvailable
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 notesThe 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
Baby changeAvailable
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorScotRail
Car parking spaces60
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces40
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVUnavailable
Cycle storage notesThere are lockers available.
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisAccessible 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:

Caledonian Sleeper only. There is no First Class lounge within the station but First Class lounge facilities are available for Caledonian Sleeper customers within the Guest Services Centre across the road. - Tickets Accepted - Caledonian Sleeper First Class ticket holders - Refreshments - Complimentary snacks and refreshments - Facilities - Free WiFi, showers Note: Standard Class and Seated guests can purchase shower tokens for the Guest Lounge from the On Board Hosts. -- Showers are available within the station and include an accessible shower. National Keys Scheme operated but key can be obtained from staff working at these facilities if you do not have your own key.

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.
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to Kyle of LochalshScotRail09:424On time
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to Kyle of LochalshScotRail10:415On time
to Kyle of LochalshScotRail10:514On time
to Kyle of LochalshScotRail10:566On time
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from ElginScotRail10:282On time
from ElginScotRail10:364On time
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from ElginScotRail11:10On time
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