Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle Cruises
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Need to Know: Information A-Z

Additional Information

Your little nessie spotters under the age of 5 go free on our Loch Cruises, but not on our Coach & Cruises options - Sensation, Passion, Discover and Temptation.

Carers and people with disabilities are charged a student/senior rate (a senior rate is for anyone over 60).

There are special tickets for our Jacobite Inspiration and Reflection cruises. Family tickets are valid for two adults and up to three children under 16.

Area of Loch Ness covered by our Cruises

Our cruises go as far as Urquhart Castle near Drumnadrochit. This is approximately half way down Loch Ness.

Audio Commentary

There is live commentary on our Contemplation and Reflection cruises and audio commentary on our Inspiration and Freedom cruises.


We currently have three boats in our fleet :

  • Jacobite Queen: Capacity: 159 passengers with choice for either deck or covered seating
  • Jacobite Rebel: Capacity: Up to 200 passengers
  • Jacobite Warrior: Capacity: Up to 250 passengers – the newest addition to our fleet and our largest vessel.
Cancellation of Cruises

Bad weather – especially high winds – means that sometimes we have to cancel cruises. If this happens, we make sure customers get a full refund or transfer the tickets to a cruise on another day.

Customer Feedback

Customers are encouraged to complete feedback cards on their trip aboard the boats as well as to provide reviews via Trip Advisor and Facebook and engage with Jacobite via its social media channels including YouTube, Twitter and Flickr.

Customer Parking

There are parking facilities at Dochgarroch, Clansman Harbour and Tomnahurich Bridge.

Departure Points for Tours

See below for details and view maps/directions here.

Clansman Harbour

By Car: From Inverness, the Clansman Harbour is 9 miles from the outskirts of Inverness on the main A82 and 4 miles north of Drumnadrochit if approaching from Fort William. Parking is at the Clansman Hotel, located on the opposite side of the road from the harbour. Access to the harbour is via an underpass. View the directions here.

Tomnahurich Bridge

By Car: Tomnahurich Bridge is 1.5 miles from the centre of Inverness. If you're travelling by road, follow the A82 signs for Fort William then follow Glenurquhart Road for approximately one mile. The Jacobite office is just over the Caledonian Canal bridge on the left hand side.

Dochgarroch Lock

By Car: From Inverness follow the A82 signs for Fort William. Continue on the A82 and approximately 3 miles after you leave Inverness you will see the turn off for Dochgarroch Lock on your left hand side.

Dog-Friendly Cruises

Well behaved dogs are welcome on our Inspiration, Reflection, and Contemplation cruises. Please note that dogs are not allowed into Urquhart Castle or on the Jacobite coaches except for disability assistance. For more information contact our operations team.

Facilities on Board our Boats

There are toilets on board all our vessels. We serve tea, Costa coffee, hot chocolate and cold drinks including alcoholic beverages along with crisps, shortbread, chocolate and sweets. All boats are equipped with sonar technology screens to hunt for Nessie.

Frequency of Tour Departures – Exclusions

Jacobite Cruises and Tours are an all year attraction. We don't operate on Christmas Day (25th December) Boxing Day (26th December) or New Year's Day (1st January). Our tours are subject to weather conditions.



Visitors can buy souvenirs of their trip on all our boats. 

Leaflets: Leaflets in English and other languages are available on board our boats.


Safety is paramount on all Jacobite Cruises. Each vessel is fitted with life jackets and open inflatable life rafts. All safety procedures as laid down by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are in place.

Weather Forecast On Loch Ness

Loch Ness (Drumnadrochit) Weather Feed

What to Wear: Suggestions for Visitors

The weather in the Scottish Highlands can be changeable, even in the summer months. We would therefore recommend that visitors take a variety of layers and suitable footwear for getting on and off boats and for walking at the castle etc. Each of our vessels has a covered and heated area for visitor comfort.

Wheelchair Access on our Boats

Cruises from Tomnahurich Bridge are suitable for wheelchair users and anyone with restricted mobility, but please note there are some fairly steep steps to the toilet on board.

Some cruises from Dochgarroch are suitable for wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility, please call 01463 233999 to check prior to booking.  

Cruises from Clansman harbour are not suitable for wheelchair access or for people with restricted mobility.

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