Visitor Centres and Attractions

All the attractions and visitor centres below can be easily visited within a day trip from Loch Ness Lodge on Loch Ness.

The Highlands are well known for its many historic sites, many with a turbulent history.

Urquhart Castle - Urquhart Castle, near Drumnadrochit is one of Scotland's most dramatic medieval fortresses, standing amidst spectacular Highland scenery and overlooking Loch Ness. The castle's history and that of the noble families – Durward, Macdonald and Grant – who held it, is told in the exhibition and audio-visual display in the modern visitor centre. The visitor centre also features an outstanding array of medieval artefacts found at the castle. Open all year, seven days a week.

Jacobite Cruises on Loch Ness - Jacobite offers cruises on Loch Ness, and the Caledonian Canal, with optional tours visiting Urquhart Castle, The Loch Ness Exhibition Centre and other important locations around the Loch. 

Johnstones of Elgin - Established in 1797 Johnstons specialise in the manufacture of cashmere and luxury fibres. Today they offer wide ranges of mens and womens knitwear, accessories, home furnishings and fine fabrics to top designers, quality retailers and customers around the world. 

Fort George - Fort George was built not far from the battlefield of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s uprising of 1745 was finally defeated. It is one of the biggest visitor attractions in the Highlands. It’s a delightful place to spend the day, enjoying a walk round the mile-long perimeter walls, and dropping in at the pleasant café where you can eat inside or out. The fort is open all year round, seven days a week and regularly hosts events and activities which are included in the entry price. It is also highly unusual because it is still a working British Army garrison, helping maintain the atmosphere of its military past.

Culloden - You will see where the last hand-to-hand battle on British soil was fought. The new visitor centre and interactive exhibition was opened in 2007. Walk the battlefield now restored to how it appeared to the opposing forces on that fateful day - 16 April 1746. Battlefield open all year, seven days a week – Visitor Centre, Restaurant and shop closed from Christmas through to February.

Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition Experience - The Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, Drumnadrochit pays tribute to that sense of wonderment as well as revealing some of the many secrets hidden in it's dark depths. This is a hi-tech multi-media presentation in 11 languages which leads you through seven themed areas and through 500 million years of history.  Using a highly effective mix of lasers, digital projection and special effects, chart the history of the monster by exploring Scotland's geological past, its folklore and the various research projects carried out on the loch. Open all year, seven days a week.

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