If you’re taking your motorhome around Scotland, the chances are Loch Ness is going to be – nay, has to be – one of the destinations you type into the satnav.
Famous for its stunning views and for being the largest and deepest lake in all of the UK, Loch Ness is a beautiful motorhome destination that can be fun for the whole family. It’s funny how kids can get excited about a lake and some scenery when they’re assured a prehistoric dinosaur might be lurking nearby!
What’s more, there are plenty of activities and places to visit if you want to do more than get the binoculars out. Loch Ness has a number of tourist attractions both on the shores and nearby that can really give you an insight into its history and the mythical stories that the locals hold so dear.
First Off, Set Up Camp
Of course, if you’ve made the extremely wise decision – if we may say so ourselves – to hire a motorhome for your Scotland travels, then the first line of duty is to find a spot to stay. One of the best reviewed places is the Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning site, which is right up close to the loch and provides some amazing views to wake up to in the morning.
Next, The Urquhart Castle
One of the most famous landmarks in Loch Ness is undoubtedly Urquhart Castle. Built in the 13th century, this castle is over 1,000 years old and played a hand in the battle for independence back in 1332 – it was the only Highland castle to hold out against the English, up Urquhart Castle! Today, it is a site of beauty which is well worth a visit if you want to dip your toes in some history and feel the ghosts of its many occupiers.
Take A Cruise On The Loch
One of the best things to do if you’re visiting Loch Ness is actually get on the water and take a cruise across its waves. There are plenty of cruises to look into, each one of them offering a guide which will tell you about the history of the loch and the legend of the monster which dwells within its depths.
Drive Up To Spean Bridge
Once you’re off the cruise, you might find yourself a bit Nessie’d out, but don’t worry, because there’s plenty to do nearby. Spean Bridge is a popular tourist destination which offers some stunning, mountain views and it’s an excellent base point for walks through the parallel roads of the Glen Roy Nature Reserve.
Go To Nessieland (Yes, That’s Really A Thing)
After taking in those gorgeous views, you might feel up for some Nessie-orientated stuff – after all, that’s why you’re here! In this case, why not try the local Nessieland, where you can experience a charming and fascinating exhibition about all things Nessie. This is a really great idea if you’re travelling with children, too, as there’s plenty of scary monster artefacts scattered around the exhibit, as well as a Loch Ness gift shop!
Take A Paddle In The Freezing Cold Waters (No, We’re Not Running Out Of Things To Do)
Despite the fact you’ve probably turned your nose up at such a pointer, this is actually something plenty of people try out when they’re visiting the famous Loch Ness. It can be a great way to get in touch with the nature around you and also feel a bit of a thrill. Even the most sceptical of sceptics get a little shaky when they paddle in Loch Ness, and not because of the cold! If you’re feeling really brave, you could also go for a little dip, but just beware, the water is very cold, and swimming should only be attempted by those well-versed in cold water exposure.
Simply Sit And Take It All In
Strangely enough, one of the best things to do in Loch Ness is simply sit back and take in the scenery around you. There is so much history to this place and the story of the monster goes back years. Although the castle, the tours and the exhibits are great for getting a little entertainment and education, the proper way to experience Loch Ness is through your own eyes, in the moment. Get up early in the morning, make a cuppa in your motorhome, then simply sit on the shores, and look out across the water. Who knows, you might even spot something looking back at you…