While not the largest of the lochs, Loch Ness is perhaps the most famous due to the legend of Nessie, the mysterious hidden sea monster that have some have spied living in the lake. Our kids love Nessie. There is a Disney short film called “The Ballad of Nessie” that they love, so when we mentioned that we might go see where she lived, they were totally excited. When they learned that you had to look really hard with binoculars and nobody EVER sees her but maybe we will? Then they were definitely hooked.
|How to Get There
Rental Car: So this is actually how we got there – we rented a car from the Edinburgh airport (EDI) and driving around for a day. It’s about a 4 hour drive (one-way) from Edinburgh. Not the easiest day, but we really wanted the flexibility to drive where we wanted to drive, stop where we wanted to stop, eat where we wanted to eat, etc. In order to fit our kids, we got a small SUV and made sure to rent car seats from the car rental place. Remember that they drive on the left side of the road here. It was quite the adventure. We used Google Maps and printed out directions in the hotel; the car came with GPS; perhaps I’m an old school Dad (or just remember too keenly the scene from the Office where Michael Scott drives his car into a lake) but I wanted to make sure I had printed directions.
Tour Bus: This is how I would recommend doing this trip for all but the most adventuresome families. Sit back, relax, and avoid the stress. You’ll save money by the time you pay for a large enough rental car, car seats, and gas. You can get itineraries that take you through the breathtaking Glencoe valley. The main point for these tours is Urquhart Castle, this awesome old ruined castle. Bring your preferred method for keeping kids occupied while traveling (coloring books, books, journals, electronic devices, etc.)
Boat: There are also tours that take you on the Loch itself.