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Our most recommended Scotland Cruises & Boat Tours

  • Loch Lomond: 1-Hour Cruise

    1. Loch Lomond: 1-Hour Cruise

    Depart from Balloch village and set sail beyond the stately homes of historic Scottish industrialists, all within view of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro. From there, continue towards Inchmurrin Island, the largest inland island in Great Britain and home to the ruins of the 12th century Lennox Castle. Learn the history and the legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. Enjoy a cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland". The luxurious and smooth passenger boats offer excellent viewing, open and closed deck space and full bar facilities.

    Very informative trip, beautiful scenery. Staff at kiosk very pleasant and helpful.

  • From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

    2. From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

    Cruise on Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle on this coach and boat tour that transports you directly from Inverness city center to the legendary Loch Ness. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the stirring past of these famous shores as you relax on a guided coach tour. After departing from Inverness by coach, you will drive to Loch Ness. Once you arrive, hop on board a boat to cruise across the Loch’s world-famous waters. Keep an eye on the sonars for a blip that could be Nessie! There is a fully stocked bar on board and a selection of Scottish snacks. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also served, should you require a little warming up. Once you are back on shore, explore the historic ruins of the once mighty stronghold of Urquhart Castle. After you have seen the castle, relax on the coach as you make the return drive to Inverness city center.

    Beautiful way to see Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Really interesting tour and alot of fun

  • Loch Ness: Urquhart Castle Round-Trip Cruise

    3. Loch Ness: Urquhart Castle Round-Trip Cruise

    Climb aboard a small cruise boat for a truly inspiring tour of Loch Ness, departing from Clansman Harbour, just south of Inverness, and sailing as far as Urquhart Castle and back. Once on board, you will sail to the heart of Loch Ness, famous around the world for its mysterious - and elusive - monster. A selection of Scottish produce, as well as hot and cold snacks are available to purchase from the bar, if you fancy a wee dram as you cruise. Boats also have free WiFi for your convenience. Soak up the stunning mountain views as you cruise to the remains of Urquhart Castle, the envy of Scotland’s romantic ruins. Once you reach the blunt peninsula of Urquhart Bay, the boat will turn around and sail at back to Clansman Harbour.

    On-time, polite staff, leisurely cruise with informative commentary during the cruise

  • Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise

    4. Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise

    Discover the legends and secrets of the islands of Loch Lomond, known as “the jewels in her crown.” Learn the history and the legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. This leisurely 2-hour circular cruise passes the world-famous Loch Lomond Golf Club and explores the middle island of Loch Lomond, sailing through an area known to locals as "The Narrows", and continues onwards to the village of Luss.   Enjoy cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland." The luxurious and smooth passenger boats offer excellent viewing, opened and closed deck space, and full bar facilities.  

    Well organised tour of Loch Lomond on a very comfortable boat. Good seating arrangements across two levels with open areas front and back. Excellent pre recorded commentary well synchronised at all the appropriate points. Luckily we had a mostly sunny day which really showed the scenery at its best. We purchased drinks on board but no snacks or crisps etc available which I am sure most people would have had so maybe they are missing a trick not providing them. Very pleased with the the adjacent parking and easy access to the boat dock.

  • Firth of Forth: 90-Minute Three Bridges Cruise

    5. Firth of Forth: 90-Minute Three Bridges Cruise

    Your boat tour will depart from the South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Your tour will include magnificent views of the "three bridges", including the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Forth Railway Bridge. In addition, you can take in the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline, the Kingdom of Fife and the historic island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey. As part of the tour you will stop at the island to drop off and pick up visitors. For your comfort, relax onboard in the heated observation lounge or on the outside decks, and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. During your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to both see and photograph a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds, porpoises and seals.

    A very interesting and informative tour.It was a lovely day weatherwise and we thoroughly enjoyed it

  • Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

    6. Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

    Head for the Highlands, whether in search of the Loch Ness Monster or just a scenic day trip from Edinburgh. After pickup from the meeting point, relax on your group’s bus and listen to the guide’s entertaining commentary.

    Your first stop is Kilmahog for an introduction to the famous Highland Cows and a cup of coffee. If you’ve ever asked yourself what a ‘hairy coo’ is, this is a real treat. 

    Next, travel up the road to Glencoe. Enjoy a 10-minute photo stop here as the unforgettable Highland views wow you.

    Lunch is then in Fort William, where your guide can advise you on where’s best to eat. If interested in the mysteries of the kilt, you can even get a ‘wee’ kilt introduction here. Then be whisked to Loch Ness itself.

    Best of all, customize your experience at Loch Ness with perso...

    It was really amazing. The tour guide (Neil) was very accommodating and most importantly, he is very informative about the places that we're going to. It was a smooth sailing tour and would recommend it to my friends as well.

  • Dochgarroch: Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal 2-Hour Cruise

    7. Dochgarroch: Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal 2-Hour Cruise

    Spend 2 hours on a round-trip sail to Urquhart Castle from Dochgarroch Lock. Your cruise sails from Dochgarroch Loch on the Caledonian Canal and heads to the heart of the mystery, where you’ll learn the fascinating story of Loch Ness. Enjoy the views and the selection of hot and cold Scottish snacks on board. There’s also a bar if you fancy a wee dram, and for those of you who like to stay connected, there is free WiFi onboard!

    A lovely gentle cruise. We left punctually and the information along the way was very interesting

  • From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe, Highlands & Ben Nevis

    8. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe, Highlands & Ben Nevis

    Hop on an air-conditioned luxury coach (up to 32-34 seats) for the start of your tour. Depart Edinburgh and first pass the fortress that is Stirling Castle. Hear your tour guide tell tales of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and the bloody battles fought out on these lands. Arrive at your first stop of the day, the town of Callander nestled at the foot of the Trossachs. Enjoy the views towards the Trossachs and make the most of the opportunity to stock up on refreshments and gifts here. Next, drive through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Your Scottish guide will tell you the story of Rob Roy MacGregor, the most famous (or infamous) Highlander to ever live. Follow in the footsteps of James Bond ("Skyfall") and Harry Potter ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban") as you travel to the stunning Highland valley of Glencoe. Hear the eerie story of the C...

    Already recommended this tour to those who’ve asked. Highly recommend as a solo traveller as I would never have done this trip on my own - all the stress of organising out of my hands, good amount of history and story telling and well organised.

  • Firth of Forth: 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

    9. Firth of Forth: 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

    Your tour will begin as you visit the booking office and gift shop to collect your boarding pass. From there, you will make your way onto Hawes Pier to board the boat and embark on your sightseeing cruise. Once the boat has departed Hawes Pier, there will be a brief safety message played to all passengers before the audio commentary begins. The journey then starts with the boat heading under the Red Forth Rail Bridge before continuing past the historic Inchgarvie Island towards Inchcolm Island. You can listen as the skipper points out seals, puffins, and other wildlife that can be found throughout the cruise. Once around Inchcolm Island, you can watch carefully for sunbathing seals on the Haystack before the cruise continues back under the Red Rail Bridge towards the Forth Road Bridge and the recently opened Queensferry Crossing. Once under these majestic bridges, the boat will cruise ...

    Easy to book and collect tickets, friendly staff and a very enjoyable cruise. Would definitely go again.

  • Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle & Kelpies Tour from Edinburgh

    10. Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle & Kelpies Tour from Edinburgh

    Spend a day discovering the land and legends of Scottish heroes William Wallace and Rob Roy, and experience the natural beauty of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Begin with a photo stop at The Kelpies. Enjoy a memorable visit to Stirling Castle, explore the pretty villages of Aberfoyle and Loch Lomond Shores, and set off on a spectacular cruise across Loch Lomond. Departing Edinburgh, head to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, one of the prettiest and largest lochs in the whole of Scotland. Here you can enjoy an hour-long cruise taking in spectacular views of the loch’s many islands and the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, take a stroll through the picturesque loch-side conservation village of Loch Lomond Shores, with its quaint houses, cafes, and stunning views across the loch’s western shoreline.  Enter The Trossachs National Park, also known as “The Highlands in mini...

    Having already done the Loch Ness Highlands tour we had an idea what to expect and it was as we expected the journey itself was very informative and the Kelpies were very interesting the Loch Lomond cruise was ok guite interesting not up to Loch Ness but ok all the same unfortunately I forgot to books the Stirling castle part of the trip so can’t comment

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What people are saying about Scotland

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 660 reviews

Do it! Honestly I booked this tour under duress. My son wanted to look for Nessie (eye roll) and I didn't want to spend all that time on the bus. But the hours on the bus passed very quickly. Stuart, our tour guide and driver, was a very erudite and entertaining host. He talked about films, music, books and history and geography in a very interesting and low key way. And of course we get to get off the bus to see a very beautiful part of the world. I really recommend it.

We really enjoyed our tour in Edinburgh! The tour guides were very helpful and knowledgeable. We've had a wonderful time during our tour listening to our tour guides talking about the history of the places we've seen in Edinburgh. We really enjoyed our tour in the Bridges as well.The people in the cruise ship were very polite and made sure we enjoyed our adventure! We couldn't be happier.

I had fun with the tour.Andrew,our tour guide was a great storyteller.He made the long trip so much fun. Overall,it was a good value for money.

A very interesting and informative tour.It was a lovely day weatherwise and we thoroughly enjoyed it

Andrew J and Jim were amazing, very funny they made the experience enjoyable!!