Loch Ness Facts

Loch Ness is known throughout the world, and has been a favourite destination for visitors to Scotland for many years. It’s our most popular day tour from Edinburgh. On your coach trip to Loch Ness, you’ll pass through spectacular highland scenery and many points of interest which your driver/guide will show you.

Before you get to Loch Ness, here are a few details for you, plus links to even more information.

Loch Ness Statistics

Surface Area: 21.8 square miles (56 square km) making it the second largest loch in Scotland. (Loch Lomond is bigger.)
Length: 22.5 miles (36.2 km)
Width: up to 1.7 miles (2.7 km)
Depth: up to 755 ft (230 metres)
Volume: 1.8 cubic miles (7.5 cubic km)
Temperature: Around 6° Celsius on average (42.8 Fahrenheit)
Clarity: Low visibility due to peat content

Loch Ness Geology – The Great Glen Fault

Loch Ness, and the other lochs on the Caledonian Canal, follow the distinctive line of the Great Glen Fault that cuts across Scotland from north-east to south-west. It formed more than 400 million years ago when parts of the earth’s crust, known as tectonic plates came together.
You can read more about the Great Glen Fault here >

Caledonian Canal

This impressive feat of engineering connects the west and east coasts of Scotland via a string of lochs. It runs from Fort William to Inverness. It was designed by Thomas Telford and opened in 1822 after twelve years of construction, at a cost of £910,000. (It had been estimated at £474,000.)
You can read more about the Caledonian Canal here >

The Loch Ness Monster

Famous worldwide for its mysterious and elusive monster fondly known as Nessie. For centuries, it has inspired folklore, films and books and has attracted interest and visitors from all over the globe.
You can read more about the Loch Ness Monster here >

Fort Augustus

The town was originally known as Kiliwhimin until the early 18th century, and was renamed as Fort Augustus after the Jacobite Rising of 1715. It has become a popular tourist spot with the Caledonian Canal.
You can read more about Fort Augustus here >

Urquhart Castle

Dating from the 13th to 16th centuries, this ruined castle commands a dramatic location beside Loch Ness. It has an equally dramatic history and is a favourite with tourists to Loch Ness.
You can read more about Urquhart Castle here >

Visit Loch Ness in 1 Day by Bus from Edinburgh?