Who would dare go to Scotland without engaging in the hunt for Nessie? First we visited Urquhart Castle which was built on Loch Ness in the early 13th century. Most know the castle for its role in the Scottish wars for Independence but to my boys it was the site of Scooby Doo and the Loch Ness Monster – a classic! The castle is mostly in ruins but the site is beautiful and the weather was amazing. They have a tea room for a slice of cake on your way out and a nice gift shop.
I wish that we could have stayed and enjoyed it longer but we had to get to Nessieland before it closed. What can be said about Nessieland? Part gift shop, part movie, part large latex monster statues, throw in some movie posters, grainy photographs and snakes dangling from the ceiling, and you have Nessieland! It was truly unique, and the kids loved it. If you like things a little off beat than give it a go. They also offer cruises on Loch Ness and have an Adventure Playground, which was closed when we were there.
Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Inverness-shire
Adult £7.90, Child £4.80, Concession £6.40
Nessieland Drumnadrochit Inverness-shire
Adult (aged 16+) – £6.00
Child – £3.00
Family (2 adults + 2 children) – £15.00
Dochgarroch, Inverness, Scotland
Cute roadside restaurant near Loch Ness. Very warm and friendly owners. They don’t have a kid’s menu but will make something that children like. Our kids asked for pasta, so the owner ran to the market to buy some. By far the best meal that we had in Scotland.
Lewiston Restaurant at the Loch Ness Inn
Very good gastropub with a warm and friendly atmosphere. They had a good kid’s menu with pasta and chicken goujons (nuggets)
Loch Ness Lodge Hotel
Family Rooms that sleep 3 for $225 including Breakfast
We choose this 3 star hotel because they had a good deal on Bookings.com. We had to rent 2 rooms one Family room that sleeps 3 and a double across the hall. The hotel was clean but dated. High speed internet in the lobby.