Rainy Day Activities on Loch Ness with Jacobite Cruises

Jacobite Warrior

Aboard the Jacobite Warrior, Loch Ness

Think that a Loch Ness cruise with Jacobite Cruises is only worth taking on a sunny day? Then think again!

Jacobite has got plenty of ideas and activities to keep adults and kids occupied and because we sail all year, we’re used to dealing with the Scottish weather.

You’ll find suggestions in the Questions page on our website to tell you what to wear when you sail with us. It’s a good idea always to wear layers as it can get chilly or breezy when you’re out on deck.

Here are some suggestions for what you can see and do on a trip on Loch Ness with Jacobite on rainy days.

  • While on board, stay inside in our comfortable heated cabins and enjoy a Costa Coffee, hot chocolate with whisky, a dram, locally brewed beer, some Scottish tablet or a snack. Our friendly staff can advise you on our Monster munchies!
  • Hunt for Nessie on our sonar screens – all Jacobite boats are equipped with sonar to let you search.
Checking out the sonar

Checking out the sonar

  •  Learn more about Jacobite and Loch Ness in the leaflets you’ll find on board, in several languages, or chat to our crew who will be happy to answer your questions.
  • If you’re on the Jacobite Warrior, check out our gifts including Jacobite Jess, baseball caps, a notebook for your Nessie sightings, a compass key-ring to help you navigate around the loch and other goodies.
  • Make your own unique #monsterselfie photo with our free frames and enter our monthly competition for the chance to win prizes!
jacobite crew make a #monsterselfie

Jacobite crew make a #monsterselfie

  • Read the Jacobite guest book on board, write your own feedback and tell us about your experience of Loch Ness by Jacobite.
  • Younger visitors can enjoy a free activity pack for drawing and colouring and find out more about Jacobite Jess, Nessie’s cousin.
Having fun on board

Having fun on board

  • If you’re lucky (and you ask nicely), the Skipper may let you into the wheelhouse to have a go at sailing the boat!

My turn to sail the boat!

  • If your cruise is stopping at Urquhart Castle, then it’s a short walk up to the Visitor Centre which has plenty to keep you occupied in the exhibition, shop and cafe, fabulous views over Loch Ness, and a breath-taking surprise…
Jacobite Warrior facing Urquhart Castle

Jacobite Warrior at Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

  • Bring your dog to enjoy the experience with you. Well behaved dogs are welcome on our Inspiration, Reflection and Contemplation cruises. (Please note that dogs are not allowed into Urquhart Castle or on the Jacobite coaches except for disability assistance).
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Loch Ness can look pretty spectacular in any weather, and rainy days change the light and shade.

You can book online with us, and if you have questions about your trip, ask us on Facebook or Twitter.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Jacobite Cruises Monsterselfie Competition Winner July 2014

Making a Jacobite #monserselfie on Loch Ness

Making a Jacobite #monserselfie on Loch Ness

Jacobite Cruises is delighted to announce the first winner of our new monthly #monsterselfie photography competition for July 2014.

Congratulations and thank you to visitor Jesper and family from Denmark for getting into the spirit of things and for sharing this brilliant #monsterselfie photo of a younger member of the family with us on Facebook.

Jesper wins an Amazon voucher worth £25 plus a goody bag of Jacobite gifts which we hope he and his family enjoy.

A big thank you too from Jacobite to all visitors from across the globe who have taken the time to share their great #monsterselfie photos with us so far– you can see them on our Facebook page.

Inspired to enter our monthly Jacobite #monsterselfie competition?

Pick up a frame from our staff when on board any of our Loch Ness cruises (leisure trips), make your own unique selfie photo, share it with us either on the Jacobite Facebook page or tweet us at @jacobitecruises and enter our monthly competition to win prizes.

Get more information on the Jacobite Cruises monthly photo competition here.

We look forward to seeing your photos – happy snapping!

Share a Loch Ness #monsterselfie with Jacobite Cruises for the chance to win prizes!

Making a  monsterselfie with jacobite on Loch Ness

Make and share your very own special Loch Ness #monsterselfie with Jacobite and share it with us in our monthly competition for the chance to win prizes!

Just pick up a #monsterselfie frame on board or ask a member of our friendly crew.

Jacobite Jess making her #monsterselfie on Loch Ness.

You might even find one of the crew wants to join you in the photo or maybe you want to include Jacobite Jess or Urquhart Castle in your photos? The more creative, the better – check our Facebook page for updates to the competition.

making monsterselfies on loch ness

To enter the competition, upload your #monsterselfie photo to our Facebook page or tweet @jacobitecruises and include your #monsterselfie photo with the appropriate message for the competition. Get more details on our Competition page.

Each month we’ll choose one lucky winner, who’ll receive a £25 Amazon voucher and a goody bag of Jacobite gifts.

Jacobite customers and crew have had great fun creating their #monsterselfie photos so far – what will yours look like?

Happy snapping, Loch Ness lovers!

Loch Ness by Jacobite: 10 Great Reasons to Sail with Us

Thumbs up for Jacobite Loch Ness

Thinking of sailing with Jacobite Cruises on Loch Ness? You might want some good reasons for doing so.

So we came up with 10 that you might like:

1.    We sail all year – come rain or shine, you’ll find our trips on Loch Ness available.
2.    We have free wifi on all three of our boats – capture your #lochness brilliant moments and share them!
3.    Book online without a printer – just show your booking ID on your phone to the staff when you arrive.
4.    Enjoy Costa Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, snacks, sample some Whisky, buy souvenirs on board.
5.    All our boats have sonar to hunt for Nessie, toilets, heating and comfortable seating plus great photo opportunities!
6.    Well behaved dogs can enjoy Loch Ness too, on our Inspiration, Reflection and Contemplation cruises.
7.    We have plenty on board to interest younger visitors, including a free activity pack for kids.
8.    We offer discounts for students and seniors and family tickets on several trips. Children under 5 travel free.
9.    If you’re using public transport, you can connect with some of our trips from Inverness Bus station.
10.  We’ve got a great range of tours, from 1 hour to 6.5 hours, and new departure point Dochgarroch Lock for 2014.

Here’s another good reason – if you book a Jacobite tour at the same time as booking your City Sightseeing tour, you can save 50% on your City Sightseeing Tour – just do it online. (Discount applies to City Sightseeing Tour ticket price only).

Why not read our customer reviews on Trip Advisor or watch our tour videos on YouTube.

If you have more good reasons for sailing with Jacobite on Loch Ness, share them with us via Twitter or Facebook.

Jacobite looks forward to welcoming you aboard! Find out more about our cruises and tours.

Enjoy a Dram with a Loch Ness View for Whisky Month

Highland Whiskies, the Claive Vidiz Collection, Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

Highland Whiskies, the Claive Vidiz Collection, Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

Did you know that as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, that the month of May is Whisky Month?

There are lots of Scotch whisky festivals, events and activities happening across Scotland in the month of May, and some beyond.

You can even join in on a Scottish tourism and travel Twitter chat, #scotlandhour, on Wednesday 28th May from 9-10pm BST to celebrate and learn more about Scotch Whisky.

When you’re sailing with Jacobite on Loch Ness you might like to enjoy a whisky with a beautiful Loch Ness view.

You can sample a ‘dram’ of Scottish Malt Whisky from our bar – (all three of our boats have bars), or like several of our customers, perhaps you’d prefer a hot chocolate with a dash of whisky? If you have a sweet tooth, you might like to sample some delicious Loch Ness tablet.  (Which will also go well with your whisky).

And when you’ve finished your dram, don’t forget to go out on deck and enjoy some fine Highland air – the views are pretty good too.

Looking on to Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, with Jacobite

Looking on to Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, with Jacobite

If you’re touring the Scottish Highlands, there is also plenty of Scotch Whisky heritage to learn about, and from Inverness there are some great Scotch whisky distilleries worth visiting.

The nearest to Inverness is Glen Ord, to the west of Inverness, on the edge of the Black Isle. Or you could visit Tomatin Distillery, in the Monadhliath Mountains just south of Inverness. A little further away and north of Inverness, near to Tain, lies Glenmorangie Distillery, also worth a visit.

So let’s raise our glasses to Whisky Month.

We look forward to welcoming you on board to enjoy a dram with a wonderful Loch Ness view. Slainte!

Take the Jacobite Contemplation Tour from Dochgarroch

Jacobite Cruises Dochgarroch

Jacobite Cruises at Dochgarroch

Jacobite Cruises is delighted to welcome visitors to its newest departure point for Summer 2014, Dochgarroch Lock.

This new addition means that Jacobite Cruises now offer tours and cruises which sail from three locations: The Clansman Harbour at Drumnadrochit, Tomnhahurich Bridge and Dochgarroch (don’t forget some of our tours pick up at Inverness Bus Station).

If you’re travelling by car to Dochgarroch from Inverness, follow the A82 signs for Fort William then continue on the A82 and approximately 3 miles after you leave Inverness, you’ll see the turn-off for Dochgarroch Lock on your left hand side.

Jacobite Queen at Dochgarroch

Jacobite Queen at Dochgarroch

From Dochgarroch, visitors can enjoy our Contemplation tour, which runs from 2nd June – 24th August 2014.

This two-hour tour offers panoramic views of the lovely Aldourie Castle, and the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle and of course, visitors can search for hidden happenings beneath the water on the Jacobite sonar.

Cruise Departure times from Dochgarroch Lock

10:30 11:00 14:00 14:30

Cruise Return times to Dochgarroch Lock

12:30 13:00 16:00 16:30

Find information, prices and watch a video of the Contemplation tour here. Book online or chat with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Did you know….all of the Jacobite boats now offer free wifi on board? Tweet tweet….

Two Jacobite Crew Help in RNLI Loch Ness Rescue

RNLI Loch Ness Rescue

RNLI Loch Ness Rescue

Three charity canoeists were rescued on Loch Ness recently by RNLI volunteers including Jacobite crew members Stuart Latham and Linda Ross.

The three canoeists became stranded on a rock face after the canoe they were in capsized in chilling conditions on Loch Ness. The group’s open Canadian canoe was swamped in rough conditions leaving them facing a freezing night in wet clothes on a tiny rocky outcrop at the southern end of the loch.

No other vessels were due in the area until the following day and the first attempts to call for help by mobile phone failed to make a connection. One of the three men had a German mobile phone with roaming facility and was eventually able to call 999.

Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat volunteers Jamie Young, Stuart Latham and Garry MacLeod were dispatched to the incident three miles north of Fort Augustus. The location was at the foot of a steep rock face in a location only reachable by boat.

Luckily, the lifeboat volunteers were able to pluck the three cold and wet paddlers from the rocks and take them immediately to a waiting ambulance crew at Fort Augustus pier. Local Coastguard volunteers assisted with the care of the individuals and even managed to sort accommodation for them locally.

RNLI Loch Ness volunteer crew member, Jamie Young said:

“It is hard to believe that they would have survived the night in that location considering they were soaking wet and had been separated from their emergency equipment.”

The whole rescue process was coordinated by the duty watch team at HM Coastguard Aberdeen.

Watch a video of the rescue operation here.

Follow the Loch Ness RNLI Team on Facebook

Hop on and Hop off for Best of Loch Ness and Inverness

City Sightseeing Inverness

City Sightseeing Inverness

We believe the best way to experience Loch Ness is by boat: amazing views, fresh air, the opportunity to spot wildlife and take photos.

So what’s the best way to experience our lovely city of Inverness? On a big red double decker bus, of course!

We’re delighted to see the City Sightseeing Inverness tour service has returned for the season, running until 27th September 2014, and operating 7 days a week. There are tickets for students, seniors and families and you can book online – tickets are valid for 24 hours.

The best thing about City Sightseeing Inverness is that you can hop on and hop off at any stop on the route which means it’s flexible and you can also connect with Jacobite Cruises for a great day out.  City Sightseeing Inverness bus tours are a great way to enjoy and discover Inverness, capital of the Highlands of Scotland.

Travelling along the River Ness

Travelling along the River Ness

The sightseeing tour takes in castles, churches, and contemporary Inverness too. Get an insight into the historic buildings of Church Street, travel along the River Ness to admire the views, continue on to the Caledonian Canal Locks or jump off for a spot of shopping at the Holm Mills Shopping Village.

On the Western outskirts of Inverness you will see Tomnahurich Hill and cross the Caledonian Canal, where you could hop off for a Jacobite Cruise on Loch Ness before taking the higher ground for great panoramic views of Kessock Bridge, The Black Isle and the Inverness Firth out to Fort George.

Cruise on the Jacobite Queen on Loch Ness

Cruise on the Jacobite Queen on Loch Ness

What’s more, if you book a Jacobite tour at the same time as booking your City Sightseeing tour, you can save 50% on your City Sightseeing Tour – just do it online. (Discount applies to City Sightseeing Tour ticket price only).

Check out the timetable and buy tickets for City Sightseeing Inverness

Check out Jacobite tours and cruises

Chat to us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us about your Loch Ness and Inverness tour experiences – we look forward to welcoming you.

Springtime Collaboration and Contemplation on Loch Ness

jacobite spring collage

Jacobite Cruises welcomes the arrival of Spring on Loch Ness and has spent a fair bit of time, like most tourism businesses at this time of the year, getting ready to welcome visitors to Inverness and Loch Ness for the Easter holidays and beyond.

We hope this year is a busy and exciting year for Scottish tourism, the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014; and we’re looking forward to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games  – today marks only 100 days to go until the start of the games – and other major events in Scotland, including the 2014 Ryder Cup and many more.

As we work together with several local accommodation providers who send their guests to us to sail on Loch Ness we wanted to recognise the importance of working together and to celebrate Spring – so we were inspired to do it with good old fashioned poetry and flowers!


Thank you to our local business colleagues for their messages via Facebook and Twitter, including The Pentahotel Inverness and the Creevale Bed and Breakfast in Inverness for the photos of the flowers which we’ve shared here.

Spring 2014 brings a new, additional departure point for Jacobite at the scenic Dochgarroch Lock, with a new 2 hour tour, Contemplation, departing from Dochgarroch, offering panoramic views of Aldourie Castle and Urquhart Castle – well worth the trip!

Together with our business colleagues we hope to entice more visitors to discover the beauty of Loch Ness and its surroundings – find out more about our tours and cruises.

If you’re a local accommodation provider interested in working with us, check out the Jacobite trade site.





Jacobite Cruises at VisitScotland Expo 2014

The Jacobite stand at VisitScotland Expo 2014

The Jacobite stand at VisitScotland Expo 2014

Some of the Jacobite team were at VisitScotland Expo at Glasgow’s SECC last week.

VisitScotland Expo is Scotland’s largest travel trade fair, where buyers come from all over the world to check out what’s new in terms of Scottish travel and tourism. It’s a chance to meet up with new contacts from around the globe, and catch up with the Scottish travel industry – a great two days in the Scottish tourism calendar.

Freda at VisitScotland Expo 2014

Freda at VisitScotland Expo 2014

Jess launched her #Nessietovote campaign just prior to VisitScotland Expo in Glasgow and she was delighted at the support she received from her tourism industry colleagues and those further afield.

There were photographs and interviews, people (and animals – Esmerelda, the EAE cow pictured below) wore her rosettes and badges and even Minister for Energy, Enteprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing stopped by the Jacobite Stand to have a word with owner Freda.

Esmerelda supporting Jess's campaign

Esmerelda supporting Jess’s campaign

Jess got lots of mentions on Twitter too, and her campaign made into the Scotsman newspaper – so all in all she was very pleased that #Nessietovote captured the imagination of many others.

Lisa supporting #nessietovote

Lisa supporting #nessietovote

Freda caught up with Irish radio presenter David Gordon of Travelbites Radio and chatted to him, along with other Scottish tour providers, about Jacobite Cruises and what trips Jacobite offer –listen to the interview here.


Jess ready to head back to Inverness

It’s a busy time for the Jacobite crew too, with Easter fast approaching and the start of the Spring season, and lots of customers coming to sail with us on Loch Ness over the coming months, which we are really looking forward to.

Jacobite sails all year – book online or chat to us on Facebook and Twitter.

Jacobite and Jess look forward to welcoming you to Loch Ness this year – happy sailing!