The Clansman & Castle


Tour Freedom

The departure point is 9 miles away from Inverness City Centre and will require you to use your car or to take a local bus.

The departure point is 9 miles from Inverness city centre, so requires you to travel by car. You can find us on Google Maps - Loch Ness by Jacobite Clansman Harbour, or by using What3Words - https://what3words.com/tolls.awakening.branch

Parking facilities are available at Clansman Harbour. This is free of charge, however, can be limited during peak season. We recommend you arrive 45 minutes before your departure time. There are no bike racks available at The Clansman Hotel. Should you be re-directed to the overflow carpark, this is approximately a 15-minute walk, on uneven terrain to the harbour.

Cruise the Loch and visit the castle on this two-hour adventure. Your voyage will include a one-hour cruise across the mysterious waters of Loch Ness. You’ll also hop ashore for a one-hour visit to explore historic Urquhart Castle and its turbulent past.

Our onboard audio is bursting with fascinating facts and legends to tune into as you sail. And don’t forget to look out for Nessie, with a little help from our onboard sonar.

Please note that all of our boats welcome dogs on board, and whilst this tour does not, it may not be suitable for those who suffer from dog allergies. 

Disembarking at Urquhart Castle is not possible for wheelchair users or those with mobility impairmentsIf you or a member of your party have any mobility impairments, please view our Contemplation Cruise option. 

Dogs are not welcome in Urquhart Castle and are therefore unable to join us on this tour.

Please note that our boat hosts both the Freedom and Inspiration tours at the same time - dogs are welcome to join the Inspiration. 


  • Food and drink available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Limited parking available
  • Toilet on board

What's included


The iconic Urquhart Castle is one of Scotland's most popular attractions; situated on the north-western shore of Loch Ness.


Scotland is brimming with myths and legends – and Loch Ness is the biggest of them all.

Departure point

Clansman Harbour

Clansman Harbour, IV3 8AU. 

At the Clansman Hotel, located next to the Clansman Harbour you'll find a gift shop, a licensed cafe and bar offering home baking, fresh coffee, snacks and lunch options. Find out more about the Clansman Hotel here.

For information on disability access please click here

Get directions

MediaJacobite Freedom

Jacobite warrior and Urquhart Castle
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Jacobite warrior and Urquhart Castle
Jacobite Warrior at clansman
Jacobite Warrior at clansman
Jacobite Warrior at clansman
Clansman Harbour
The Clansman harbour.
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A few things to know


A zoom lens can help you get a closer look at mysteries in the water.


It’s warm on board, but the deck can get a wee bit windy.


Don't feed the monster – Nessie's on a zero litter, gluten-free diet right now!


They’ll help you keep a good grip in castles and on deck.


The Scottish weather can be unpredictable. Raincoats are a no-brainer.

Any questions?

Have a look at our FAQs section