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Loch Ness is arguably Scotland’s most famous loch thanks to its huge size, incredible countryside views and the legend of the Loch Ness Monster! Whether you’re booking up a family getaway, a cosy staycation just for two, or an epic getaway this incredible part of Scotland makes for an ideal location for that perfect hot tub holiday.
The summer high temperatures of the North of Scotland rarely rival that of the South with average high temperatures of 18 degrees. However, the winter months are much colder and wetter so aren’t ideal for exploring the rural area surrounding Loch Ness.
Therefore, the months between May and September are the sweet spot.
That being said, you’re always welcome in Scotland and I’ve personally visited the area many times off-season and loved it just as much. Having a hot tub you can slip into makes for a lot of fun, even if (or especially if) it’s snowing!
As one of the big attractions of Loch Ness is its remote location, there are plenty of walking and hiking routes that would suit your furry friend. However, should you prefer something a little less physical, Loch Ness Cruises are dog friendly.
The iconic Falls of Foyers is also a great day out for families with pets. Looking for a dog-friendly pub to refuel at after a long day?
The Benleva Hotel in Drumnadrochit or The Bothy in Fort Augustus are both good options. As for accommodation, the Wildside Highland Lodges offer charming, pet-friendly, lodges with hot tubs in a stunning woodland location.
Stuck for where to hike on your break? Take a look at the Great Glen part of the Gov website.
The mystery and legend surrounding Loch Ness, as well as the incredible scenery, make it a truly magical location for a couples retreat.
Whether you decide to check out the popular tourist attractions or picnic on the shores of the Loch itself, you will feel free and inspired by the natural beauty that greets you around every corner. For a lochside accommodation ideal for making memories look at the lodges with hot tubs that Loch Ness Highland Lodges have to offer.
You can also opt for an adults-only staycation if you’re looking for some proper peace and quiet to enjoy the views from your hot tub without the ‘sweet’ sound of children’s voices.
Loch Ness is a freshwater loch (Scottish word for a lake) located in the Scottish Highlands. There’s plenty to do during a holiday in this part of the UK if you can tear yourself away from your luxury lodge for a few hours.
Who knows, you might snap a picture of the monster on your phone.
Whether or not you come face to face with some mythical prehistoric monster during your lodge break the loch itself is nothing short of breathtaking. A vast 23-mile stretch of water that’s up to 755 feet (230m) deep in places. Taking a boat tour of this beautiful loch will let you see a completely different angle to just standing on the shore!
This ruined castle on the shores of Loch Ness offers a dramatic look into the rich history of the Scottish Highlands. It is an iconic location in the area and offers a tea room and gift shop so you can make the most of your visit.
The short walk to get to the wonderful Falls of Foyers is definitely worth it. See the power of nature in action, especially after recent rainfall. It’s most definitely not a spot to miss during your stay.
The quaint village of Fort Augustus lies on the famous Caledonian Canal and boasts unmissable views of Loch Ness. With plenty of walking routes starting from the village, it is a must for keen walkers or head into the village to enjoy a coffee and a cake.
This hive of activity situated in Fort Augustus offers visitors information about the local area as well as a gift shop stocked with local produce and a lovely café to refuel after a morning exploring the surrounding area.
The cultural capital of the Northern Highlands, the city of Inverness is steeped in history. With brilliant views and a range of independent shops and cafes, this city makes a great day out in the Loch Ness area.
Loch Ness is enormous and driving from one side to the other can take more time than expected. Therefore, to make the most of your days out, be prepared to spend a reasonable amount of time driving between attractions and plan for this as not to miss out.
The Scottish Highlands are known for being fairly cold, wet and windy, but the natural beauty of the area makes up for it. Therefore, bring a good coat and some sensible shoes, and don’t forget you swimwear for the hot tub.
Most Scottish towns and villages have a small store for essential items. Inverness will have more shopping options as it is a city, and some lodge sites may have shops and restaurants. It’s usually a good idea to bring with you any luxury food items that are harder to get in small shops when heading to the Highlands.
Renting a holiday home, lodge or cottage with a hot tub will normally bump up the price a bit (although we have a section with some great deals here) so it’s worth thinking about whether or not you need one.
Personally, my family and I love them and don’t normally book a property that is hot tub-less. They make for a great activity and focal point for the day and the first thing the kids want to do when we get there is of course ‘jump in the hot tub!)
I’d say definitely go for a hot tub property if you can get one at the right price, in a location that ticks all the other boxes.