Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

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The exhibition was opened by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. It takes visitors through seven themed areas exploring Loch Ness from its beginings to the third millenium. The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition opened over 30 years ago.

Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition


Located in Drumnadrochit, 14.5 miles (23 kilometres) south of Inverness, The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition opened over 30 years ago  and features 17 language translations and 11 language narrations. Now a hi-tech multi-media presentation leads you through 7 themed areas and 500 million years of history, natural mystery, and legend revealing the unique environment of Loch Ness and the famous Nessie legend ...

Whilst keeping the mystery centre stage, it is placed firmly into the context of a loch with rare & unusual properties: some still motivate expeditions while others can "create" monsters. Here are the results of that exploration, using the very latest multi-media system, original research equipment, and authentic underwater films.

On one hand, Loch's famous "Jurassic Park" reputation, 1000 reliable eye-witnesses, and some classic photography. On the other hand, hoaxes and illusions, Scotland's journey and the legacy of the ice, life in the abyss, and possible underlying truth. 

Using a highly effective mix of lasers, digital projection, and special effects, the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition charts the history of the monster by exploring Scotland’s geological past its folklore, and the various research projects carried out on the Loch. It also reveals the discoveries of some of that research including the environmental fingerprints left in the loch's sediment layers by both nature and mankind.

Children’s Activities

It is the theatrical style, constant changes of scene, with the touch and feel of authentic expedition equipment which appeal to most children. . There are many areas of the current school curriculum in the exhibition which are well suited to a wide range of subjects including Environmental Studies, ICT, Geography, History, Biology, English, Drama, Music and so on".

Loch Ness Project

The Loch Ness Project has been housed at The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition for over 30 years, generating scientific information concerning the exploration and investigation into Loch Ness and its famous monster mythology.

Deepscan Cruises

‘Deepscan’, named after the famous expedition carried out on the Loch in 1987, is a 1-hour cruise on Loch Ness with skipper Ali. It’s interesting to hear about the various research projects and TV shows that the Deepscan has been involved in. On the way back, It travels very near to Urquhart Castle to get a good view of it.

Cobbs Café

Drumnadrochit-based coffee company Cobbs operate the catering here at The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition.

Relax and unwind in our modern café and enjoy some fantastic local home baking and refreshment. Whether you are looking for a snack or a full meal, the dedicated staff will be on hand to meet all your requirements.  


There's something here for everyone.

  • The Nessie Shop

Visit Nessie Shop to see a wonderful array of soft toys, Nessie books, and themed souvenirs. Adults and children alike will love the Infinity Well.

  • The Tartan Shop (Cashmere & Woollens)

A wide selection of tartan in styles is available to suit every occasion, be it full formal occasions or simply going for a stroll. Everything from the traditional dress kilt, to something a little different, is available. There are also Kilt Packages, Trousers and Tres, Jackets and Ladies wear with superior cut, excellent fit and the elegance of kilted skirts, children’s wear as well as accessories like the brooches, belts, buckles, pins, sgian dubhs, sporrans, etc

  • The Whisky Shop

After a hard day's monster hunting, The Whisky Shop at Drumnadrochit provides the perfect place to find a dram to relax with.

  • History of your Family Name

This unique retail outlet gives visitors the chance to learn all about the History of their Family Name. With over a 1.2million names from all over the world in their records, they will be able to find out  where you came from.

Overall, a must must-see place with cruise and shopping that will leave the memories lingering for a lifetime.