Check the Scotrail site for timetables.There are about 6 direct trains a day on weekdays.
ack stupid scotrail site - kenko is right that there are more than 2 a day everyday, sorry about that (the way it shows trains available would have you believe there are only two - i did think this very light on and that i must have made a mistake but couldnt see the other train times!!)
but the journey times are correct 3.5 or 4hrs depending on direct or not
Thank you all for responding, the train it will be. We are a little pressed for time, planning on taking an early train out of Edinburgh, spending the afternoon at loch ness and the evening in Inverness pub crawling before heading back to Edinburgh the next morning. I know with so much to see in the Highlands that our decision to visit loch ness being the tourist trap it is may not popular with everyone, but we all grew up hearing so much about loch ness that my wife and I are drawn to go see it. What would you recommend we do once we arrive in Inverness?
There is a boat company that do cruises down to, and on, the Loch from quite close to central Inverness. They also have bus pick ups in the town. They have various itineraries that include simply staying on the boat, getting off for Urquhart Castle and/or visiting the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre.
I'd recommend booking something along those lines for your afternoon.
Hootannys-Church st has live music nights.
Advance fares will be available for the Edinburgh / Inverness route about 3 months prior to travel i.e. June in this case. Cost is just £10 single and availability is normally good (I've even been able to book these fares for peak periods). There are 2 train routes - via Falkirk Grahamston and via Ladybank. I'd recommend the latter as it's a scenic ride along the Forth and the Fife coast. The direct Scotrail services between Edinburgh and Inverness normally use the Ladybank route.
Thank you all for your help. We should be good to go now.
Jacobite Cruises runs various tours of Loch Ness, some of which go down the Caledonian Canal and call at Urquhart Castle, and the Monster exhinisition at Drumnadrochit. Public transport is available to Culloden Battlefield (and Clava Cairns is only a short walk further on). There's a good summary of tours available from Inverness here: scotland-inverness.co.uk/inverness-trips.htm
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