Welcome to Drumnadrochit (Loch Ness Country)Scotland
time to relax. Take pleasure in the surroundings. And when your visit
to Loch Ness and the Great Glen comes to an end, take home fond memories.
Being situated on the main east/west route across the Highlands, Drumnadrochit
is the ideal base to take advantage of the vagaries of the Scottish weather.
When the western highlands are having cloudy, rainy weather, the east
side of the country can often be bright and sunny - and vice versa. Making
Drumnadrochit your holiday base gives you the option to choose the best
of the weather and access a range of venues within a couple of hours drive
to the east or west.
Whether it is the lure of the wild highlands, the spectacular beaches
of the Moray Firth or the amenities of our Highland capital, Inverness,
that takes your fancy, DRUMNADROCHIT is the place for you.
Accommodation ranges from backpackers through to B & B's, self-catering
and hotels. Eating out offers a choice from café/bistro fare to
top quality restaurant meals.
There are various boat trips based in the village with which to explore
Loch Ness (and perhaps catch a glimpse of its most famous inhabitant!)
Spectacular Urquhart Castle and two Exhibition Centres will give you an
insight into the history and ecology of this unique stretch of water.
Pony trekking, mountain biking or just exploring the many miles of forest
and mountain tracks is all available on your doorstep.
Accommodation in and around Drumnadrochit
Price Guide - per person based on sharing room:
under $40 - $41
- 70 - more than
Prolong your stay, expand your mind.
Ceud Mìle Fàilte - or a hundred thousand welcomes
- to Loch Ness and the Great Glen, one of the most celebrated holiday
destinations in the UK, renowned not only as the home of the legendary
Loch Ness Monster but as the home of iconic Scottish scenery and vibrant
A vast array of sights and attractions are on offer in the area. Whether
you wish to view the landscape from a mountain summit or admire the panorama
from a comfortable setting, there is a style to suit all. If your sense
of adventure tends towards the stimulating or towards the sedate, Loch
Ness and the Great Glen can provide a range of activities to suit any
Things to do & sights to see - Locally
• There is no better way to appreciate the wonders of Loch Ness
than to view the loch on board one of the cruises or boat trips.
• Gain insight into the significance of Loch Ness and discover more
at one of the two Loch Ness Exhibition Centres.
• Visit Urquhart Castle, once one of Scotland's largest castles,
now a ruin rich with history. Learn of the castle's past at the informative
centre featuring an interpretation area and audio-visual presentation.
• Explore the Loch Ness area on foot on the many marked walks, ranging
from the gentle stroll to the more demanding hike.
• Enjoy the tranquillity of the surrounding landscape on horseback
on the varied and magnificent rides available around Loch Ness and the
• Take a scenic bike ride on the growing network of trails in the
area or challenge yourself at Balnain Bike Park - the cycling equivalent
of a skateboard park.
Things to do & sights to see - Further afield
• Discover Glen Affric, said to be one of Scotland's most beautiful
Glens and also a designated National Nature Reserve. Located west of Drumnadrochit,
Glen Affric offers a unique combination of mountain scenery, ancient Caledonian
forests, rivers and impressive waterfalls.
• Visit Corrimony chambered cairn - an ancient highland burial ground.
• North East of Inverness is Fort George, a large 18th century fortress
with what is considered to be the mightiest artillery fortifications in
Europe. Situated on the coast of the Moray Firth, visitors to Fort George
may be lucky enough to spot dolphins.
West of Drumnadrochit
• Take a journey to the West Coast of Scotland, only 1 hour from
Drumnadrochit. Visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, and perhaps take
a trip to Skye or admire the dramatic coastline, home to quaint coastal
North of Drumnadrochit
• Travel north to view some of Scotland's most awe-inspiring country.
Contemplate the landscapes of the Highland Clearances. Play golf at the
many golf courses in the Highlands. Visit Dunrobin Castle and the Queen
Mother's Castle of Mey, or experience the surf at Thurso - recently voted
in the top 10 waves in Europe.
East of Drumnadrochit
• Travel east of Drumnadrochit and you will be in Whisky Country.
Speyside is home to numerous distilleries offering guided tours. The area
is also famous for the Speyside Way, a long distance walking route that
follows the River Spey through some of Morayshire's most beautiful scenery.
South of Drumnadrochit
• Visit the Cairngorms National Park and its surroundings, often
called ‘Monarch of the Glen country', named after the TV series
filmed in the area. Enjoy a family day out at Landmark Forest Theme Park,
ideal for all the family.
Events in the area
• The Glen Affric Walking festival takes place each May/June
and offers walks ranging from the easy to the strenuous, each guided by
an expert from the Forestry Commission.
• The annual Rock Ness music festival takes place on the shores
of Loch Ness in June.
• Highland games are held throughout the summer months at various
locations a way of celebrating Scottish culture and heritage. Glenurquhart
Highland Games are usually held on the last Saturday in August.
• There is a great programme of entrertainment at the Craigmonie
Centre and Blairbeg Hall. Go to www.craigmoniecentre.co.uk and www.glenurquhart.info
to find out more.
• Belladrum Festival is an eclectic, two-day family-friendly festival
which takes place in August. Belladrum, also known as the Tartan Heart
Festival, features live music and performing arts, ceilidh dancing, and
• The Loch Ness Beer Festival in September offers its visitors the
chance to sample a wide variety of ales and cider.
• Recognised as one of the UK's leading marathons, the Baxters Loch
Ness Marathon takes place every October and follows a spectacular point-to-point
route through stunning Highland scenery. In addition there is a River
Ness 10k run and a 5k fun run.
• The Loch Ness Hogmanay festival is a true Highland celebration
on New Year's Eve that includes live entertainment, dancing and a torchlight