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What is there to do Around Drumnadrochit?

Sitting on the northern shore of the legendary Loch Ness, the village of Drumnadrochit makes the perfect base to explore the area, as well as being a great staging post in any tour of the Loch. Here is just some of the great stuff on offer in the Drumnadrochit area, should you choose to come and explore!

Drumnadrochit Attractions and Activities

Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

 

The village of Drumnadrochit has been referred to in the past as the spiritual home of the Nessie legend - and the Loch Ness Centre is one of two attractions devoted to just this.


The centre boasts seven themed areas coving the 500 million years of history of the Loch and, of course, the famous Nessie story.


Displays combine lasers, digital projection and special effects to chart the history of our monster, exploring the geology and folklore of the area and looking at the results of the various research projects carried out on the Loch.


Visitors can even hop on board the research vessel Deepscan as she heads out onto the loch to search for Nessie herself, before enjoying refreshments in the one site cafe-restaurant and stocking up on souvenirs from the gift shop which stocks everything from kilts to cashmere and woollens to Whisky!


For booking details and up to date opening hours see the Loch Ness Centre website.

Nessieland

 

Also dedicated to the Loch Ness legend is the superb Nessieland, which offers fun for all the family (dogs included as this attraction is pet friendly!) alongside some interesting information about the area’s most famous resident.


Visitors can imagine themselves beneath the waters of the Loch as they explore the attraction, which includes a Nessie cave, model monsters and the Loch Ness Monster adventure playground.


For full info and opening hours visit the Nessieland website

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Loch Ness by Jacobite – Clansman Harbour Cruises

One of the companies offering cruises on Loch Ness, Loch Ness by Jacobite, operates sailings from the Drumndrochit area. Choose between a one or two hour cruise on the waters of the Loch on their dedicated cruising vessels, complete with audio commentaries.

Highlights of the sailings include the imposing silhouette of Urquhart Castle as it rises above the Loch and, of course, the chance to look for Nessie in her natural habitat!

Cruise details and bookings can be found on the Loch Ness by Jacobite website.

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Urquhart Castle


The iconic ruins of Urquhart Castle stand sentinel over the waters of Loch Ness and offer an exciting days exploration for visitors of all ages.
Tour the castle and discover everything from its miserable prison cells to its imposing great hall, or climb the Grant Tower for spectacular vistas across the loch.


Operated by Historic Scotland, the castle comprises exhibitions and displays designed to teach all about the area’s rich Highland history and the castle’s role in the regions past – from the miracles of St Columba to the Wars of Independence.

Urquhart Castle

Abriachan Trail at Abriachan Forest

 

Operated by the Abriachan Forest Community Trust, this circular walk of woodland and moorland trails are family friendly and accessible both on foot and by bicycle – local experts recommend you allow three hours to complete the six mile length of the forest walk.

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Scotland by Bike – Motorcycle Tours near Loch Ness

Want to explore the Highlands by motorcycle? Scotland by Bike offers the opportunity to do just this – with inside information from the experts making sure you miss none of the amazing experiences on offer in the area.


Choose from a range of itineraries from one to five days, bring your own bike or hire a motorcycle to tour the highlands here. The Scotland by Bike experts offer guided motorcycle tours around Loch Ness, or you can choose to simple rent a motorcycle for a self-guided tour taking in as many or as few of the recommended routes as you desire.


See the Scotland by Bike website for more info on these highland motorcycle tourism opportunities.

Divach Falls

 

The viewing platform for this dramatic 100ft cascade is reached by a short, easy stroll through atmospheric oak woods – about two miles south of the village of Drumnadrochit itself.


Watch the waters of the Divach Burn as they tumble towards Urquhart Bay and onwards out into Loch Ness – make the most of your visit by bringing a picnic and remember to keep your eyes open for the many species of wildlife that make the surrounding woods their home.


For full details of how to find the falls see the listing on our website (click on the title above to open this page)

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RSPB Corrimony

 

Created in stunning moorland and Caledonian forest, the RSPB reserve at Corrimony is a habitat that attracts an exciting range of bird life, from black grouse to crested tits to the Scottish crossbill – a species found exclusively in the UK.
Open all year round this is a must-see spot for ornithologists visiting the Loch Ness area.

 

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Corrimony Chambered Cairn

 

Archaeology buffs will enjoy the opportunity to explore the site of the Corrimony Chambered cairn, which consists of an excavated passage grave believed to date from the Bronze age.

The cairn is defined by a stone kerb and surrounded by a circle of 11 standing stones – an exciting and atmospheric find located a short drive from the village of Drumnadrochit and open to visitors throughout the year.

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Meall Fuar-mhonaidh

 

Hikers visiting the Highlands will enjoy the trek to Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, the most prominent summit around Loch Ness. The six-mile walk starts at the car park near Bunloit and consists of a steep path which, though clear, can be boggy at times.


Those in the know recommend leaving three to five hours to complete this route, which offers spectacular views of Loch Ness and the Great Glen.

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St Ninian’s Church

 

Less than 20 mins drive from Drumnadrochit, on the north shore of Loch Meikle is the little gem that is St Ninians Church, which is always open to visitors.


Designed by Alexander Ross and consecrated in 1853 the building features a crowstepped bellcote and an oriel window and is home to an early Christian cross slab, believed to date from the 4th Century that forms part of the altar.


Other features of interest include the George Bain carpets in the sanctuary which show intricate Celtic imagery.

 

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  • For more information on what to see and do near Drumndrochit, as well as ticketing and booking services, why not visit the Drumnadrochit Information Centre, situated in the main village car park and open from Easter-October every year.