Drumnadrochit is a Loch Ness village, which lies on the north side of the loch on the A82. You can easily reach it from Inverness by car or public transport. The driving time from Inverness is approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
The name “Drumnadrochit” has always fascinated visitors to our area. For anyone not sure how to pronounce it, just follow the example of the locals and call it “Drum”!
The name Drumnadrochit comes from the Gaelic Druim na Drochaid, which means “Ridge of the Bridge”. This bridge over the River Enrick was the reason the first residents settled in the area in the seventeenth century. Today you can still enjoy a coffee or a cold drink in one of the cafés and pubs near The Green. This is the centre of the village, which was a sheep and cattle market in days gone by.
One of the oldest buildings in the village is the one that houses the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. It has an interesting history as a courthouse and an inn. Of course, these days Drumnadrochit is most famous for its connection with the legend of the Loch Ness monster.
Although a mythical beast was first mentioned by the Irish monk St Columba in 565 AD, the Nessie legend as we know it today goes back to the 1930s. The headline “Strange Spectacle on Loch Ness” in the local paper, Inverness Courier, captured would-be monster hunter’s imaginations worldwide. Today you can head for the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition or Nessieland to find out more about the legend and the many attempts over the years to find the loch’s famous inhabitant.
For those visitors interested in Scottish history, the nearby ruin of Urquhart Castle and its visitor centre is a must-do. The castle is only about a mile from the village and the walk will take about 15 to 20 minutes. The visitor centre will show you more of the castle’s 1000 years of history. Such as how rival clans, Jacobites and government troops frequently fought over it. And after the castle was blown up in the seventeenth century, local people used the stones to build their houses and farms.
So, why not have a relaxing lunch or coffee in the centre of the village overlooking The Green and take in the atmosphere of this historic little village?
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