Short walk through Drumnadrochit from the car park to the Nessie Monster Exhibition.
Drumnadrochit located at the head of Urquhart Bay on the northern shore of Loch Ness, The village is surrounded by the glens, Glen Urquhart and Glen Moriston, as well as the Great Glen that reaches across from Inverness in the east to Fort William in the west,The Great Glen Way runs for 73 miles along the Great Glen from Fort William to The Capital of the Highlands Inverness
Drumnadrochit is a great location for exploring the Highlands, rich in legends and the mysteries, a convenient centre for touring, walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing, golfing or horse riding, here you will find the largest and best known loch in the Great Glen, Loch Ness, popular with Loch Ness monster hunters, the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition is about Loch Ness, and the world famous Nessy, explore Urquhart Castle, a classic romantic ruin jutting out into the loch, it is close to the village of Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness. In the 500 years or so of being a medieval castle, Urquhart has played several important roles and been a popular recurring feature in a bloody and turbulent Scottish history, Seized after Edward I's invasion of Scotland, reclaimed by Robert the Bruce in the 14th century, the Castle was repeatedly attacked during the 15th and 16th centuries by the MacDonald Lords of the Isles, until 1692 when the Castle was largely destroyed in the fight between the Williamite and Jacobite groups.
Today the ruin of the castle can be found in slopes underneath the A82. Urquhart Castle is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
In Drumnadrochit on the village green, which is turned yellow by daffodils in spring, you can find a stunning model formed by miniature hedges and plants of Urquhart Castle there is a direct bus departing from Inverness, Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 29 min, you can drive to Drumnadrochit the road is well established but can get busy the the season, in any direction always allow for extra time as the region, it is very popular with tourists.
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The second largest settlement in Skye, this long meandering village historically consisted of the few buildings on either side of the Broadford River, but the many small townships around the wide sweep of the bay have grown together and Broadford now stretches for a mile and a half around the bay.
Broadford originally came from the Old Norse Breiðafjorðr meaning ‘wide bay’ but has been retrospectively translated into Gaelic as An t-Àth Leathann, meaning the ‘broad river-ford’, this is a great place for bird watchers with the Yellowlegs having been spotted at Broadford Bay with Portree and Dunvegan, providing shelter from the vagaries of the weather, there is additional feeding opportunities, provided from the scattered crofting communities of Skye for a wide range of species.
In the towns of Broadford, Kyleakin you can find garden birds that include Twite and Reed Bunting as well as regular appearances by Wheatear, Whinchat, Stonechat, Raven and Merlin, regularly turn up at garden feeders.
Boat trips operating out of Kyle and Kyleakin offer pick-ups at either of Broadford’s two piers and fishing, you can hire bicycles, take kayaking lessons or go on a sea plane trip.
There are also many well maintained and easy walks in the area, the soft rocks of the bay hold a wealth of Jurassic fossils easy identified by amateur collectors and the Ranger service organise activities throughout the summer, the beach at Ashaig is a favourite picnic spot.
Skye is around 2 hours from the nearest airport at Inverness, or a 4-5 hour drive from Glasgow, getting to Skye involves road tripping through parts of the Scottish Highlands.Once on Skye, you can drive all around the entire island in less than a day if you felt compelled, the roads around Skye and the Highlands of Scotland do get busy during the summer.
Always use designated parking areas.
Don’t park on the verge, in passing places or front of gates.
There are many single track roads around Skye and other parts of the Highlands. Keep to the left.
When passing other cars use the marked passing places and keep to the left, which ever car gets to the passing place first must wait on the left hand side, if a car waits for you then a small wave as you pass is expected, this is a polite way to say thank you to the other driver.
With the impressive Kilt Rock, Mealt Falls, the beautiful Cuillins, Sligachan Bridge/River, Loch Mealt, Lealt Gorge, Lealt Falls, Portree and its picturesque coloured houses on the harbour, Castle Moil.
From the Skye Bridge to Broadford, carry on the A855 to the Old Man of Storr this is one of the island’s more unusual geological features, legend says the huge pinnacle is the thumb of a buried giant, and while it’s visible for miles around.
From Storr, you continue on this Isle of Skye road trip from Broadford, continuing on this route you come across Skye’s most famous site, the Quiraing, which soon comes into view from the road, this is a landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish, the whole of the Trotternish Ridge escarpment was formed by a great series of landslips the Quiraing is the only part of the slip still moving, carry on along the Trotternish loop road until you see a small car park, here you will find the Lealt Falls, an impressive curtain of peat-stained water crashing into a crevasse leading to the sea.
Carry on this route on the A855 about 17 miles north of Portree and is overlooked by the Trotternish Ridge with the famous rock formations of The Storr and the Quiraing. The district comprises 23 townships made up of, from south to north, Rigg, Tote, Lealt, Lonfearn, Grealin, Breackry, Cul-nan-cnoc, Bhaltos, Raiseburgh, Ellishadder, Garafad, Clachan, Garros, Marrishader, Maligar, Stenscholl, Brogaig, Sartle, Glasphein, Digg, Dunan, Flodigarry and Greap.continue, this is a district with the Gaelic name An Taobh Sear, which translates as 'the East Side', on the north east coast of the Trotternish peninsula of the island of Skye, the Kilmartin River runs northwards through the village, from here it reaches the sea a rocky shore leads east to a slipway at An Corran.
A local resident found a slab bearing a dinosaur track, probably made by a small ornithopod, experts subsequently found more dinosaur prints of up to 50 cm, the largest found in Scotland, made by a creature similar to Megalosaurus, about 160 million years old they are the youngest dinosaur remains to be found in Scotland.
Continuing on A855 road will take you to Kilmaluag this is a township made up of several small settlements on the most northerly point of the Trotternish peninsula Kilmaluag some 24 miles north of Portree and 10 miles from Uig, this is a bird watchers paradise, you could and properly or will see Golden Eagles and Ptarmigan on the Cuillins and with a good scope, watch rafts of Manx Shearwaters on Loch Scavaig below, it is equally possible to see either Golden Eagles or White Tails from virtually any public road on Skye.
Duntulm is a township on the most northerly point of the Trotternish peninsula made up of Shulista, south Duntulm and Ghlumaig, here you will find a set of ruins on a picturesque cliff side where, on clear sides, you can glimpse the Outer Hebrides. Sheep grazing everywhere with their little lambs when we visited, which was extremely cute, go to the Skye Museum of Island Life beforehand (it's on the way) if you don't know much about the castle, as reading about it beforehand was what convinced me to go, a number of interesting folk stories surround this ruin - ghosts, maimed wives, suicide, infanticide. Gory, yes, but extremely interesting.
Next along the route you come to Bornesketaig, Scottish Gaelic Borgh na Sgiotaig, is a dispersed crofting settlement in Trotternish
Here you will find Beaton's Croft House is an 'A'-listed traditional thatched house in the crofting township of Bornesketaig It has superb views across the Minch to Isles of Harris, Lewis and North Uist.
Uig is approximately 5 miles away and Portree 21 miles,
Next along this route is Kilmor is a small hamlet, on the east coast of the Sleat peninsula, it is situated between the townships of Kilbeg and Ferindonald close to the village of Armadale.
The name Kilmore comes from the gaelic ‘A’Chill Mhor meaning the ‘Big Church’ and a reef on the shore known as St Columbia's Rock is believed to be where St Columba landed on the shore in 585AD, early records show a church was there in the 13th century, ruins of the second church stand in the churchyard and date back to 1681 and the present church dates to 1876.
Next along this route is KilvaxsterA sign directs you to a small car park on the east side of the road, and from here you walk the hundred yards or so to Kilvaxter Souterrain, a souterrain is an underground stone-lined tunnel typically associated with Iron Age settlements along the Atlantic fringe. Over 500 have been found in Scotland, of which around 20 are on the Isle of Skye, Souterrains, from the French sous terrain meaning "underground" were constructed by digging out a trench, lining the sides with stone, then roofing it over with more stone and reburying the whole thing, the end result was a stone-lined passage leading to a chamber.
Visitors should take notice of the warning sign at the entrance to the souterrain, the structure is 17m in length and curves in a shallow "S" shape, the tunnel is only 0.75m wide, and has a maximum headroom of 1.5m (and a minimum headroom of rather less), it can also be very wet after heavy rain.
Next along this route is Monkstadt here you will find Monkstadt House, which was originally built as a Laird’s house for the MacDonald of Sleat, using stone and other materials from nearby Duntulm Castle, it is said the magnificent country house was where the Young Pretender stayed with Flora MacDonald, while fleeing from the Redcoats after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, Charles Edward Stuart, disguised as Betty Burk, Flora’s maid, was given shelter here by Lady Margaret MacDonald – Flora’s aunt, the house fell into disrepair in the last century and only a ruinous shell remained once the roof was removed in the 1950s.
Next along this route is Linicro Skye's Outdoor Centre, with self catering accommodation in rooms and wooden wigwams, Whitewave is based in the crofting township of Linicro and has been operating in North Skye since 1990, Whitewave always strives to give participants a real sense of place and environment through exploration, as well as a taste of the outdoor sports they participate in, they offer half-day sessions for all ages and abilities in: kayaking, canoeing, climbing and abseiling, mountain boarding, hill walking, crating and archery, the Sessions are led by appropriately qualified and certified staff having safety as our highest priority, with licenses from the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority to provide water sports, hill walking, mountaineering and single pitch rock climbing and on site car parking, a comfortable meeting room, changing facilities and hot showers.
Next along this route is Totscore with a regular bus service couple of hours, Uig is only 2 miles away which has shops, petrol station, pubs and restaurants, you can access the Uig ferry terminal to the outer Hebrides, here you can access Clach Ard Uige, a relic of an ancient stone circle standing on the hills above Uig, the ruins of a 17th century castle, Caisteal Uisdean, the Piping Memorial sitting at the top of Glenhinnisdal and the Museum of Highland Life.
From Uig head south on the A87 to Carbost and take the A850 west to Dunvegan. Dunvegan Castle about 32 miles, The Castle is built on an elevated rock overlooking an inlet on the eastern shore of Loch Dunvegan, a sea loch, it was first built in the 13th century and developed piecemeal over the centuries, in the 19th century the whole castle was remodelled in a mock-medieval style.
Today you can visit the castle from the 1st April – 15th October, Open daily 10am – 5.30pm (last entry 5pm).
All areas to be vacated by 5.45pm.
From the 16 October – 31st March, the Castle & Gardens is closed.
From Dunvegan, head south on the A863 to Sligachan for 23 miles of the best biking road you will find on the right day, on a clear sunny day the view over the handlebars of the Cullin hills as you swoop your way south is fantastic,
Then at Sligachan Located where the Black Cuillin meets the western seaboard as you drive, see the view that so often graces postcards and canvass alike of the Red and Black Cuillin with Glen Sligachan between them, there is an enchantingly picturesque stone built bridge in the foreground under which River Sligachan flows wide and excitable, Sgurr-Nan-Gillean looms large to the right, all black and menacing, crags and pinnacles, wreathed in unnatural wisps of cloud or with every crevice etched in snow at this point you join the A87 and head south to
Kyleakin for about 25 miles, as you travel this route, there is breathtaking views, stunning scenery, natural beauty, rugged heather moors full of wild life jagged mountains, sparkling lochs and towering sea cliffs, Kyleakin is a village situated on the east coast of Skye, the site of a ruined 14th century Castle Moil located near the attractive harbour, the village is along the strait of Kyle Akin opposite the north west Scottish mainland town of Kyle of Lochalsh, over the Bridge
Inverness to Strathpeffer to Beauly to cannich to Drumnadrochit. The weather is not always great but the ride and your visit will make it well worth it.
Starting in Inverness take the A9 over the Kessock bridge through to Artafallie and Arpafeelie are small hamlets on the Black Isle on the West Coast to Tore a small village set round a major roundabout where the A9 intersects the A832 and the A835
Offering the choice of direction to wide open and remote spaces, hundreds of miles of quiet awesome roads, Stunning wild scenery vast sea escapes, Grab a map and start creating your own Highland adventure.
Taking this route, the A835 to Conon bridge a village near the town of Dingwall, with a railway station on the line Inverness to Dingwall.
Inverness is roughly 20 minutes drive, and Dingwall is roughly 5 minutes drive. a great central location for touring the Highland Region, here you will find Castles, old ruins, Whiskey distilleries, fishing villages, crofting, Golf, history, towns and villages offering Highland hospitality, Food and Drink, Shooting, Sailing, walking,
To the west to Skye, north west to Lochinver, north to John O'Groats or south to Glencoe, this part of Scotland has to rank as one of the real contenders for a truly great biking country, there are so many beautiful places to visit with roads offering long fast straights to sweeping curves.
From Kinlochewe hair raising bends climb to Applecross among majestic scenic mountains on the west coast and beautiful beaches and a rugged coast in the north.
From Conon bridge, continue on the A835 to Strathpeffer a Victorian spa town, within striking distance of Ben Wyvis a vast and sprawling mountain whose isolated position makes it the dominating feature of a wide area the ascent to its spacious plateau is a reasonably straightforward in good summer conditions by Munro standards and there are very extensive views from the summit, popular base for walkers.
There are superb views from the Iron Age hill fort of Knock Farril, of the Cromarty Firth and of the surrounding mountains, another good walk is through Ord Wood to picturesque Loch Kinellan, where a small island bears the ruin of a fort.
The pavilion in the main square has been redeveloped in resent years and the Highland Museum of Childhood, can be found at the restored Victorian train station, a great place to explore the local history.
At Moy bridge over the river Conon take the A832 to Mary Bank, Urray, to Muir of Ord to take the A862 past the Muir of Ord golf course to Beauly, on the River Beauly, a renowned salmon river, varied shops, eating places, hotels and guest houses,with some gentler walks around the village and most stunning areas in the Highlands to walk is around, here you will find Beauly Priory one of three priories founded in Scotland in about 1230 for monks of the Valliscaulian order. Today only the abbey church still stands housing some fine funerary monuments.
Mary Queen of Scots stayed in Beauly in the 16th century, local tradition credits the naming of the village to her.
From Beauly follow the main road south out of the village and past the station, after a mile turn right onto the A831 signposted to Cannich.
Cross the river just below Kilmorack dam, follow the riverside road which is followed all the way through Eskadale and on to the head of Strathglass then to the small village of Cannich a peaceful and relaxing location in a quiet rural setting, close to mountains and sea, an ideal spot for nature lovers and wildlife, rambling, hillwalking, cycling and mountain biking, photographers and painters, next to Glen Affric National Nature Reserve Glen Affric contains an ancient Caledonian woodlands, direct descendants of trees that first colonised the Scottish Highlands after the last Ice Age 8-10,000 years ago.
Glen Affric is a haven for wildlife with a wide range of habitats ranging from high mountains to moorland to low level warm forest.
Then continuing on the road main A831 to Drumnadrochit climb up the steep hill through stunning back roads and one of the most beautiful remote areas in this region past the sign for the the Corrimony RSPB Nature Reserve, Set in stunning moorland and Caledonian forest, this beautiful reserve is a treasure trove for anyone who loves birds watching and ornithology, with over 100 different bird species, including golden eagle, black grouse, osprey, red kite, Scottish crossbill and crested tit. Habitats are widely varied and include agricultural land, pastures, woodland, moorland, wetlands, mountains, rivers and lochs, and the Corrimony Cairn a circle of standing stones and discover this ancient passage grave, dating back 4,000 years.
Continue down the glen passing Glenurquhart, then through Balnain and Millness this region is ideal for short strolls, low level walks and rambling, hillwalking, Corbett and Munro bagging, long distance walking trekking and Nessy hunting, a most beautiful, inspiring and truly stunning region of ancient landscapes and Beautiful scenery, waiting for you to explore and discover at your own pace.
Continue along the A831 for a further mile to Drumnadrochit, home to the world famous Nessy.
Drumnadrochit is the last stage walking the great glen way to Inverness.
From Drumnadrochit the road, continues on a further 15 miles to Inverness on the A82 following the shore of Loch Ness, where the River Ness enters the Moray Firth.
From Abriachan the route starts uphill on a broad but roughly surfaced track (much of the Way is on such tracks so boots are advised). But the last section of the walk is downhill on better paths, to reach the shore of Loch Ness a mile before Drumnadrochit. Unfortunately the last mile is on the pavement bordering the A82(T).
On the A82(T) turn off at grid ref 573350 to climb to Abriachan (a steep and twisty road). Passing Loch Laide on your left, take the first turn-off on your left (542356). The car park is 200m along this forestry road, on your left (this is also the car park for Walk 1531).At the other end of the walk, park at the Information Centre in Drumnadrochit grid ref (508300).
There is also a bus service between Inverness and Drumnadrochit; but not to Abriachan.
Way marked cycling and walking trails through Glenurquhart Forest with fine views to the hills of Strathglass and Glen Affric,Corrimony is located in nearby Glenurquhart, about five miles from Cannich along the A831 to Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness,Turning off the A831 you take the unlisted road for roughly a mile to the car park. The Corrimony Cairn is only a few minutes walk away.The Corrimony Cairn is a passage grave of the Clava type dating from the 3rd Millenium BC.To visit the RSPB Nature Reserve you carry on past the Cairn following the waymarks. From the carpark to Loch Comhnard and back is a round trip of about 8 miles.With so many marked Cycling routes why not stay at The Steading Highland Glen Lodge Bed and Breakfast after a good days Cycling for an over night stay, offering evening meals and a dram or two in our pub on the same site so no extra travelling from the Bed and Breakfast rooms, or make this your base to set out each day after a full Scottish Breakfast to start you on your way, with a packed lunch prepperd for youFrom the Steading you can head into the hills or follow the road routes.On the way to Drumnadrochit there are great views of the little white church sitting on the banks of Loch Meiklie, Saint Ninian Episcopal Church,The Scottish Episcopal Church is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, which includes the Episcopal Churches of Commonwealth countries, the American Episcopal Church and the Anglican Churches of England, Ireland and Wales.Through the Porvoo Agreement, we are also in communion with the Scandinavian Lutheran Churches welcome visitors from all Christian denominations.All are invited to share with us in all our services and in Holy Communion.Coffee is served in our coffee room following the 11.00am Sung Eucharist each Sunday.The church building is Victorian but it has ramp access, and a loop system. There is an off-road car park( The door is always open, and there are benches and a picnic table on the Loch side paths.)Along the route you will pass through the village of Bailnain and the picturesque 19th century village of Milton and over Drumnadrochit to Urquhart Bay and Loch Ness, home to the world famous Nessy to the Craigmonie viewpoint.