LOCH NESS - WHAT TO DO
Where the English fought the Jacobites. Near Inverness.
On the shores of Loch Ness approximately 1 mile south of Drumnadrochit on the A82 road. A very busy site generally filled with tourist business, so get there early or late in the day.
Eilean Donan Castle
On the road to Skye near the village of Dornie. This beautiful castle surrounded by water when the tide is in is just crying out for photos. There are organised tours and a nice restaurant.
Balnuarn of Clava
A well preserved group of burial cairns over 4000 years old. Near Inverness.
Places of Interest
Loch Ness Exhibition Centre
Where everything scientific relating to Nessie and Loch Ness is on display. This is one of two exhibition centres. The other one is generally for families.
People have been visiting this waterfall for hundreds of years. Take your camera as you look up at the water falling down past you.
Great Glen Way
The Great Glen Way runs for 72 miles from the west coast of Scotland at Fort William to the east coast at Inverness. The path runs through the forest at the back of our cottage. You can also canoe the Great Glen Way through the canals and lochs.
Glen Affric National Nature Reserve
Native Scots Pine, towering Redwoods, large Douglas Firs, the hiding place of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the battle of Culloden and the home of the Clan Chisholm. You will find some wonderful trails to explore from 1 hour to 14 hours. Some say this is Scotland's most beautiful glen.
Walks around Loch Ness
River Oich, Fort Augustus
Falls of Foyers
Jenkins Park, Fort Augustus
Daviot Wood, Daviot
Inverarnie Esker Trail, Littlemill
Three Lochs Circuit
Meall Fuarmhonaidh, Drumnadrochit
Allt na Criche, Fort Augustus
If you are lucky you can spot Osprey taking fish from Loch Ness. These beautiful protected birds are rare but breeding in healthy numbers again in Scotland.
Much more difficult to spot, but you might find them higher up in the hills and mountains.
More likely to be spotted on a hillside as you drive on the many small roads in the area of Loch Ness. We have a few that will venture close to the cottage now and again.
These beautiful creatures inhabit the forests around Loch Ness. We have one or two that feed from the bird feed tables in front of the cottage.
Fearless and curious. We have two that live in the area close to our cottage. They are always scavenging for food especially at night.
Boating & Canoeing
Large Cruise Boat
Sails out of Fort Augustus and tours the south of Loch Ness. It has sonar so you can see what might be lurking underneath. In 2012 a sonar reading was taken of something that was approx 4ft to 5ft wide in 75ft of water.
If you want excitement then this is for you. Seats approx 12 people and skims across the water at a very fast speed. Sails out from Fort Augustus.
Although the water can be unpredicatable at times, during summer it is normally safe enough to canoe up and down the shoreline.
Skiing and Snowboarding
The Nevis Range is only a 35 min drive away. You will find blue, red and black runs on the range where the UK's largest mountain, Ben Nevis, stands.
You also have Aviemore which is approx 1 hr 10 mins. This is the UK's premier ski resort.
Why not do a 'back to back' with a couple of days exploring in and around Loch Ness then down to the Nevis Range or over to Aviemore for some winter skiing or snowboarding?
If you are looking for self catering accommodation we run two self-catering holiday lodges which each sleep up to 6 people. You can book a min 2 night stay, For more information and to book please go here