Drumnadrochit & Urquhart Castle

Highland | Drumnadrochit | Village sights | ★★★★

[Urquhart Castle]

The crowds of Loch Ness and its main tourist sites reach new heights at the village of Drumnadrochit. This is an area we hate to love, but always do. The settlement seems to have become the main centre for Loch Ness Monster enthusiasts, and a couple of Nessie-related attractions have sprung up accordingly; one is probably worth a visit, the other disappointing in our opinion. Just round the corner, Urquhart Castle is the only Historic Scotland attraction we've ever had to queue for besides Edinburgh Castle. The 13th century ruin is a true Scotland icon, romantically situated overlooking the loch with a bloody history owing to the Wars of Independence. Crowds spoilt our mid-afternoon visit, so coming here early in the day might be a good bet. The nearby waterfall on the Divach Burn is reputedly impressive after heavy rainfall (we visited during a dry spell), slightly off the tourist trail and all the more peaceful for it.

[Divach Falls]

Location & info

📌 Loch Ness Centre ★★★★
💬 The best Nessie-related attraction, apart from Loch Ness itself. Surprisingly science-orientated.
Immediately east of the A82 / A831 road junction in Drumnadrochit, G.R.: NH 510302 ///shape.princely.popping
Open daily | £8.45 adult / £4.95 child

📌 Nessieland ★★
💬 Slightly tacky attraction relating to the Loch Ness Monster in a series of "caves", though with some appeal for children.
Immediately west of the A82 / A831 road junction in Drumnadrochit, G.R.: NH 507302 ///scam.pickup.postings
Open daily | £7 adult / £4 child

📌 Urquhart Castle ★★★★
💬 Loch Ness's famous (and increasingly expensive) castle ruin, alternating between Scottish and English hands throughout the Wars of Independence.
By the A82 1 mi south of Drumnadrochit, G.R.: NH 531286 ///jumped.fool.encroach
Open daily | £12 adult / £7.20 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members

>> Divach Falls ★★ (2 mi ↓)



[Heavy rain over Loch Ness, beyond Urquhart Castle]

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