There is much to recommend the north side of Loch Ness as a base for seeing the Highlands of Scotland, with easy road links making touring a breeze. Here are some of the highlights of the region...
Travelling from the south along the A82, almost halfway along the northern shores of Loch Ness, you will find the ruins of Urquhart Castle, for those historians amongst you there is a history dating back to the 13th century to be explored.
Next is Drumnadrochit, offering the visitor a village green, traditional cottages, shops and places to eat. The village of Drumnadrochit is the home of the official Loch Ness Monster Exhibition, from here you can find about the history of the legendary ‘Nessie’, the monster that has gripped the local people and visiting tourists since being brought to the attention of the world in the early 1930s.
Despite many apparent sightings and underwater searches, there has never been any evidence found to support the existence of this legendary creature. Perhaps you will be luckier if you take one of the many tours around the Loch either by boat or by coach. Wilderness Cottages are pleased to offer a selection of properties in Drumnarochit and in nearby Lewiston and Milton to give you the chance to do some of your own ‘Nessie’ spotting.
From Drumnadrochit you have the option to continue north to Inverness or explore the scenic glens of Strathglass. In Glen Urquhart there is a RSPB reserve at Corrimony, set in moorland and Caledonian forest. Black Grouse can be seen in courtship in the spring, and there are crested tits, and Scottish crossbills to be spotted. Corrimony is also famous for Mony's Stone and the chambered cairn, part of the Clava group of cairns, which date from the 3rd century BC.
To the west of Loch Ness is Strathglass; three scenic glens - Glen Strathfarrar, Glen Cannich and Glen Affric a National Nature Reserve. Here you are offered a stunning combination of mountain scenery, ancient Caledonian forests, rivers, waterfalls and abundance of wildlife.
Visit Plodda Falls where the waterfalls are surrounded by some of the tallest Douglas Fir trees in Scotland or Reelig Glen which boasts the tallest tree in Britain. Beauly has a number of traditional shops and the ruins of a 13th century priory at its centre. Close by find the Kilmorak Gallery home to contemporary highland art, Moniack Winery and Glen Ord Distillery.
We are sure one of the numerous Wilderness Cottages in this region will more than meet your holiday requirements and offer you the chance to experience this wonderful region for yourself.