Out and About

Things to do and places to see in the local area and beyond!

Ghoirtein B&B is ideally placed between Loch Ness and Glen Affric giving guests an ideal base for exploring all that the local area has to offer.  Not only that we are well situated for exploring further afield and taking in the history, heritage and landscapes of the Highlands.   Drumnadrochit has several retail outlets, cafes and restaurants plus two Nessie Exhibitions and gift shops.

Explore the great outdoors

Take to the hills and forest tracks or simply enjoy the scenery from your car.  We are in a great area for outdoor activities with the Glens of Affric, Cannich and Strathfarrar only a short drive away.  There you can climb the Munros or ramble on the lower trails that are also ideal for mountain bikes.  The Affric Kintail Way is literally a few hundred yards away from Ghoirtein B&B and shorter signposted walks around Balnain and Drumnadrochit that are suited to those taking a more leisurely approach.

Urquhart Castle

Approximately a mile from Drumnadrochit on the A82 towards Fort William is Urquhart Castle first established in the 6th century and then abandoned in 1692 this has become one of the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland, third only to Edinburgh and Stirling Castles

 

The Caledonian Canal

About ½ hours drive will take you to Fort Augustus where you can view boats negotiating the locks at the Caledonian Canal.  The canal was built in the early 19th century by Thomas Telford and stretches from Corpach in the west to Inverness on the east coast. There is a small visitor centre and café by the canal.

South Loch Ness

If you fancy a trip around the other side of Loch Ness, then you turn left when leaving Fort Augustus and follow the road to Foyers and Dores.  The views from this side are spectacular and there are more places where you can stop and view the Loch as well as waymarked walks including The South Loch Ness Trail.  There are a couple of cafes along this road and a super place to visit is the Falls of Foyers.

Cruise Loch Ness

Travelling back to Inverness and then rejoining the A82 towards Drumnadrochit you will find  Jacobite Cruises – they have three departure points on the loch.  From there you can get a number of cruises on the loch of varying lengths of time.  Also at the Centre are a lovely cafe and a very good gift shop.

Harry Potter & the Hogwarts Express

A must for Harry Potter fans is a visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct, overlooking Loch Shiel, and spot the Hogwarts Express aka The Jacobite made famous in the films.  You can book a trip on the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig which runs during the summer months of April – October but be quick it is very popular!

 

Culloden Battlefield

On 16 April 1746 the Jacobite dream of restoring the Stuart monarchy to the British throne came to a bloody end.  Culloden was the last pitched battle on British soil and, in less than an hour, around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobites.  Cumberland’s soldiers showed no mercy to their enemies slaying the wounded on the battlefield as well as observers who had gathered to watch.  For several years afterwards the Highlands were subjected to a campaign of terror aimed at wiping out Jacobitism.

 

Fort George

On the southern shores of the Moray Firth east of Inverness is one of the outstanding artillery fortifications ever built in Europe.  It was built over 22 years in the aftermath of Culloden to counter any further Jacobite threat which ultimately never materialised.   It is still an active army base.

 

Corrimony Chambered Cairn

Corrimony is famous for Mony’s Stone and Corrimony Chambered Cairn. The chambered cairn is part of the Clava group of cairns, dating back 4,000 years. The cairn is surrounded by 11 standing stones.  Just past the cairn is the RSPB Nature Reserve.

Plodda Falls

Plodda Falls is a waterfall, situated 5 km south-west of the village of the conservation village of Tomich.  The falls are 46 m high, and are on the Allt na Bodachan, near where it flows into the Abhainn Deabhag, which in turn joins with the River Affric to form the River Glass.