Drumnadrochit may be the closest you get to Nessie | Loch Ness 360°

It’s fair to say that most people, at some point during their Loch Ness holiday, will stare out onto the water and have a quick look for Nessie. You know, just in case. But the smart ones will know exactly where to come if they want to guarantee a close encounter with the monster. Well, a model of one anyway. And that’s the charming village of Drumnadrochit on the shores of Loch Ness. 

the village of Drumnadrochit

The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

Nessieland in Drumnadrochit – officially known as the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition – is the key attraction to this village. Here you can get up close to the myths and legends of the loch that go beyond just a monster. For example, did you know that in 1940 a Wellington Bomber crash-landed on Loch Ness? You can find out all about its history and how it was recovered here at the exhibition. This visitor attraction has been rated five-stars from the Scottish Tourist Board and is fully endorsed by Scottish Natural Heritage. It’s definitely worth a visit.

Highland Games

Drumnadrochit enjoys several community events throughout the year, including its own Highland Games. The Glenurquhart Highland Games, which take place annually in Drumnadrochit, have all the games you would expect. Hammer throwing, tug-o’-war and of course tossing the caber all take place at the end of August each year. 

But if all that sounds a bit exhausting, then remember you can always relax and unwind at one of the many bars and restaurants in the area. From hyper-local beer to delicious whisky, there’s always something to try. And with most places offering seasonal and local produce, your taste buds will be sure to thank you for stopping in Drumnadrochit for a bite to eat. 

Getting to Drumnadrochit

If you are looking to come from Inverness to Drumnadrochit, it’s easy! On public transport, you can just hop on the number 17 bus. It only takes around half an hour, and you get to enjoy stunning Highland scenery on your way. The same bus will take you back to Inverness after your visit.

For those looking to come from Fort William to Drumnadrochit, the Scottish Citylink service 919 can take you there. From Fort William bus station, you can catch a ride through to Drumnadrochit that takes just under two hours. This is two hours of Highland beauty and lochside travels, so it’s like no journey you take in a city!

Drumnadrochit is of course accessible by car, whether your own or a hire. And for those of you planning to walk or cycle the Loch Ness 360° trail, you will find the village along Section 1.