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Picnic Spots in Drumnadrochit?

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Picnic Spots in Drumnadrochit?

We are looking at spending a relaxing day on our upcoming vacation in Drumnadrochit. With a 3 year old on vacation in the highlands, the chance to see Loch Ness and spend a leisurely afternoon of monster watching was too much to pass up.

Is there as wide a selection of open green space of picnics / relaxation as there seems to be along the loch in Drumnadrochit? Any recommended places to stop and watch the world go by?

Thanks.

Jeff

Welland, Ontario

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1. Re: Picnic Spots in Drumnadrochit?

There is a village green in Drumnadrochit, and a Forest Walk nearby which has picnic areas

http://www.drumnadrochit.co.uk/abriachan.html

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2. Re: Picnic Spots in Drumnadrochit?

As the previous poster stated, there is a nice village green in Drum. There is also a small store there called "Morning, Noon and Night" that has a small takeaway shop with it. There are picnic tables there and it is just a short distance away from where the local kids play footie. The food is less than memorable, however when hungry for cheap eats it fills the void. My son enjoyed getting involved in the soccer game for a short while after scarfing his kebab. Even though he was a good foot taller than most of these kids, being asked to join the game was a great experience for him.

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3. Re: Picnic Spots in Drumnadrochit?

After re-reading your post I hope you indeed wanted to know about Drumnadrochit and not about loch Ness picnic spots. Though very close to the loch, it cannot be seen from Drumnadrochit proper. You have to go over a hill and tada, there it is. Follow the road around a bend and you find yourself at the castle Urquart visitor centre. Which if you want to picnic while being able to take in the loch views, you may be able to find a spot there to take a meal. There is plenty of open space between the visitor shop and the castle, however I do not know if it is available for leisure use.

If you need a place to stay in the area, I highly recommend http://www.glenrowan.co.uk/index.htm These people run a lovely B&B and they are so friendly and helpful.

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4. Re: Picnic Spots in Drumnadrochit?

Also have a look at http://www.abriachan.org.uk/

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5. Re: Picnic Spots in Drumnadrochit?

Drumnadrochit Picnic Spots:

As already mentioned there is the village green which also has a couple of cafes), and the bench by the Shinty Pitch (where the other poster's son played football) though this site is not the most scenic in the world (unless there is a shinty match on!)! You wont see Loch Ness from either of these 2 sites.

There are picnic tables by Borlum Bridge (which is on the other side of Lewiston on the way to Urquhart castle) - but as that is by a steep bank on the River Coiltie may not be suitable if you have an active 3 year old in tow! Again - no views of Loch Ness

I would recommend Queen Marys Rock on Criagmonie Hill overlooking Drumnadrochit which is easily accessible by foot and does have magnificent views of Loch Ness / a bench BUT , with a sheer rock face again its probably not a great idea with a small child ....but the rest of Balmacaan wood could also offer some options (which is very green but not open - there are a few benches dotted about). ask at Drum TIC (by the Village Green) and they will give you a map / directions.

Depending on the weather when you arrive and the level of the Loch you can get to the Loch Side via the path through 'The Cover', although the bridge which made the path easier has been closed following some very freaky heavy rain which washed away its foundations over the summer....ask locally when you arrive about the conditions as there could still be a way through and it is the best way to get to the shore of Loch Ness by foot from Drum (or at least ways that are easy to explain on this forum!).

There is the right to roam in Scotland which means that you can, in theory, find a nice looking field and have your picnic there BUT do not do this if there are livestock or crops in the field, keep to the field margins, leave gates how you found them, don't light fires and most importantly , wherever you are , take all your litter with you!

Other good picnic spots around Loch Ness are Abriachan Forest Trust (see the link in the earlier posts - lovley spot with tree houses, bird hides and a replica bronze age hut - and if you take the path to the Sheiling - geat views of Loch Ness ), Dores Beach South Loch Ness, and by the Caledonian Canal in Fort Augustus. More info can be found on www.visitlochness.com - which will also list events on in the area

Have a wonderful visit whatever you choose to do!

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