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My family and I are considering staying in Drumnadrochit for a holiday next year as it looks a good base for visiting places like Inverness, Fort William, Isle of Skye and the Cairngorms.

Can anyone supply some information about Drumnadrochit itself, such as:

What supermarkets / general stores are available?

Any restaurants they can recommend?

Any pubs which offer nice food & atmosphere?

Petrol filling stations available? What are prices like for unleaded fuel?

Any other information about the area would be much appreciated.

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There is a small Co-op a Post Office and a bakers. There is a petrol station but you would be cheaper filling up in Inverness (which also has and Asda three Tescos and a Morrisons) which isn't far away. The Benleva Hotel is nice pub which also has it's own micro-brewery so serves great real ale. The Loch Ness Inn is also very nice. If you do stay in Drum a drive up to Cannich and Glen Affric is a must for stunning scenery and walks.

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http://www.benleva.co.uk/ and http://www.staylochness.co.uk/

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Aprox driving times would be Drum to Inverness about 15 mins.....Inverness to Aviemore and the start of The Cairngorm area about 30 mins. Drum to Fort William about an hour and a quarter/half, from Drum to the Skye Bridge about the same passing, Eilean Donan Castle on the way. Any other questions on the area just ask :-)

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goanjock

Thanks for your reply, the info you've supplied is much appreciated.

I've had a quick look at the links for Cannich & Glen Affric, the scenery looks stunning and may well be worth a visit whilst we're up in the area.

Do you know of any nice pubs which offer good food which aren't necessarily in Drum itself but in a town or village nearby.

We've thought about taking the drive to the Isle of Skye, is it Portree that we'd need to visit whilst there? Is it worth the drive from Drum?

Also, we're quite interested in wildlife too so do you know of any "wildlife safaris" that you can go on in the area. We're not bothered about a bit of travelling if that's involved.

Edited: 10 October 2012, 03:31
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Inverness has many dining options if heading to Cannich you have www.slatersarms-selfcatering-lochness.com/ if heading South down the loch you have http://www.glenmoristonarms.co.uk/ Once you have worked out where you will be visiting I (and I am sure others) can give other tips for eating out.

Skye is definitely worth a visit....for some snaps taken in and around Skye have a look at flickr.com/photos/… they should give you a rough idea.

There are various boat trips etc. you can take but here's a link to one of our favourites http://www.mistyisleboattrips.co.uk/

An example of a wildlife reserve further North is scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/…

Among other places boat trips are also availble from Kyle www.lochalsh.co.uk/seaprobe_atlantis.shtml and Ullapool http://www.summerqueen.co.uk/

A great family day out in the Cairngorm area is Landmark http://www.landmarkpark.co.uk/

Hope that helps a bit and any other questions just ask :-)

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We were with a small tour group and stayed in the Kilmore Farmhouse B&B for two nights, which was within walking distance of Drumnadrochit. We ate at The Fiddler's Restaurant which was great - nice selection of whiskeys and local craft beers. Went to Corrimony Nature Preserve, Corrimony Chambered Cairns, River Affric walk. So much to do and see and it is beautiful. Took a boat ride on Loch Ness, went horseback riding at Borum Farm. You'll love it.

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HI there, Skye is worthy of a visit of it's own for at least two days. If you go down the glen to invermoriston you'll pass Eilean Donan castle en route to Skye.

What to see or do on Skye? Well it depends what you like. The walking is superlative, and you don't need to be a climber to enjoy the island. Portree is the main town, but Broadford has a couple of nice restaurants as well as Skye Jewellery to browse around. Skye is all about the scenery and the history.

From Armadale and Sleat, up to Uig, to the Talisker distillery on the west coast, up to Dunvegan castle and the shell beach there, Waternish with the Stein Inn (great food) and Skyeskyns, and the view to the Outer Isles from Trumpan, you can keep on going round to the Kilt Rock and down to Port Righ (Portree), perhaps consider going across on the ferry to Raasay. It's well worth a couple of days. Oh, try and book in at the Three Chimneys restaurant - highly recommended, though the Stein Inn does good food too!

My recommendation would be to find a small cottage to rent, it's definitely a cheaper way to stay. There's a lot of fabulous walking in the highlands, even in and around Loch Ness. The Rothiemurchus Forest is good for walking, you can walk relatively gently up to the Lairig Ghru, (not through it unless you're an experienced and well equipped walker and have someone to pick you up at the far end on Deeside!), walk round Loch Morlich (go windsurfing if you like) or walk around Loch an Eilein, There are more organised facilities available from Aviemore, and don't forget Loch Garten with its ospreys, and the whisky trail round Strathspey (or as it's marketed, Speyside - argh!!) Someone mentioned Landmark, to which I would add the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig - really enjoyable.

As you want to be near Loch Ness, take a walk up Meall Fuar Mhonaidh, the views on a good day go from Fort George (another day out) right down Loch Oich, and possibly to Loch Lochy. A visit out to the Black Isle, to Rosemarkie to watch the dolphins and seals, to Cromarty for some history, more walking up Strathpeffer, Glen Affric also recommended. If you want to get further afield, head up to Ullapool and further on to Lochinver and the coast road round to Kyelsku. Dramatic scenery, stunning beaches, great walking.

On the east coast of the Highlands, it's worth taking a trip up to Dornoch (via Tain for Glenmorangie if you're interested) for a lovely beach,some nice cafes to warm up in afterwards, and a good antiques shop, or you could go walking up the Struie for fabulous views. Stop at the Storehouse of Foulis for coffee or brunch en route. This is on the A9 shortly after you come off the Cromarty Bridge heading north.

The Highlands don't have the same kind of pub culture that England does, although this is slowly changing, the pubs are more drinking places than pleasant places to eat where you can get a drink if you see what I mean. Hotels step into the breach!

Fort William is well situated for getting up Ben Nevis of course, or going round the coast road to Maillaig (the road has been improved in recent years!), scenic if the weather is nice!! Sailing, canoeing, are all available.

Inverness is technically a city (granted status for the Millennium) but is really still a town in outlook and size though in the last 30 years has more than doubled in size, and has sprouted many outlying suburbs such as Culloden (yes of battle fame - another visit!) and Smithton. As someone mentioned above, it's well served with supermarkets though the biggest Tesco is out on what is known locally as the Golden Mile. There's an M&S in the centre of town, and various other shops, some multinational, some local, some good, some bad. The river is picturesque as it runs through the town, particularly with the Victorian castle perched above it.

I wouldn't stay in Drumnadrochit myself, it's a bit of a dump, with some very scruffy tourist "attractions" and always feels closed in to me as is Glen Garry. Urquhart Castle is worth a visit too, the Falls of Foyers, Fort Augustus, it really depends what you like to do!!

I hope you enjoy your visit to the Highlands,

Edited: 19 October 2012, 03:13
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8. Re: General information

Drumnadrochit is a lovely village and not a dump at all! It's got some lovely places to stay. With almost half a million visitors a year to a village of 650 residents there must be something going for it :) also one of tourist attractions you speak of is five star visit Scotland and won best Visitor attraction in Highlands and Islands last year!

OP you would get a very warm welcome here please let me know if you need any information :)

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Thanks for your post, our base in the Highlands will be Drumnadrochit. Any helpful info which you can provide would be much appreciated.

Do you know any nice places for a drink & bite to eat in the area, doesn't have to be Drum itself just as long as it's within a short car journey.

What shops are there in Drum, and how do they compare with larger towns price wise?

Where can you refuel a car within a decent travelling distance and how do their prices compare with fuelling at a supermarket petrol station?

So far we've planned to go on the Jacobite train journey, take a Loch Ness cruise and visit the Highland Wildlife Park. Any more suggestions of places to visit would be helpful, we'd like to go on some form of wildlife tour/safari if possible but the more suggestions the better :)

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In Drum itself you have a choice of The Loch Ness Inn, Fiddlers, and The Drumnadrochit Hotel for evening meals. Loch Ness Inn and the Drumnadrochit hotel are also open for breakfast and lunch. All three of these places are very good. Inverness is 14 miles away and there are a lot of,places to eat there, anything from fancy restaurants to Pizza Hut. It really depends what kind of thing you are looking for! The village also has an Indian restaurant and fish and chip shop.

In Drum there is a Scotmid supermarket, prices are generally not too bad, it can't compete with Tescos of course but prices are ok particularly when they have special offers. There is also a small shop with post office that sells some groceries and nice cakes. Also in the village there is a bakery (Baking Birds) a chemist, hair dresser, sweet shop and several gift shops. The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition has a Nessie shop, Whisky shop and Art Gallery, the exhibition is worth a visit, it's the big one in the Victorian building, there is a lovely gift shop in the centre of the village. We also have a tourist information centre.

We have two petrol stations, one on the A82 as you are driving out of Drumnadrochit in Lewiston and the other towards Glen Affric. Prices are better at the first one generally and are a few pence a litre more than at supermarkets in Inverness but its worth it for the convinience.

The things you have suggested sound good. I would also take a round trip of the Loch by road, starting in Drum drive on the A82 through the village, you will pass Urqhuart Castle after 2 miles (worth a visit but has an entrance fee) another 12 miles and you will,reach Invermoriston (the journey is lovely right along the Loch side) as you come into Invermoriston look on your left for a huge car park,park there and cross the road to the bridge where you will see a beautiful waterfall, you can take a walk there. The village has a lovely little clog shop. Another six miles and you will be in Fort Augustus a lovely village where the Loch meets the canal.

Drive through the village and you will see a road that branches off to the left, this road leads to the south side of the Loch, there are single track roads beautiful scenery and you can get right down to the waters edge. At Foyers there is another waterfall you can take a walk down to. The cafe there serves great food! This road will lead you to Dores, it follows the Loch and is a lovely journey with plenty of places to stop. At Dores there is a shingle beach and you could even have a paddle in the Loch! Dores Inn is another good place to eat at. A few miles more and you will reach Inverness. The journey will take you a couple of hours but is worth doing.

You could go over to the Black Isle for Dolphin watching, we even had a sperm whale breaching last summer. You can also canoe on the Loch with a company called Boots n Paddles.

There is also Glen Affric to explore! Great woodland walks and fantastic scenery! I'll leave it there for now as I'm beginning to sound like a tour guide! Oh and there's Divach falls, up above the village it's on the site of Craigmony an ancient battlefield (Viking) sign posted in the village!

I hope you have a great time :)

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