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Dores Inn

The Dores Inn is a beautifully restored country pub furnished with old church seating, local landscape paintings and fresh flowers. The menu specialises in quality Scottish produce, from haggis, neeps and tatties, a…
Microbrewery in Drumnadrochit

Benleva Hotel

Set in an 18th-century manse a half-mile east of the main road, the Benleva is a rough diamond of a pub – a bit frayed around the edges but with a heart of gold. The beer is the main event, with a selection of real …
Castle in Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle

Commanding a superb location 1.5 miles east of Drumnadrochit, with outstanding views (on a clear day), Urquhart Castle is a popular Nessie-hunting hot spot. A huge visitor centre (most of which is beneath ground lev…
Museum in Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

This Nessie-themed attraction adopts a scientific approach that allows you to weigh the evidence for yourself. Exhibits include the original equipment – sonar survey vessels, miniature submarines, cameras and sedime…
Canal in Fort Augustus

Caledonian Canal

At Fort Augustus, boats using the Caledonian Canal are raised and lowered 13m by a ‘ladder’ of five consecutive locks. It’s fun to watch, and the neatly landscaped canal banks are a great place to soak up the sun or…
Museum in Fort Augustus

Clansman Centre

This exhibition of 17th-century Highland life has live demonstrations of how to put on a plaid (the forerunner of the kilt) and how the claymore (Highland sword) was made and used. There is also a workshop where you…
Pub Food in Fort Augustus

Lock Inn

A superb little pub right on the canal bank, the Lock Inn has a vast range of malt whiskies and a tempting menu of bar meals, which includes Orkney salmon, Highland venison and daily seafood specials; the house spec…
Cafe in Drumnadrochit

Fiddler’s Coffee Shop & Restaurant

The coffee shop here serves cappuccino and croissants, while the restaurant serves traditional Highland fare, such as venison and haggis, and a wide range of bottled Scottish beers. There’s also a whisky bar with hu…
Music in Loch Ness

Groove Loch Ness

A vast lochside field at the village of Dores hosts this successor to the now-defunct Rock Ness Festival, a one-day smorgasbord of the best in Scottish and international DJs.
Museum in Fort Augustus

Caledonian Canal Centre

A revamped Caledonian Canal Centre, beside the lowest lock of the Caledonian Canal, houses a gift shop, a visitor information desk, and a small museum chronicling the history of the canal.