Loch Ness Area Activities

Things to do around the Loch Ness Hostel and surrounding area


Drumnadrochit lies on the west shore of Loch Ness at the head of Glenurquhart, only ten minutes from the Loch Ness Hostel.  The village is picturesque, especially in the summer months with its white cottages, and lush greenery and vivid flower arrangements.

‘Drum’ as it is known by the locals, boasts a busy village shop, bank, post office as well as a cosy pub and café.  The tourist information centre is an excellent resource with ample parking.

The village has several popular Lochness Exhibitions which are definitely worth a visit.  Urquhart Castle is situated nearby, and is one of the most visited sites owned by Historic Scotland.


Urquhart Castle

Though extensively ruined Urquhart Castle in its day was one of the largest strongholds of medieval Scotland, and remains an impressive structure, overlooking Loch Ness. 

The castle has a visitor centre and a large car parking area.  The centre includes a historic display of the castle, a cinema, gift shop and a restaurant.


Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus is situated at the South West of Loch Ness, and is a very popular tourist destination.  The village has a fabulous five lock gate on the Caledonian Canal which connects Fort William to Inverness.

The Caledonian Canal connecting Fort William to Inverness passes through Fort Augustus in a dramatic series of locks stepping down to Loch Ness.  

Fort Augustus is a nice place to sit by the Canal and watch the boats go by, or browse the gift shops or stop for a spot of lunch.


Loch Ness is a large, deep freshwater loch extending for approximately 23 miles southwest of Inverness.  Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as "Nessie".  The Caledonian Canal uses part of Loch Ness for its route from Fort William to Inverness


Inverness is a beautiful and historic city, situated on the banks of the River Ness.  The list of activities to do in Inverness is endless.  Visit the Aquadome Sports Centre or the Ice Rink for a family day out, or spend a few hours at the multi-screen cinema at the Inverness Retail Park…. be sure to order lots of pop corn!

If you are looking for shopping, Inverness hosts a large shopping centre which has lots of shops including Zara, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and a large food hall.
Inverness has its own Castle which looks over the River Ness.  Be sure to make a visit, and take in the spectacular view of the city.

There are lots of places to enjoy an evening out in the city including various restaurants ranging from traditional Scottish food to Tapas.  If you are looking for a cultured evening, a trip to Eden Court Theatre should suffice.  The theatre hosts many different arts including drama, ballet and feature film.



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