Para Handy Puffer
As you can see there is more than the Monster to be found on Loch Ness. This Para Handy type puffer was photographed steaming through Loch Ness whilst negotiating the Caledonian Canal. This is within a few minutes drive from Glendruidh House Hotel. A drive round Loch Ness is always a rewarding experience. If you set out from Glendruidh House Hotel and drive through Inverness City Centre over the bridge spanning the River Ness, perhaps a pause to watch the fishers fly fishing for Salmon and then on to the A82. First stop is in a layby alongside Loch Ness by a stone Cairn. This is a memorial to Sir John Cobb who died whilst trying to break the world water speed record on Loch Ness.
Drive to Drumnadrochit
Continue South along the A82 and you arrive at the village of Drumnadrochit (gaellic for Bridge on the Ridge). This is by Uquhart Bay, the part of Loch Ness where the Loch Ness Monster has been seen the most times. This is why the two Loch Ness Monster exhibitions centres are situated in Drumnadrochit. Once you have studied the evidence and come to your own conclusions about Nessie you can move on to Urquhart Castle. This castle is a ruin, blown up during the last Jacobite uprising by the Government troops to stop Bonnie Prince Charlie from using it. The visitors centre at Urquhart Castle is excellent and the film show in the centre a wonderful experience.
Fort Augustus and the Crannog
The next village is Invermoriston, stop on the right as you enter the village and you will see the River Moriston flowing down and through the rapids and waterfalls as it tumbles down to join Loch Ness.
As you travel down to Fort Augustus you pass a small island in Loch Ness. This is Loch Ness’s only island and is man made, called a crannog, there are many throughout the Highlands. The island was made thousands of years ago and reached by drawbridge. In times of trouble the drawbridge would be brought onto the island and the people on the island safe. Fort Augustus is a busy medium sized village with a set of locks raising the vessels from Loch Ness up to the level of Loch Oich, the highest loch in the Caledonian Canal. There is also an Abbey that was a Fort and then an Abbey and is now being converted into luxury flats. Alongside the Caledonian Canal you will find the Loch Inn. An excellent bar to stop for a bite to eat and a quick refreshing drink whilst listening to the locals.
Inverness Mountain Scenery
This is where you turn off the A82 and on to the return road to Inverness and Glendruidh House Hotel. The road leaves Loch Ness for a little while and climbs into the mountains, passing through some wonderful mountain scenery with deer, eagles and many smaller less dramatic animals along the way. As you continue to Inverness take the turn to Foyers, this brings you back to Loch Ness and stop at Foyers Falls is always worthwhile. The falls are short walk from the road. Continue along this road through Inverfarig with its woodland walks and the village of Dores. Inverness is a short drive away and you return to Inverness on right side of the River Ness for Glendruidh House Hotel. Once back at the hotel, a malt whisky in the bar is an excellent place to go over the days sites and experiences.
Glendruidh House offers hotel accommodation in the southern part of Inverness, close to Loch Ness.