Local Area and Activities

Your ideal base for a tranquil Highland holiday

  • Safe for Children – enclosed and peaceful but plenty to look at, play with and do.
  • Spacious Rooms – comfortable to relax in with great lounges and outside areas and gardens (free onsite parking too).
  • Shops, Restaurants and Services -Drumnadrochit is ideal for getting the things you need, food and gifts and eating out (the Loch Ness Inn is a particular favourite of our guests).
  • Sail on the Loch – There are passenger launches sailing the length of Loch Ness which can be joined at different piers along the loch.
  • The Monster! – There are two visitor centres at Drumnadrochit devoted to the question is there or is there not a Loch Ness Monster.
  • Visitor Centres, Castles – All along Loch Ness from Fort Augustus to Inverness there are Visitor Centres and other places of historical interest and castles including our local Castle Urquart (see picture across in gallery).  Drumnadrochit has a Visit Scotland tourist shop.
  • Short Walks – Beautiful walks start right from your lodge but at Abriacan there is are easy flat and short walks capable of using wheelchairs with historical milestones and information and a bird watching hide.
  • The Long Walk – the Great Glen Way goes past Torcroft Lodges – 73 miles crossing the country from Fort William on Loch Linnhe in the West to Inverness on the Moray Firth in the East.
  • More Highland Travel – From Torcroft Lodges you can plan many day trips to a wide range of exciting and interesting Scottish touring destinations from Skye to the North West Coast, Sutherland, Inverness and the Moray Firth where the bottlenose dolphins can be watched from the shore! Whisky Distilleries and many shops and tourist locations and activities.

Local Wildlife

In the Air

We feed the birds at our lodges so sit back and watch chaffinches, greenfinches, blue tits, great tits, coal tits and gold finches feast everyday. You will also see buzzards, swallows, house martins, great spotted woodpeckers, tree creepers, yellow hammers and various warblers in the surrounding areas. At Corrimony there is a RSPB reserve, well off the beaten track, where golden eagles and crested tits can be seen. Snow buntings can be seen in winter at the Cairngorm mountain centre. Take a trip to the Black Isle and see Red Kites. Ospreys nests near Loch Ness.

On the Ground

The area is alive with more than just birds; roe deer have been seen on the lawn at Torcroft Lodges, red deer at Glen Cannich, pine martens and red squirrels are found in all the surrounding area. Go to Skye or Kyle of Lochalsh to find otters. Beavers have made a successful home at Aigas Field Centre, not 10 miles from Torcroft Lodges. To see the resident dolphins in the Moray Firth visit eco ventures.

In the Ground

Glen Urquhart is full of trees. Here at Torcroft Lodges we have Birch, Rowan and Oak. Locally you will spot the famous Caledonian Pine and Silver Fir among others. Try out the tall trees walk at Abriachan to find out more information about the trees in our local area, or log on to the forestry commissions website.treesforlife