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Living in Drumnadrochit: the local area guide

Tucked away on the western bank of the famous Loch Ness is the tiny village of Drumnadrochit. Falling within the Highland local government council area, Drumnadrochit is roughly 15 miles south-west of the city of Inverness. As a result of the hype surrounding the Loch Ness Monster myth – the village of Drumnadrochit receives its fair share of wannabe monster spotters. It is home to a couple of institutions such as Nessieland and the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, that are dedicated to educating visitors on the ‘facts’ surrounding the existence of Nessie.

The village’s name originates from the Gaelic phrase ‘Druim na Drochaid’, which translates to ‘Ridge of the Bridge’ in English. The bridge the name refers to once spanned the River Enrick and Drumnadrochit sprang up in the area surrounding the bridge.


The Census of 2011 recorded that just over 1,100 people currently call Drumnadrochit home – which is close to 200 more than what was recorded in the Census of 2001. These residents are split into roughly 500 households – the majority of which are made up of either one person or a married couple.

A surprisingly small 19% of the total households in the Drumnadrochit area consist of a married couple with at least one child. In terms of home ownership, 68% of people living in Drumnadrochit own their house either outright or with a mortgage.

The village’s largest employer is the healthcare sector – which accounts for 29% of working age residents. When you consider that Drumnadrochit is without a hospital or doctors’ surgery, this makes for an interesting figure!


Parents of young children will only have one choice of primary level school to choose from in the immediate Drumnadrochit area: Glenurquhart Primary School. This tiny school only has 130 pupils on its roll and provides children with a great place to grow and develop in their early years. The school performs quite well in terms of student achievement and sees 90% of its pupils at P7 level performing well or very well in reading and 66% performing well or very well in numeracy at the same level.

Secondary school age children will be able to attend Glen Urquhart High School. Like Glenurquhart Primary, Glen Urquhart High is also a relatively small school when compared to others around the country. There are currently only 210 pupils enrolled at the school and 37% of S5 school leavers gain 5 or more SCQF Level 6 qualifications.


Residents without their own car will find there are a number of buses operating in Drumnadrochit – with services heading to a few of the surrounding villages and towns in the Highland area. Some of these destinations include Portree, Fort William, Fort Augustus, Inshes, Lewiston, and of course, the city of Inverness. These buses operate on a relatively regular timetable during the summer months, but during winter when there are fewer tourists in the village, they run at a slightly reduced rate – especially on Sundays.

Unfortunately, there are no trains passing through Drumnadrochit, which means that the nearest rail station is in Inverness. That being said, it pays to remember that Inverness is only a 30-minute drive from the village, so the lack of a railway station in the village itself will never be too much of an issue.

Those looking to relocate to Drumnadrochit will most likely find that having a car will come in handy – especially when you consider the fact that shops and other services are rather sparse in the village itself. Of the residents currently living in Drumnadrochit, 82% own at least one car.

Amenities and shopping

Unfortunately, Drumnadrochit does not have any supermarket of its own, so residents will likely find themselves heading north to the city of Inverness on a regular basis to complete their weekly shop. Inverness is home to a handful of supermarkets, including a Tesco, Morrisons and Co-Operative to name a few. While Inverness may be a bit out of the way in relation to Drumnadrochit, the road between the settlements follows the western bank of Loch Ness – so at least every journey will be a pretty one!

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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