Scenic Drive – Inverness and Strathspey

Scenic Drives

It is perfectly feasible to base yourself in the Glencoe area and explore further afield to get a greater taste of the Scottish Highlands.

If you drive north of Fort William on the A82 you can head to the Highland capital of Inverness and the whisky country of Strathspey.  But this drive is not all about a visit to Inverness, as on the way you will pass a long list of great places to stop off.

Just past Spean Bridge high on the hill looking back towards Fort William, is the Commando Monument,dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces formed during World War II.

The road follows the Great Glen – a natural fault line that runs between Fort William and Inverness, and also the Caledonian Canal system, and so along the route there are a number of loch systems at Laggan and Fort Augustus that are worth stopping at to see. Once at Fort Augustus, you are at the southern end of Loch Ness.

Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch in Scotland, the second deepest but the largest by volume. Its deepest point is 230 m. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. But the most famous fact about the loch is that it is the home of Nessie (the Loch Ness monster). A museum giving all information about the ‘sightings’ of Nessie can be found at Drumnadrochit on the shore of the Loch further up the road towards Inverness. Just before you reach Drumnadrochit, there is Urquhart Castle, perhaps one of the most stunning settings for a castle in the whole of Scotland.

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