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Drumnadrochit © Toby Stainton

Rogues, Picts and Vikings above Loch Ness

From £12 per adult

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January — December

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A tour of the old Balmacaan Estate up to the Viewpoint where you'll hear about Clan Grant, a few characters from the past and see a breathtaking view over towards Loch Ness.

Hidden secret gardens, 'baby' Giant Sequioa, Rogues, Vikings and possibly even a monster are the things you'll hear about and see during our walk around the Craigmonie Woodland and Balmacaan Estate. Meeting at my house we'll head towards the old estate and wind our way through a mix of oak and native Scots pine woodland on the path up to the viewpoint. Along the way you'll hear the history of the area from visits by Robert the Bruce, the legend of a Norse Prince who lent his name to a couple of landmarks and a Bard that got into a spot of bother with the local clan chief. The viewpoint itself will give spectacular views over Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness where you can pause and soak up the scenery.

Outlander fans will be delighted to know that some of the locations in the books are set near here and I can even teach you a wee bit of Gaelic to help you along with some of the dialogue. 

We'll finish the walk by dropping back downhill and returning to the village through pine and hazel woodland where you can learn about the work we're doing to manage the woods sustainably and how we forage for natural materials to dye yarn and wool sold in the village. On our return back to my house you'll see the end results of this project and have a chance to buy some of the yarn and speak to the artisan who creates it.

Contact details

Loch Ness Living
Taigh anns a'choille
Kilmore Road
IV63 6TS

Key facilities

Parking Parking
Pets Welcome Pets Welcome
Small Group (1-16)
History Landscapes Walking/Hiking Wildlife

Tour prices


  • £12 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season


Tour company information

Loch Ness Living

Promoting Slow and Sustainable Tourism around Loch Ness, we offer walking tours around Drumnadrochit. Our tours last for about two hours and guests have the option of either walking down to Loch Ness or up to the viewpoint looking over the Loch and Drumnadrochit. A longer four hour tour includes both walks and a break from coffee and cake.

Opening times

8am to 6pm all year round.

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