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The local area guide to living in Drumnadrochit

The sleepy little village of Drumnadrochit lies within the Highland local government council area in Scotland – roughly 15 miles to the south-west of Inverness. Nestled away on the western shore of the famous Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit has become something of a hotspot for the cult of the mythical Loch Ness monster. The village attracts a number of visitors year round who are all eager to try and get a glimpse of the fabled monster of the Loch.

Drumnadrochit takes its name from the Gaelic ‘Druim na Drochaid’ – which translates to the English ‘Ridge of the Bridge’. This name refers to the bridge that spanned the River Enrick, which the settlement of Drumnadrochit originally grew up around.

Information about the local residents

According to the Census of 2011, there are slightly more than 1,100 people currently living in Drumnadrochit. This figure represents an increase of around 200 people since the last Census was conducted in 2001. The village is home to slightly fewer than 500 households, of which 30% are made up of one person, and 29% are married but with no children.

When it comes to home ownership figures, 68% of Drumnadrochit residents own their own homes either outright or with a mortgage. With regards to employment, the healthcare industry is the largest employment sector in Drumnadrochit and a new £1.5m medical practice was built there in late 2015.

Nearby schools

When it comes to education, Drumnadrochit is home to two schools: one at the primary level and one at the secondary level. There are currently 130 pupils enrolled at Glenurquhart Primary School. The school performs relatively well on a national level, with 90% and 66% of students at the P7 level performing well or very well in reading and numeracy respectively.

Teenagers will most likely find themselves enrolling at Glen Urquhart High School, where there are over 200 children. It ranked 29th in the The Times newspaper table of the best state secondary schools in Scotland (there are over 360 in the country) and was also listed 12th on the list of 'over-performing' schools.

Getting around

There are a number of buses in Drumnadrochit providing residents with transport to and from a small handful of destinations in the surrounding areas. These destinations include Inverness, Lewiston, Inshes, Fort William, Fort Augustus and Portree to name a few. These buses are relatively frequent during the week, but in the colder winter months’ services are slightly reduced.

There is no train station in Drumnadrochit, so those looking for intercity rail travel will have to head to either Inverness or Beauly in order to make the most of the ScotRail services that operate out of these locations.

Due to Drumnadrochit’s relatively isolated location, those looking to relocate to the village would be wise to invest in their own car. According to Census figures, 82% of residents in Drumnadrochit own at least one car.

Local shops

Amenities in Drumnadrochit include a grocery store, a Post Office, a library and restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. For larger supermarkets, locals will have to make the 15-mile picturesque drive up to Inverness along the western edge of Loch Ness.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

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