Glen Urquhart

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This page refers to the geographical area of "Glen Urquhart". For other meanings of the term, see Glen Urquhart (disambiguation)

A picture of Balnain in 1996.
A picture of the forests above Balnain in 1999.
4 images of Drumnadrochit in 1998.
4 images of Drumnadrochit in 1998. The school is top right.[1]

Glenurquhart or Glen Urquhart (Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Urchadain) is a glen running to the west of the village of Drumnadrochit in the Highland council area of Scotland

Location[edit]

Glenurquhart runs from Loch Ness at Urquhart Bay in the east to Corrimony and beyond in the west. The River Enrick runs along its length, passing through Loch Meiklie.

The villages of Balnain and Balbeg are situated about 5 miles up the glen.

History[edit]

Glenurquhart used to be part of the lands of the Grants of Glenmorison, with the lands of the Frasers to the north for most of its time.

Climate[edit]

The weather is pleasantly warm and sunny in the spring and summer, cool and fairly rainy in the autumn and very cold and snowy (with some blizzards) in the winter.

Police imposed speed restrictions on many bridges as fallen trees and a landslip both caused problems on the A9 near Drumnadrochit in the November 2010.[2][3]

Attractions[edit]

Glen Urquhart has a mixture of planted, conifer forest and native, broadleaved woodlands.[4] The hillsides on the south side of the glen are mainly used for commercial forestry, managed by the Forestry Commission. The slopes on the opposite side are covered with a mixture of deciduous woodland (mainly birch), farmland and some areas of commercial forestry. There are waymarked walks in Craigmonie woodland, near Drumnadrochit at the foot of the glen.[4] A network of forest roads all along the glen is suitable for walking, cycling and horse-riding.[4][5]

A chambered cairn at Corrimony is part of the Clava group of cairns.

The local shinty team is called Glenurquhart Shinty Club.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Redmond J. "Glen Urquhart High School". 
  2. ^ Helen Carter (8 November 2010). "Autumn storms hit UK". London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Carter, Helen (8 November 2010). "Autumn storms hit UK". The Guardian (London). 
  4. ^ a b c "Wildlife at Glen Urquhart". Forestry Commission. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.craigmoniecentre.co.uk/index.asp?pageid=4530

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 57°20′20″N 4°34′2″W / 57.33889°N 4.56722°W / 57.33889; -4.56722