Glen Urquhart

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


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 five miles (eight kilometres) up the glen.


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

Notable people[edit]

Allan Wilson (1856 – 4 December 1893) was an officer in the Victoria Volunteers. He is best known for his leadership of the Shangani Patrol in the First Matabele War. His death fighting overwhelming odds made him a national hero in Britain and Rhodesia.


Like most of the United Kingdom, the Inverness area has an oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb).[2]

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 A82 near Drumnadrochit in the November 2010.[3][4]


Glen Urquhart has a mixture of planted, conifer forest and native, broadleaved woodlands.[5] 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.[5] A network of forest roads all along the glen is suitable for walking, cycling and horse-riding.[5][6]

Deer hunting (stalking) is a popular recreational and cultural experience here, bringing international visitors from around the world.

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]


  1. ^ Redmond J. "Glen Urquhart High School". Archived from the original on 11 October 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Inverness, Scotland Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Archived from the original on 4 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ Helen Carter (8 November 2010). "Autumn storms hit UK". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  4. ^ Carter, Helen (8 November 2010). "Autumn storms hit UK". The Guardian. London.
  5. ^ a b c "Wildlife at Glen Urquhart". Forestry Commission. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Craigmonie Centre | Natural History".

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