Situated close to Loch Ness, Glenmoriston is a river glen that covers a wide area. There is much to see and do in the highlands around the glen, although perhaps not in terms of parties or nightlife. It is not too difficult to reach Glenmoriston by bus or by car or cycle. Your Glenmoriston hostel is a good stopping place if you are cycling around Loch Ness, but it is also accessible by bus. Train connections are difficult, but if you take the bus it’s possible.
Glenmoriston, like many of the villages in the highlands, is steeped in history. At a small parish in the Glen, near Torgoyle Bridge, there are the locally famous “Glenmoriston Footprints.” At the foot of a cairn are two footprints that allegedly were made by Finlay Munro (who is known as the Highland Evangelist), and the footprints are still there today -- no grass or other vegetation grows in the shape of two footprints. The Battlefield of Culloden is a bus ride away, and even Bonnie Prince Charlie took refuge in a cave of the hills upriver. Loch Ness is usually the obvious attraction to the area, so go ahead and look for the monster in the depths of the loch, but be sure to check out some of the other attractions in the highlands. Glenmoriston is usually quiet and free from the tourists that flock to Loch Ness.
If you need to buy groceries or use an ATM or an internet café, the best place is in Inverness, which is practically the central shopping mall for the highlands. Fort Augustus also has some shops, but Inverness has a little bit of everything. Most connections via public transportation run Inverness as well.
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