We are Chris and Julie and we own Morlea B&B in Drumnadrochit. In October 2019 we gave up our careers as a SharePoint Analyst and Freelance Cameraman and made the move from Leyland, Lancashire to the Scottish Highlands. Along with our two sons, James and Ethan and also Maisie, the labradoodle, we took over the running of Morlea B&B. The beautiful village of Drumnadrochit nestled in the Great Glen and close to the shores of Loch Ness seemed an ideal place to start our new life.
From the beginning our aim has been to provide a home from home Bed and Breakfast in the beautiful Scottish Highlands with a friendly and personal service.
When we aren’t working, we can often be found walking Maisie along one of the many beautiful walks in the Glens or baking delicious sweet treats for you to enjoy after your day out. As Drumnadrochit is so perfectly situated, we will always be happy to help you plan your day and give suggestions on what this fabulous area has to offer.
We hope to welcome you to stay with us soon.
Morlea is one of Inverness-shire’s real treasures and provides comfortable accommodation in the picturesque village of Drumnadrochit near the western shore of Loch Ness. With views over the village green to the front and rolling countryside bisected by the River Enrick to the rear, Morlea’s Highland location is difficult to beat. The building is a traditional Scottish stone house which dates back to the 1800s when it was built for Lady Grant, the wife of the then Laird.
Drumnadrochit is on the route of the Great Glen Way, the 73 mile long distance path from Fort William to Inverness. The settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic ‘druim na drochaid’ meaning the ‘Ridge of the Bridge’.
Long before it became famous for a certain mythical monster, Drumnadrochit hosted a thriving market and cattle auctions, and the Estate that encompassed much of the area employed a large portion of the local population. The Loch Ness Monster Exhibition is one building in particular that has witnessed the town’s different eras: it has been a courthouse, a rent collection centre, an inn for visitors during hunting season, and now the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre.
At the heart of Drumnadrochit is the village green, which is turned yellow by daffodils in spring. A stunning model of Urquhart Castle that has been created from miniature hedges and plants can be found here. Surrounding the village green is a collection of largely white-harled buildings one of which is Fiddler’s which proclaims to be a leading Malt Whisky Bar, and on the far side of the main road is a grocer, newsagent and post office. To the south of the green is the village’s main car park, complete with the Tourist Information Centre.
Just outside the village on the A82 is the entrance to Urquhart Castle a large and fascinating castle with an excellent visitor centre and even better views over Loch Ness. A visit to Urquhart Castle is an essential part of any tour of Loch Ness and the surrounding area.