Urquhart and Glenmoriston

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Castle Urquhart beside Loch Ness

Urquhart and Glenmoriston is a united parish in the Mainland district of Inverness-shire situated on the west bank of Loch Ness.

It contains the villages and hamlets of Corrimony, Drumnadrochit, Dundreggan, Invermorriston and Lewistown. The A82 trunk road from Glasgow to Inverness runs along the shore of Loch Ness through the parish. It is 30 miles long and in general from eight to twelve miles broad. Castle Urquhart is the only indicator of ancient times and was one of a chain of fortresses from Inverness to Inverlochy.

The parish comprises the ancient parish of Urquhart, signifying in the Gaelic language "an extensive line of sea-coast," from its situation on the shore of the Moray Firth, along which it stretches from the mouth of the River Spey to that of the River Lossie; and the ancient parish of Glenmoriston, the name of which, in the Gaelic language ‘’Glen-mor-essan’’, is derived from the falls of the rivers that flow through its picturesque valleys into Loch Ness.

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