As one whose parents live in Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness, I read the article on Scotland's lochs in the June 28 Travel section with more than passing interest. Unless the writer is confusing Drumnadrochit with the larger town of Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness, I fail to see how Drumnadrochit could be called "unashamedly touristy." Drumnadrochit has a tiny post office-cum-grocery store, a hotel (hopefully restored after a recent fire), a bank and delightful pottery and gift store and not much else (my apologies, but I'm a Lowlander).
The Loch Ness Monster Exhibition, with its pictorial history of the search for Nessie (worth a visit, by the way), is located at the rear of the hotel. Attached to the exhibition building is a souvenir shop, where, from my own perambulations, I have no doubt were found those "garish post cards and dubious-looking souvenirs" mentioned in the article. What a pity the writer paints the whole village with the same brush. I'll be interested to hear my parents' reactions to this article; they moved from Fort William because it was too "touristy."
Fiona Hamilton Disney Fairfax
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