During a recent trip to Scotland, I took the opportunity to drop in to The Fiddler’s Bar in Drumadrochit. Run by Jon Beach, a chap I’d met at the fabulous Maltstock festival (you can read my write-up on that here, here and here), it’s somewhere I’ve been meaning to visit for a while.
More than just a bar, it’s also a restaurant and a hotel. Sadly, being a hastily arranged trip, I was staying in Inverness, but Drumnadrochit is pretty easily reachable, being just 15 miles away, which can be reached in 25 minutes by car or about five minutes longer by bus/coach (routes 17, 19 and 919 at the time of writing).
Prices at Fiddler’s are very reasonable thoughout the business. Rooms start from just £55 (comparable to a budget hotel in Inverness), with good sized portions of food at just over a tenner and reasonably priced beers and whiskies.
Starting with a whisky, I certainly had plenty to choose from – The Fiddler’s has hundreds. Bottles are arranged throughout the bar/restaurant alphabetically and I decided to for the special offer at the time – a 1980s NAS Auchentoshan for just £3.95 per dram.
Moving onto beer, I then tried a whisky-cask-aged beer from the local Loch Ness Brewery. Called Sherry Cask Seven, it was aged in a sherry cask that was used to mature Clynelish – rather rich and delicious, it certinly helped me to forget abut the torrential rain outside.
To top it all off I went for what’s called the ‘Fiddler’s Mighty Burger’ – a bold claim indeed, but it certainly lived up the name. For just £12.50 (which hardly buys you anything down south these days), I was rewarded with half a pound of burger, chips, onion rings, salad and coleslaw – and not a small amount of any of them either.
If ever you’re near Inverness, I’d recommend the short detour to go and visit – you won’t be disappointed!