Out and About at Ardgarry Farm
Here at Ardgarry Farm we are ideally placed for touring the Western Highlands, and many of the major tourist attractions are within easy reach. Ben Nevis and Fort William 38km, Loch Ness and Fort Augustus 12km, Inverness and Skye 80km can easily be accessed from Ardgarry Farm.
Invergarry is a village steeped in history and lies at the East end of Glengarry. Local services include 2 hotels, post office, petrol station, shop, café & visitor centre.
An abundance of wild life exists in and around Invergarry, including several types of deer, pine marten, wild cat, many species of birds and more. Glengarry forest is just 10 minutes walk from Ardgarry Farm. The forest has a good selection of well defined walks taking in waterfalls and the River Garry, which is regularly used for white water rafting and kayaking.
The Great Glen Way passes through the village and we are ideally located for hill or long distance walking and cycling. Most other outdoor pursuits can be accessed locally and a Water Sports centre is just 5 km away.
Places to go
- Foyers Falls and the beautiful forest walks. At Fort Augustus turn right and follow the road leading to the South side of Loch Ness
- Nevis Range: Ride the Gondola for spectacular views, good skiing, several downhill mountain bike tracks and walks, food available from the restaurant. Located on the A82 6km this side of Fort William. Telephone 01397 705825.
- The Abbey, Caledonian Canal and Locks, and General Wade's road at Fort Augustus.
- Local castles
- Cawdor Castle and gardens. Fairy tale castle linked with Shakespeare and Macbeth. Located off the A96 between Inverness and Nairn. Telephone 01667 404615.
- Glen Elg. This is where Gavin Maxwell found inspiration and wrote the famous book about the otter, “Ring of Bright Water”. Located off the A87, towards the Kyle of Lochalsh.
- Glen Affric - Surely one of the most picturesque places in Scotland. Beautiful Lochs and Forest walks.
- Kinloch Hourn (sea fishing) remote location. From Ardgarry turn onto the A87 towards Kyle of Lochalsh for 6km, turn left for Tomdoun/Kinloch Hourn, then continue to end of road and follow the old path down to the sea.
- The foothills of Knoydart - one of the last wildernesses in Europe. One of the prettiest Glens in the area.
- Glen Roy - See the Parallel Roads left by the Ice Age. Location, Spean Bridge, A82 road to Fort William.
- Commando Memorial Monument - Location, Spean Bridge, A82 road to Fort William.
- Isle of Skye - Location, 80km west on the A87, reached via the beautiful road to Kyle.
- Ben Nevis- The highest mountain in the UK (1343 metres). Glen Nevis, the venue used in the making of the films Braveheart, Rob Roy and Harry Potter. Location 3km from Fort William.
- Highland Wild Life Park and Highland Folk Museum. Located on the A9 at Kingussie, South of Inverness. (01540) 651270.
- Glenfinnan monument - Located on A830 at Glenfinnan, north of Fort William. (01397) 722250.
- Spean Bridge Woollen Mill. Traditional weaving demonstrations. (01397) 712260.
- Ride The Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig (01463) 239026
Things to do
- Caley Cruisers Boating Holidays in Loch Ness Scotland
- Fishing locally - Loch Lundie (Trout), Loch Oich, River Oich, and River Garry. (Salmon, Trout, Pike and Char).
- Torlundy Trout fishery (01397) 703015.
- Sea fishing at Kinloch Hourn and Fort William.
- Boat trips to Seal Island from Fort William. Glass bottomed boat at Kyle of Lochalsh.
- Boat trips on Loch Ness from Fort Augustus. The boats are fitted with sonar which can plot the bottom of the Loch and highlight fish shoals.
- Highland riding centre Borlum Farm Drumnadrochit. (01456) 450220.
- Loch Ness Monster exhibitions at Drumnadrochit.
- Activehighs - numerous out door pursuits, including White water rafting, Kayaking, canoe trips, climbing, gorge walking, mountain biking and more....
- Golf courses at Fort Augustus - 9 holes testing (01320) 366309. Fort William-18 holes (01397) 704464 and Spean Bridge (01397) 703379 are all only a short drive away. There are five more courses all within an hour's drive, with 3 at Inverness.
- Eden Court Theatre Inverness (01463) 234234.
- Cycling. There are a number of cycle tracks close by, taking you through forests, along Lochs and the Caledonian Canal. It's possible to cycle West to Fort William or East to Invermorriston and beyond, hardly using any public roads.
- Eating out locally. There are 2 hotels in the village also pubs, hotels and restaurants at Fort Augustus.
- Whisky: There are over 400 malt whiskies available produced by a number of distilleries, several are within easy reach.
- Trees for Life is an award winning conservation charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest.