Local Area Information

Ardersier and The Moray Firth

Coordinates:  57°34′09″N 4°02′16″W57.56926°N 4.03775°W

The historic village of Ardersier has two good convenience stores with off-licence open 7 days a week, Post Office, Pharmacy, Doctors’ surgery, organic food outlets, and two gift shops, The Gun Lodge hotel and the Star Inn are two licensed premises in Ardersier that serve excellent food, there is also the PACE cafe and a cake/coffee shop.  A fish and chip van comes to the village on Tuesday nights.

For foodies, a visit to Connage is not to be missed. The cheesemaker has a shop and a cafe, you can watch cheeses being made whilst buying at the source.  Another village highlight is half a moon where fabulous glass works are made on-site and can be purchased in their lovely showroom.

In Inverness you will find the larger supermarkets – Asda, Morrisons and Tesco who will deliver to Ardersier or you can do a click and collect pick up.  Sainsbury's and the Co-op can be found in the nearby town of Nairn.  

Due to its gentle shelving nature, Ardersier Bay is popular with kayakers, kite surfers and canoeists.  There is a small concrete slipway just off the carpark at the Beechgrove pocket garden.  The beach from the cottage to Fort George is a shingle beach, from Fort George to Whiteness and Delny it becomes sandy so supports a diverse wildlife population.

With lots of things to do and see at all times of the year: - miles of quiet beaches, clean air and stunning scenery, the Moray Firth is naturally very popular with visitors who come to see the resident Moray Firth dolphins, visit the famous Malt Whisky Trail, the Castle Trail, the Speyside Way, the Coastal Trail, Loch Ness, Findhorn Foundation, see the autumn colours in Glen Affric or go skiing at Aviemore and Lecht. - You can see why people return to the area again and again.

For Golfers there is so much choice, the nearest golf course is Castle Stuart Golf Links, only 3  miles away. Duff House Royal championship course, Lossiemouth, Nairn, and Cullen, Inverness, Cawdor, Strathlene and Buckpool courses all within easy driving distance of Ardersier.  To the north, the courses of Ross-shire and Royal Dornoch may tempt you.

For things to do and see while you're here, click here for links to Fort George the Historic Scotland garrison built after Culloden.  Cawdor Castle A magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle.

Culloden Visitor Centre and battlefield scene of the last pitched battle on British soil where Bonnie Prince Charlie saw his final defeat.

Ideally located to tour the Highlands, you can explore miles of exciting coastline, historic villages and towns, lochs, including the famous Loch Ness - try to spot the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie. Visit the stunning Caledonian pine forests where you may see squirrels, Scottish Crossbills, Crested Tits, Ospreys and Red Kites.

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