Local Area Information

Ardersier and The Moray Firth

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

(Scottish Gaelic Àird nan Saor)  was originally a small fishing village on the Moray Firth to the east of Inverness.  The Gaelic name Àird nan Saor translates into “headland of the joiners” and is believed to refer to the local legend that the carpenters working on the construction of ecclesiastical buildings along the firth lived here.

Before Fort George was built in the aftermath of Culloden, a small fishing hamlet called Blacktown existed in the area of Fort George, its economy based around several small open fishing boats. Its relocation eventually led to the creation of the village of Ardersier.

Nowadays the village has two 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.  In Inverness larger supermarkets – Asda, Morrisons, Tesco etc. Sainsbury's and the Co-op can be found in the nearby town of Nairn.  Also in Ardersier is the Connage cheesemaker shop and cafe. You can watch cheese being made whilst buying at the source.  

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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