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Ardgay is a small village at the head of the Dornoch Firth, with a railway station connected to Inverness, and attractively situated with views of the Firth through trees. There is a recently opened bicycle shop with bicycle hire available, store, cafe, and garage. The village is beautifully situated against the backdrop of two fine peaks in Strathcarron, Carn Bhrain and Carn Salachaidh, when viewed from Bonar Bridge, into which one can walk via a pavement / cycle track. Bonar Bridge also has shops, cafes, holiday accommodation, and other facilities.

Our Bed and Breakfast lies about 4 miles north of Ardgay in the small village of Culrain. However, if you are just looking for a one night stopover there is other more suitable B&B accommodation in Ardgay and Bonar Bridge, though we do sometimes take one-night stays off-season, when there are gaps between existing bookings, and at short notice. The Ardgay area is often treated as just a place to stay enroute to elsewhere, but there is so much lovely scenery and so many beautiful walks in the area, that it merits a much longer stay, and is an ideal base for a full holiday for exploring the north of Scotland.

Immediately behind Ardgay is the delightful Strathcarron (not to be confused with its namesake on the west coast), where there are waterfalls and many fine walks including Corbetts and Grahams for the hillwalker. Strathcarron also makes for a fine cycle run from Ardgay as the road is pretty flat (especially on the north side), and it is possible to go up one side of the Strath and back down the other. There is an old humpback road bridge over the River Carron just outside Ardgay between Gledfield and Cornhill with lovely views of Carn Bhrain and Carn Salachaidh.

The road to Tain is almost entirely flat and seems good for cycling, and there are Pictish stones to be seen enroute in Edderton.

There is an easy woodland walk in Ardgay, and a Pictish gravemarker in the church in the nearby settlement of Kincardine. There are also attractive walks in the Kincardine area, including a waterfall and gorge in delightful woodland, and connected woodland walks near Oldtown.

It is also possible to walk all the way from Ardgay to our B&B, via Gledfield, Cornhill, and the forestry road at Invercharron. There are fine views from this track.

The road to Culrain from Ardgay is reasonably flat for the most part, making it an easy cycle run. It is also a very pretty route, crossing the aformentioned bridge over the River Carron with lovely views, and then heads through pretty rural countryside with green fields and views of the Kyle of Sutherland, and Ben Klibreck on a clear day. Our B&B is also connected to Ardgay via train. The map of the Ardgay area below shows Culrain in the top left corner.

Ardgay from Invercharron Hill

Ardgay from Invercharron Hill - winter view.

Ardgay Railway Station

Ardgay Railway Station in the winter.

Kincardine Church, near Ardgay

Kincardine Church near Ardgay.

Ardgay and the Kyle of Sutherland from Balblair Woods

Ardgay and the Kyle of Sutherland from Balblair Woods.
Ardgay is situated in the middle of the picture.



The delightful Kincardine Burn in the Oldtown Woods, Ardgay. More Pictures of Ardgay and the immediate surroundings >>

Kincardine Burn, Oldtown Woods, Ardgay
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Culrain Walks | Culrain Burn Walk | Carbisdale Woods Walk | Balblair Woods Walk
Gearrchoille Woodland Walk | Kincardine Burn Walk | Badvoon Forest Walk | Raven's Rock Gorge Walk | Black Rock Gorge Walk
Glen Alladale Walk | Gleann Mor Walk | Glencalvie Walk | Strath Cuilleannach Walk | Glen Einig Walk
Loch Migdale Walk | Achue Walk | Tain Hill Walk | Scotsburn Walk | Fyrish Walk | Strath Rusdale
Carron Falls | Eas Carron Falls | Cassley Falls | Shin Falls | Allt Loch Ruagaidh Falls | Oykel Falls | Enarg Falls
Struie Road | Oykel Bridge | Glen Oykel | Oykel to Ledmore | Meikle Ferry | Loch Fleet NNR | Seals & Dolphins
Loch Brora | Loch Shin | Loch a'Ghriama | Loch Morie | Glen Oykel | Amat Forest Area