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The Local Area

Ardverikie nestles on the shores of Loch Laggan in the district of Badenoch in the Central Highlands of Scotland.

Loch Laggan is used as the balancing reservoir to feed the Aluminium Works in Fort William, and as such the level of Loch Laggan can vary quite considerably over the seasons. Drops in levels of the Loch expose the famous white sand beach at the head of Loch Laggan which is a wonderful place to walk and enjoy spectacular loch to mountain views.

The area is situated in the middle of the Monadhliath and Grampian mountain ranges and as such is surrounded by Ben Nevis, Craig Meagaidh Nature Reserve and the Cairngorms National Park. This all give an unrivalled range of vistas unsurpassed in Scotland.

The nearby village of Laggan bridge sits on the headwaters of the River Spey and has an excellent Coffee Shop. Further afield the villages of Newtonmore and Kingussie have a wider range of facilities including small supermarkets while Aviemore give access to a wide range of shops and a great variety of experiences and facilities for all visitors.

Places to Visit

There are many enjoyable places, too numerous to mention here, to visit all within easy reach of the estate. For an in depth guide of activities in our area visit


Aviemore Kart Raceway
Karts to suit all ages racing round a 500 m circuit with great views of the CAIRNGORM Mountains.

Cairngorm Mountain Railway
The highest mountain railway in the UK and the only one in Scotland.

Strathspey Steam Railway
Take a journey back in time through Strathspey. Special services arranged throughout the year. Various dining options available.

Blair Atholl, Perthshire

Blair Castle
Home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl.  Last castle in Britain to have been besieged. The Duke of Atholl has the unique distinction of having the only remaining private army in Europe.


Landmark Forest Heritage Park
Fun, discovery and adventure for all ages.  Activities include a wild water rollercoaster, the tallest timber tower in the country, wildlife feeding area.  A 4 star visitor attraction.


Visit one of the highest distilleries in Scotland and enjoy a tour and tasting of Dalwhinnie single malt Scotch whisky.  Tours available all year.

Fort William

The Jacobite Steam Train
A spectacular steam train journey along the West Highlands from Fort William to Mallaig over the Glenfinnan viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films.  Operates May to September.


Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
See real Highland heritage in displays, exhibitions and events, an extravaganza of archaeology, art, natural and local history.

Jacobite Cruises along Loch Ness
Explore the fascinating myths and turbulent history of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle by boat with a number of cruise options available.


Wolftrax – mountain biking
Bike hire available from Laggan Wolftrax.


Leault Farm – Working Sheepdogs
An opportunity to enjoy and participate in the traditional working day of a Highland Shepherd and his dogs.

Highland Wildlife Park
Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals in a spectacular setting. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area on foot.


Cawdor Castle
The magical Cawdor Castle dating back to the late 14th century.


Highland Folk Museum
See how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s with over 30 historical buildings.

North of Pitlochry

House Of Bruar
With a reputation as the preeminent Scottish country clothing provider in the UK. To complement the Scottish country clothing range the Food Hall and Delicatessen offers the very best in fresh produce.

Local Activities

Water Sports

Loch Insh, near Aviemore

Loch Insh Watersports
A range of water sports are on offer including: sail sports, paddle sports, raft building, fishing and rowing on the loch. Equipment and instruction available.

Glenmore Forest Park by Aviemore

Loch Morlich Watersports
Equipment hire, lessons, activity days and a range of courses.

Spean Bridge

Monster Activities, Great Glen Water Park
White water rafting, water sports, walking, cycling and lots more.


Ardverikie Estate

Loch Laggan
Lochan na h’Earba


Badenoch Angling Association
Contact: Norman Holmes (Water Bailiff)


Fishing Scotland
Learn to cast a fly for wild brown trout and rainbow trout at select Highland lochs, in the heart of Lochaber with James Coutts. Totally inclusive day and evening excursions.

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