Our home “Beechwood Lodge” is opened for nice and friendly people to stay with us.
Ardross is located about 20 miles north of the Highland capital, Inverness, and is in the county of Easter Ross. It lies on the B9176 road that runs between the town of Alness on the Cromarty Firth and the village of Bonar Bridge on the Dornoch Firth. This road is signposted as the “Moray Firth Tourist Route” and is a scenic alternative to the A9 for those travelling up or down the East coast of Scotland. This road is also on the most common Lands End to John O Groats route, making us a convenient stopover for those travelling End to End.
Our house is situated a few hundred metres off the main road, along a short single track road. This little road serves to provide access to our house, and just four others beyond us, so there is virtually no through traffic. To both the front and rear of us are open fields, with views over adjoining farmland to some of the hills around us. We are far enough off the main road that we do not hear any traffic noise.
The garden to the rear of the house faces south to catch the sun and has a small natural burn running through it. Hence we feel we can offer you an extremely quiet and peaceful place to relax after a hard day in the hills, exploring or whatever else takes your fancy.
The nearest town is Alness, just 3 miles away. Here you will find a range of shops, pubs, hotels and restaurants. Other towns nearby are Dingwall, Invergordon, Tain, Dornoch, Strathpeffer, Muir of Ord, Beauly and of course Inverness.
Scotland, and in particular the Highlands, offers probably the best walking available in the United Kingdom. There’s everything from low level strolls by lochs and rivers, to the Mountains and in particular the Munro’s, the 3000 foot mountains of which there are 284. And there’s just about everything in between. Something for all ages and abilities.
Scotland is a bit different. Access to the hills is, by tradition, allowed on most uncultivated upland area’s. This makes hill walking here somewhat different. For a start, you will find very few footpaths marked on Ordnance Survey maps, and far fewer signposted on the ground. Because all walkers are not forced to follow exactly the same path, you will often find when you reach the open hillside, you will not have easy paths to follow (except in some very popular area’s) but rather you will have to do your own navigation. Finding your way onto the hillside can also be difficult in places.
With experience, most people come to love the freedom this gives you. Because people spread out and make their own routes, you will find that in general there’s not so much of a problem of footpath erosion. But the walking and route finding can be much more challenging. That’s where our guided walking service can help.