Less than 30 minutes drive from Ardach is the beautiful Ballindalloch Estate. The estate boasts a unique golfing challenge, 9 holes with 18 different tees. This provides a unique experience of playing the 9 holes twice but the second time round gives each hole a different style.
There is also a distillery onsite which you can visit, however they are not yet at the stage of selling their whisky. For that you will need to reserve a barrel at around £6500, plus a contribution to the tax man on receipt!
If you are in the area why not visit the castle and gardens as well. More info here
EJ the resident Osprey has returned to Loch Garten RSPB reserve for her 15th season. Having travelled over 3500 miles in the last few weeks she is making the most of the fish from Loch Garten to refuel ahead of the breeding season.
The Loch Garten RSPB visitor centre is located a few miles from Ardach. You can learn all about the work of the RSPB and the fabulous story of the Osprey birds.
Keep an eye on the blog, in the link above, from Loch Garten and plan your visit now.
Ardach makes an ideal location for a nature holiday as we are based in the wonderful Cairngorm National Park which is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
Work is nearing completion on the new woodland paths in Dell Woods in Nethy. The paths make a pleasant extension to the existing path network in the woods off of Dell Road to the south of the river.
The paths cross the Duack burn which is the small bridge which you cross when entering the village from the Aviemore direction.
Contractors hope to finalise the final section, the bridge crossing, within the next week or two.
Here are a couple of pictures of our explorations of the new paths…..
The Aviemore Adventure Film Festival (22-24 April) is a weekend long festival with a superb line-up of events for the outdoor enthusiast & adventurer- with uplifting talks from top climbers and mountaineers, mountain bikers, back country skiers and filmmakers, together with exhilarating film screenings from cutting edge outdoor athletes; offering something for everyone, from armchair adventurers to weekend warriors.
The Festival kicks off on Friday 22nd April with the screening of the inspiring Scottish film “Transition” following young competition climber Natalie Berry as she starts off on her climbing career- transition from indoor to outside, plastic to rock and ice. Following the film, world class ski unsupported to the South Pole. Saturday night is the highlight of the weekend with the screening of the epic movie “The Last Great Climb” following top British climber & adventurer Leo Houlding (and his trusted team) as they attempt to climb one of the last great unclimbed routes in Antartica: the Northeast ridge of Ulvetanna (2931m).
climber Dave MacLeod will give a guest lecture entitled: “What Are You Afraid Of?” exploring the ideas that defined his progress to making first ascents of some of the world’s hardest rock and ice climbs and how he reflected from other climbers he’s coached and ideas from outside sport to improve his own performance.
Our programme on Saturday & Sunday is jam-packed with exciting films & inspiring talks. On Saturday morning, we have the screening of “Eiger Paraclimb: Defiance” following the team of three British paraclimbers as they aim to break down the stigmas & stereotypes regarding disability and climbing by tackling the mighty Eiger mountain in Switzerland.
Saturday afternoon we have an inspiring talk from Luke Robertson- who in January 2015, became the first Scot and the youngest Brit to
Following the film, we will be welcoming Leo to the stage to talk about the film and his adventure / outdoor career so far. His lecture entitled: “Mirror Wall- Reflections” discusses his recent expedition to complete the first ascent of the 1200m Mirror Wall on a remote peak in north-east Greenland. This was Leo’s first expedition since becoming a father and it was his daughter’s second birthday while he was on one of the most difficult sections of the climb. It was also just over a year since the death of his long-time climbing partner and close friend, Sean ‘Stanley’ Leary, in a wingsuit flying accident. Leo will talk about the conflict between a life of extreme adventure, and the responsibilities and homely joys of fatherhood, set against an undying drive for the next great quest.
Sunday is another action packed day with film screenings in the morning of “The Flying Frenchies: Back to the Fjords”- (follow up to the original highly acclaimed “I believe I can fly: Flight of the Frenchies”) and “Shifting Ice & Changing Tides” (following six women as they set sail for Greenland in search of virgin piste to explore and ski).
In the afternoon we will be showing the recently released local film “Cape Wrath” following mountain bikers Lee Craigie & Andy Toop as they make the journey up to the most remote piece of land on the UK mainland: Cape Wrath. Following the film Mountain Biker Lee Craigie (British Mountain Bike Champion in 2013) will be talking about how the secret to her sporting success lay in her love of exploring big mountains by bike – and this is still her driving passion.
The festival is topped off with our Sunday Night programme- including the inspiring film “Nobody’s River” following four American kayakers as they hope to make the descent of one of the world’s longest & last free flowing rivers- the Amur river in Mongolia. The film will be followed by an inspiring talk from Kayaking Expeditioner Erin Bastian. Erin has been in love with the outdoors since an early age and has organised and led many kayaking expeditions all around the world, including: Paddling 800km down the West coast of Patagonia and Circumnavigating (paddling) both Corsica and Sardinia.
Individual Session Tickets start from £9 (adults) £7 (students & concessions) and £6.50 (Under 18s). Children under 12 go FREE (if accompanied by an adult).
Full Festival Passes cost £46 (adults), £42 (students & concessions) and £30 (Under 18s).
We also offer a special Family PASS for £104 for any combination of 1-2 adults with up to 4 children- offering great value should you wish to bring the kids along!
The festival is community run and not-for-profit, and proceeds from this year’s festival will be going to support the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team.
Regular visitors to Nethy Bridge are no doubt aware that we are lucky to have a local butcher shop. “Mr Mustard’s” has recently been given an overhaul and is now the Balliefurth Farm Shop. The meat couldn’t be anymore local as the farm is located on the road to Grantown.
The shops sells a wide variety of produce to accompany the local meats.
Why not pop in and see what ingredients you can obtain to make a home cooked meal for your stay at Ardach.
More details – http://www.balliefurth.co.uk/farm-shop
Cairngorm Mountain Resort has opened to skiing and boarding for the 2016/17 season. A week of cold weather and snow at higher levels means that we are now into the winter snow sports season.
Ardach is perfectly located as a base for snow sports. Ideally located for both Cairngorm Mountain and The Lecht it means that you can choose the best conditions based on weather and snow levels.
Why no book your December or January stay with us now whilst we still have availaibility.
Lets hope winter 2016/17 is one to remember for snow sports!
After 12 years go-karting will shortly be making a return to the area. The new purpose built facility is situated on the outskirts of Aviemore and is less than a 15 minute drive from Ardach House.
The owners of the original Aviemore go-karts are set to launch the new activity in the next few weeks. A trial race is being conducted this week to ensure that all goes well.
Yet another fantastic activity to have in that area. Ensuring that the area remains one of the best locations for a holiday in Scotland.
The Speyside area is recognised across the globe as home to some of the top whisky producers. There are a large number of distilleries which you can visit and enjoy a tour of the distillery along with tasting some of the whisky.
The annual Spirit of Speyside Festival runs from 28th April to 2nd May in 2016. The festival includes a large range of events, music and special offers which are listed on their site. A great resource if attending the festival or you are in the area the rest of the year.
UPDATE: Unfortunately the recent devastating fire at The Speyside Centre means that the attraction is no longer in operation. We hope that it returns in some form soon!
One very local attraction is The Whisky Lounge at The Speyside Centre, Dulnain Bridge, near Grantown-on-Spey. Well worth a visit if you enjoy whisky or a keen gardener as they also have a garden cen
The Herald recently reported on the splendid golfing facilities in the Cairngorms. Abernethy, only a wedge shot from Ardach, is quoted as “the most evocative experience of all at the lovely little Abernethy club” and “packed with character”. Also nearby are Boat of Garten, Grantown-on Spey, Cartridge, Spey Valley and Craggan golf courses. Good deals are available for a combination of these courses .
Why not read the article then book your Nethy Bridge self catering accommodation at Ardach House and enjoy the local courses.