Bed and Breakfast
B&B on shores of Loch Linnhe, Ardgour Peninsula
near Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Fortwilliam
8 acre hill garden and nursery garden.
near Fort William
West Coast Highlands of Scotland
Bed and Breakfast for garden and wilderness lovers.
Hundreds of rhododendrons, mostly species.
100 varieties of maple.
A magical hill garden on the North West shore of the sea loch, Loch Linnhe (you can see the loch at the end of the road in the photograph above right), Ard Daraich is a delight for garden lovers and for all those who love plants and nature. And it is a haven for those seeking a warm and friendly base to come home to after a day out in the wilds of West Coast Scotland.
The house (once the beloved holiday home of cookery-writer Contance Spry) is now the home of Norrie and Anna Maclaren who with inimitable hospitality welcome their bed and breakfast guests as friends.
Local knowledge is essential in this area and as part of the Lochaber local community both Norrie and Anna have a fantastic amount of local knowledge and contacts which they are very happy to pass on. From climbing, fishing, and whale-watching, to garden visits and wilderness walks, they can arrange contacts for whatever activity you would like.
- Guided bird watching and wild life watching.
- Climbing Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK
- Ice climbing
- White water rafting
- Self-guided walks, and guided walks for all abilities
- Gardens: Ard Daraich Garden is in itself a destination! But Norrie and Anna can advise you on other gardens to visit too.
- Sea fishing
- Sea trout, Salmon and Trout fishing
- Deer-stalking (advance notice needed for this)
- Trips to the island of Staffa (wild-life including sea eagles)
- Trips by boat to the isles of Mull, Rhum, Eigg, and Muck
There are three bedrooms:
Left and right; Downstairs: Double bedroom with adjoining bathroom with shower.
Left and right;
Upstairs: Double bedroom with a private bathroom a few steps away (bathrobe provided). A curtain across the passage makes this into your own mini-wing!
The third bedroom (not illustrated) is a standard double with shared bathroom, very good for a single person travelling with the family, such as grannie, children or a friend.
Anna makes delicious marmalades, jams and chutneys, and loves to cook "in the spirit of Constance Spry".
Fruit juice and fresh fruit salad, or compôte, with organic yogurt. Cereal or porridge.
A cooked breakfast from a choice of: kippers, sausage, bacon, black pudding, tomato, mushroom, spinach. Eggs (local or home-laid) - scrambled, poached, fried or boiled. Toast (home-made bread) with marmalade, jam and honey. And a choice of teas or coffee.
There are two or three very good places to eat out within easy reach of Ard Daraich (fresh local sea-food, venison and other local foods) and the Maclarens can advise on these, book tables for you in advance - or if you prefer send you all the links so you can organise your own dining.
Bed and breakfast from £75 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
Single persons welcome: standard double room from £60 per night.
No Children under 5 but discount available for older children if staying for more than 1 night.
A deposit of one night's stay or 25% is required on booking.
Souvenir home-made preserves for sale. e.g: Dark and Dangerous Marmalade or Delicious Damson Jam.
Extracts from the Visitors' Book
"Thanks for all! You've got an extremely comfortable house that makes you feel at home. Thanks for all your advice and for that Garden Tour I enjoyed so much." Maria and Ivan Raman, Malaga, Spain.
"Thank you so very much for a relaxing stay and an adventure in Scotland. Thank you for making us feel like family and sharing your warm and cosy home. There should be more people in the world like you". John and Di, Il Morris USA.
"Thank you for the warm welcome and hospitality in your lovely home. Thanks for all the tips and pointers too. It was nice to meet the animals especially Teal and Kubrick. And I haven't slept so well for a long time". Wit and Duncan.
A view from the garden over Ard Daraich to Ben Nevis (4,409 ft).
To enquire or to book:
www.arddaraich.co.uk/ for availability.
Anna and Norrie Maclaren
Ard Daraich Bed & Breakfast for Garden Lovers
by Fort William
Inverness-shire PH33 7AB
Tel: 01855 841 384
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1855 841 384
Please tell Anna and Norrie you found Ard Daraich through About Scotland!
Norrie is the District organiser of the Scotland Garden Scheme for the District of Stathspey, Badenoch and Locaber and both he and Anna are Members of the Maple Society.
If you like, Norrie can take you on a tour of the garden after breakfast if the weather is good.
At Ard Daraich there are over 1000 different rhododendrons and 100 varieties of maple. The garden was started by Constance Spry in the 1940s and was further established by Norrie's parents who lived at Ard Daraich from 1969 until 2006.
Norrie has established a garden nursery at Ard Daraich which benefits from his wide and specialist knowledge of plants as well as his connections with other plantsmen the world over.