The Surrounding Area

Ardgay is a small village on the South West shore of the Dornoch Firth, Sutherland, Scotland. The nearby village of Bonar Bridge is 1 mile south and lies at the entrance to Strathcarron, the valley of the River Carron at the mouth of the Kyle of Sutherland.

In the centre of the village there is a Market Stone which was reportedly moved from Parish to Parish in former times as it marked the site for the local market. Ardgay is located only a short drive from the Royal Burghs of Tain and Dornoch. The latter has a world-class golf course and a glorious beach. Ardgay is within easy reach of the market town of Dingwall and the city of Inverness, with its excellent leisure and shopping facilities.

Lairg Community Market runs every third Tuesday of each month and Dornoch Community Market runs on specific Wednesdays from May – September. See more information here:

https://visitdornoch.com/dornoch-community-markets-2019/
https://www.heartofsutherland.co.uk/location/lairg-community-market

Transport Links/getting around

Public transport is available but infrequent. But once here it is best to have your own wheels.

Bikes can be hired from Chris Bowden.  Contact him on: heavenbikes@hotmail.co.uk

Ardgay railway station serves the village of Ardgay and its neighbour Bonar Bridge on the Far North Line, 57 miles from Inverness (shorter by road!).
https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/stations-and-facilities/ard
https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/north-scotland
Private days tours are available www.exquisitescotland.com

Places to Eat and Drink

Local restaurants and bars can be found at the following link:
http://www.heartofsutherland.co.uk/

These include:

The Hub Café, Bonar Bridge http://www.kyleofsutherland.com/cafe.html
The Crannag Bistro, Bonar Bridge http://www.crannag.com/
Mac and Wild at Falls of Shin https://www.macandwild.com/falls-of-shin-2

Attractions

There are many year-round activities and attractions.
www.heartofsutherland.co.uk
Enjoy a game of golf at the excellent Bonar Bridge & Ardgay Golf Club https://www.bonarbridgegolf.co.uk/
There are also excellent golf courses to be found in Dornoch (Royal Dornoch & Struie courses), Golspie, Brora, Skibo, Tain and Portmahomack.
https://www.highlandshootingcentre.com/
https://www.fallsofshin.co.uk/
http://www.kylefisheries.org/

Wildlife

https://thehirsel.com/about/
Loch Fleet – seals, 4 hours either side of low tide.
Highland cows – just keep your eyes open!

Hillwalking

www.walkhighlands.co.uk Hill walking – 3 Munros within about an hour’s drive from Ardgay. (Ben More Assynt, Ben Klibreck and Ben Hope)
https://forestryandland.gov.scot (link to local forest trails, mountain biking, wildlife,)
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/ledmore-migdale/ Woodland around the local village of Spinningdale. Lots of wildlife including red squirrels which have recently been re-introduced into the woods.

Churches

Croick church
Old church of Kincardine
https://kyle-of-sutherland-heritage.org.uk/

Events

https://food.list.co.uk/events/location:Ardgay%2857.8818%2C-4.3710%29/distance:50/

Provisions

Ardgay Stores and Highland Café is situated at Main street. They stock a wide range of foods and other items. The café is fully licensed and sells a range of hot rolls, freshly made sandwiches and homemade cakes.
Local Butcher’s Breakfast Packs are available to order from the family run Swordale Farm Butchers in nearby Bonar Bridge.
www.swordalefarmbutchers.co.uk
The Hub in Bonar Bridge is a vibrant centre open to all. Facilities include a 3-storey soft play area, fitness suite, cafe, youth room, multi-use room hire all with amazing views, second hand sale, and various events/activities throughout the year.
https://kyleofsutherland.com