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Ard Daraich - Self-catering in Highland

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Ardgour, Fort William, PH33 7AB, Highland
Scotland, United Kingdom

Norrie & Anna Maclaren

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+44 (0)1855 841384(landline)

Walks galore from this comfortable self-catering house for 2 or 5 in superb gardens with stunning views, Scottish Highlands

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Cross Loch Linnhe on the Corran ferry to this house full of character, charm, original fireplaces and Crittall windows. Owners Norrie and Anna live at one end, and you have the larger part with your own separate path through the garden to your front door. Find a super-comfy sitting room with wood-burning stove, antique furniture and family portraits on the ground floor; and a kitchen with all you need to cook up a storm. Bursting bookshelves lead you upstairs to two double bedrooms, one with a Tudor four-poster, the other with an Italian theme - and a Norwegian bed! Both have wonderful garden views - as does the wood panelled bathroom with free-standing bath. You're surrounded by eight acres of garden, home to a startling collection of over 400 rhododendron species and hybrids, hundreds of acers and sorbus. Seeds and plants are sent from all over the world, making this one of the best ericaceous collections in Scotland; Constance Spry used to live here. Walks shoot off in all directions and there are breathtaking views.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Norrie & Anna Maclaren:

Local points of interest from
Norrie & Anna Maclaren:

  • Before you go anywhere, you must immerse yourself in the GARDEN; it has spectacular views and is a well-known collection of ericaceous plants. TOURS with Norrie can be arranged - you might even find some unusual plants in our small nursery!
  • We are a short distance from some beautiful MOUNTAINS and GLENS; you might want to CLIMB Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, or loose yourself in the awe-inspiring Glen Coe. The Ardnamurchan peninsula in one of Scotland’s most accessible wildernesses.
  • Even on rainy days, we are a cosy bolt-hole with views up the Great Glen to Ben Nevis. We also have loads of BOOKS and DVDs to watch, in fact - you might find this aspect of the place a real winner during your visit.
  • The local PRODUCE from sea and land is the world-renowned, while there are award-winning restaurants and bars all around. The White House in Lochaline and the Loch Leven SEAFOOD Café are two we’d recommend.
  • We can help you with your ITINERIES, as we have a lifetime of knowledge of the area; we love chatting about routes to get the very best of the restaurants, mountains, otters, whales, eagles, beaches and woodland walks.
  • All in all, we make every effort to make your visit MEMORABLE, and we always look forward to our enthusiasm for the Highlands with newcomers and returning visitors alike.
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Guest feedback
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"We had a wonderful stay in the Garden Studio cottage at Ard Daraich. A beautiful, peaceful and cosy home from home in a stunning location. If you’re thinking about booking – don’t hesitate!"

Helen - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

October 2017
"Staying in the Garden Cottage is, as ever, a wonderful experience. I’m leaving early tomorrow with great reluctance as this part of the world is so beautiful and Anna and Norrie are such wonderful hosts. Even now, after several visits, they advise me on new walks to take and places to visit, and make me feel so welcome and relaxed I have slept like a log every night. This time I’ve particularly enjoyed walks on the nearby beach and looking up at the stars on a clear night. Yesterday, I saw an otter as I came home and could hear the call of the rutting stags from up the glen - magic!"

William - London, United Kingdom

October 2017
"We have returned to the Garden Studio for a number of years. We know Anna and Norrie will give us a lovely welcome and that this delightfully designed cottage/studio, set in Norrie's wonderful garden, will be as special as ever. We love the place. "

Chris - Brighton, United Kingdom

September 2017
"Stayed in studio garden cottage . loved this place. Stunning. A joy to be there. The hosts were lovely. It was humble. The fresh eggs divine. The scenery around beautiful. The bath amazing to relax in. The drying room so handy. Nothing to fault we had a lovely stay and can't wait to return"

Sophie - portsmouth, United Kingdom

September 2017
"A wonderful cottage which has been beautifully finished set in beautiful gardens. It has a lovely wood burner with a huge basket of logs supplied and an array of interesting books to chose from when the weather is not so good. The location was perfect for us with trips to Sanna Bay, Glenfinnan Viaduct and Arisaig. Norrie and Anna were very helpful with suggestions for lovely places to eat locally and even a change of our route home to include the Mhor 84, which was well worth the visit. Definitely recommend and we would return."

Emma - Cumbria , United Kingdom

September 2017
"Having recently returned from Ard Daraich (my 3rd visit) we've just booked to go back next Spring. It's utterly magical. Everything thing about it is just perfect. Anna & Norrie are wonderful hosts and are so generous with their time showing you round the gardens, giving you tips on where to go and what to see.... just making you feel incredibly welcome. The surrounding area is a place of such beauty and we never tire of exploring Ardnamurchan. I can't wait to be back there."

Eileen - London, United Kingdom

September 2017
"There is a rare quality to time spent at Ard Daraich. Even though the call of the outdoors will no doubt fill your days, there seems to be the perfect amount of time to enjoy exactly what you choose to do. I suspect Anna and Norrie are Sorcerers, commanding peace to fall over Ardnamurchan and it is easy to succumb to their enthusiastic yet 'down to the very earth' way of living. I haven’t exactly been everywhere else on the planet to compare but I have notched up a few far flung havens in my time and this one is very, very, very special. Go and be charmed."

Alice - London, United Kingdom

September 2017
"Such a magical place,a real treat for body and soul. Anna and Norrie are welcoming,approachable but discrete and their cottage and its garden a bolt hole from a busy world. We were blessed with good weather for exploring the majestic peninsula and nearby Isle of Mull but The Garden Cottage would lend itself to a wintry weekend holed up with a fire, good food with books and films a plenty."

Judith - Tavistock, Devon, United Kingdom

July 2017
"Spectacular stay Hosts Norris & Anna incredibly hospitable and friendly during our week long stay at The Garden House, Ard Dariach. Amazing location, nestled just back from one of the most scenic, quiet and picturesque lochs in the Inner Hebrides opposite Fort William. The accommodation is very comfortable and stylish. We enjoyed the self catering aspect, in particular, the fabulous fish which we chose from the weekly visit from the fishmonger. The garden is splendid, many plants, including colourful rhododendrons and an abundance of wild flowers and green shrubbery. "


June 2017
"Hosts Norrie & Anna incredibly hospitable and friendly during our week long stay at The Garden House, Ard Dariach. Amazing location, nestled just back from one of the most scenic, quiet and picturesque lochs in the Inner Hebrides opposite Fort William. The accommodation is very comfortable and stylish. We enjoyed the self catering aspect, in particular, the fabulous fish which we chose from the weekly visit from the fishmonger. The garden is splendid, many plants, including colourful rhododendrons and an abundance of wild flowers and green shrubbery. We can't recommend this place more highly."

Fiona - wargrave, United Kingdom

June 2017
"We had a really lovely couple of days here last summer. Anna and Norrie were exceptionally warm and engaging hosts. Their home is beautifully decorated and full of interesting books, films and paintings. The surrounding area is gorgeous. It rained continuously but somehow that just added to the charm. Anna's food recommendations were all spot on - and Norrie's breakfast delicious. Thank you!"

Charlotte - London, United Kingdom

August 2016
"Anna and Norrie gave us the most marvelous welcome, to their delightful home (including a much needed pot of tea after a long day cycling around Lissmore) and we couldn't have felt more at home. Their garden is a real extra-ordianry, and it would have been nice to have had more time to explore it, but at least we were able to taste of it, and are now firmly converted to the idea of blackcurrants in our porridge! Altogether a lovely place to stay with two charming hosts, who gave us excellent suggestions about exploring the area."

David - Guildford, United Kingdom

July 2016
"Anna and Norrie were wonderful hosts - made us feel very relaxed, provided great breakfasts and were helpful in sharing their knowledge about the area. The location is beautiful (even in a bit of rain!) and seeing an otter was a highlight. "

Clare - London, United Kingdom

July 2016
"It really is as lovely as the picture the earlier reviews paint. Very much recommended! "
May 2015
"A magical stay in a remote and beautiful part of the Highlands. The Maclarens have created a perfect hideaway in the garden studio and are the ideal hosts, helpful without being intrusive, obviously passionate about the place they've made. The studio is much better furnished than the average place of its kind. The location is dreamy - one can see seals in the loch from the bench at the top of the hillside garden, not to mention many kinds of seabirds. The kitchen is well equipped and if the weather lets you down you can make a fire and choose from among the many shelves of good books. A find!!"
May 2015
"Norrie made us feel like family right from the outset and could not have done more to make us comfortable or better informed about this special region - he shared his thoughts, knowledge, books and friends with us - whilst producing a breakfast every morning that made lunch and almost dinner redundant! This was the essence of character home hosting to me which I so crave on holiday after staying extensively for business in hotels."
May 2015
"Das ideale B&B für alle, die Ruhe und Familienanschluss suchen. Anna und Norrie heißen einen willkommen wie alte Freunde in ihrem mit viel Liebe und Familienerbstücken dekorierten Haus. Unser Zimmer war groß und gemütlich eingerichtet, das Frühstück eines der besten, das wir in Schottland bekommen haben (Kompott aus frischen, eigenen Beeren oder Zwetschgen), ganz zu schweigen von ihrem traumhaften Garten mit idyllischen Holzbänken, von denen aus man den Blick auf Glencoe oder Ben Nevis genießen kann oder gemütlichen Abenden am Holzofen. Dazu gab´s viele Tipps zum Entdecken der Umgebung."
September 2014
"This B&B is very special! You are invited and welcomed into the hosts home, and treated almost as one of the family... The rooms are very comfortable and warm; furnishings traditional but authentic. The bathrooms are shared, but clean and always appeared to be free! The shower works well, and my daughters loved the bath! Breakfasts were a highlight... everything one would expect and considerably more! From the kippers, haddock, to fresh sausages, fruit and porridge. And the home made jams are suitably indulgent!"
August 2014
"Excellent bed & breakfast à tous points de vue : emplacement, chambre, petit-déjeuner, accueil. A recommander à tous. Un séjour de 4 jours inoubliable!"
August 2014
"Delightful house and hosts - interesting, witty conversations, amazing breakfasts in an aesthetic and homely room. Amazing art on the walls, beautiful hillside garden, superbly comfortable bed and luxurious duvets and pillows. Bathroom has free-standing bath in a good size bathroom. The whole house is tastefully decorated and a joy to be in. Anna and Norrie are very helpful and caring, as well as providing excellent food. Ideal spot for walking as the glen starts just behind the house. Interesting books everywhere! Would go back definitely."
June 2014
"We'd wholeheartedly endorse all the previous comments left by other visitors: a very special, delightfully charming, peaceful, and beautiful house and garden. Treat yourself to several nights here. Anna and Norrie are gracious hosts blending just the right amount of friendliness, helpfulness and leaving you to yourselves. Norrie's passion for their garden is captivating."
August 2013
"Heeding the advice of previous visitors, I DID stay longer - a week, in fact. With so many places, the reality never lives up to the hyperbole of guest comments and owner websites, but visiting Ard Daraich lives up to it all and more. I could go on about the beautiful wilderness, golden eagles and the wonderfully laid-back pace of life. However, the biggest highlight is Anna and Norrie themselves - their genuine interest in their guests and the superb way in which they helped me plan my stay. Every morning, over a delicious breakfast, we'd plan my day and each one was truly memorable."
July 2013
"Wanted to say how wonderful my two day stay at Ard Daraich was in June 2013. Charming, erudite hosts with great knowledge of local area and their amazing garden, comfortable room with fresh smelling bed linen and delicious breakfasts. Like staying in a friend's country house. Loch Linnhe is on the doorstep and the countryside is delightful, even if I failed to see an otter!"
June 2013
"One of the loveliest B&B stays we've had. A beautifully furnished, comfy room by the AMAZING garden (getting waken by birdsong too, after city life, is rather magical). Breathtaking scenery to explore on the doorstep- as well as that garden. We especially loved the house and hosts, too. Shelves and walls bursting with books and art, a woodburner and cosy guest lounge to warm yourself in if it rains (or after that walk), a sumptuous breakfast, and nothing too much trouble for Anna and Norrie. Helpful, knowledgeable, and great conversation. We felt very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed our stay."
May 2013
"In May, 2013 my wife and I toured Scotland and stayed two days at Ard Daraich B&B, near Fort William. If we had known what we now know we would have stayed longer. Anna and Norrie Maclaren are wonderful hosts and they have created a bit of heaven on the Adnamurchan Peninsula. Even though we had read about the garden, we had no idea that we would be treated to such a magical place with beautiful flowers, trees, sweeping views, unmatched in many ways by any garden we had ever seen. Norrie’s garden tour and his passion and devotion for it with a personal relationship with each plant was a special"
May 2013
"This must be one of the most wonderful B&Bs in the UK. The house with its Constance Spry heritage is beautiful & welcoming. Anna's advice on how to make the best of our stay made me as trip planner feel like a returning friend. The garden was to be visited by tree specialists the week we were there, but I wandered around it early morning & my companions spent an hour taking photos. We had the lounge to ourselves, & our American guests did not want to leave. It must be how everyone who visits feels, because it is essential to book well in advance."
May 2013
"We have been travelling through Endgland and Scotland for almost a month, but our stay at Ard Daraich with Anna and Norie was absolutely perfect. Stunning location, beautiful garden, nice livingroom and bedroom and exceptionally helpful hosts. To top it all up, we even had beautiful weather on the tours they recommended. "
April 2013
"Yes! Self-catering cottage is very comfortable and relaxing, welcoming and warm (with a little help from the wood stove on a couple of evenings.) The garden is a delight with many birds including siskins, coal tits and wood warblers; close-by, cuckoos to hear AND see, sandpipers and 24 large seals lazing on the rocks across the road! A special place to stay indeed and the gateway to Morvern/Ardnamurchan: the hidden gem we were promised with quiet walks, wildlife and vistas. Deer, of course, but otter, black guillemot, goosander and, with their chicks, sandpiper, greylag geese and mother merganser and seven. Plenty of buzzards but no eagles…….thats nature! This really has been a week at a delightfully slow and untroubled tempo. Thank you. Elaine and Simon Taylor"
June 2012
"This lovely self-catering cottage is a real treat for the weary soul. Beautiful location with scenery and walks to take the breath away. We have been thoroughly spoiled! The cottage is amazingly equipped so you can stock up on fresh local produce and cook lovely suppers. The cottage is remote but isn't that exactly what you want in the Scottich Highlands? Heavenly place - I am just worried everyone else will find out..."
October 2011
"What a wonderful place to stay! An exceptionally warm welcome from Norrie and Anna into very their beautiful home. A delicious breakfast beautifully presented. A fascinating house, gardens and history, all in an amazing location, with great walks and places to explore. Just wished we'd stayed longer!"
March 2011
"Warm welcome from Norrie and Anna, big comfy bed with view of the garden. Rained the day we were there but the roaring fire and good company made up for that. Bathroom sumptuous, breakfast likewise. No chintzy stuff in bedrooms and no TV there either - why would you want to watch TV in a place like this with the views the garden and the sea so close?"
August 2010

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  • 1 House for 5
  • , 1 Cottage for 2
Price:(i) £495 to£1050 per week

3-night stay from £570 for 4. Discount available for couples.

Special Offer: Autumn Deal in our Garden Studio - 3 nights for £275 2 nights for £230 on all available dates until Christmas. 16th - 19th November. 24th - 30th November. 6th - 11th December.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. 4 nights in high season. Children over 12 welcome. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.


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Ardgour, Fort William, PH33 7AB, Highland

Self-catering Ard Daraich (self-catering)
House ~ 1 double, 1 family room for 3; 2 bathrooms.
Price: (i) £ 685 to £ 1050 per week
Self-catering Studio (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 1 double; 1 bathroom
Price: (i) £ 495 to £ 720 per week

Norrie & Anna Maclaren

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+44 (0)1855 841384(landline)