Ardross is a small community in Easter Ross in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, about 23 miles north of Inverness. The village is spread out over a large area and consists of a number of distinct small clusters of houses in the townships of Ardross, Easter Ardross, Dalnavie, Stittenham, Cuillich, Strathy and Achandunie. You will find Ardross on the B9176 (formerly the A836) that runs between the Cromarty Firth and the Dornoch Firth, a road often used as a scenic detour for tourists travelling the east coast of Scotland, and signposted as the "Moray Firth Tourist Route".
There are no shops in Ardross, and no pub (unless the derelict Castle Inn, formerly the Tall Pines, ever re opens) but there are a few establishments offering a variety of tourist accommodation, and a few small businesses. We are only about 3 miles from the nearest town of Alness where shops and other facilities are available. Ardross therefore offers the perfect balance, being remote enough to offer peace and tranquility amid pleasant scenery, yet being close enough to nearby towns to offer good facilities. A perfect place to spend a holiday, or as we have chosen, to make your permanent home.
The area around Ardross is mostly relatively low lying, gently rolling fertile farmland, similar to that found all along this part of the east coast, and on the Black Isle. But just a few miles to the west, the ground rises to the North Highland mountains. The highest peak visible from Ardross is the 3433 feet high Ben Wyvis, about 10 miles to the South West.
Venture on foot from Ardross in a roughly north westerly direction, and you enter a vast upland area with little habitation and few roads. Pick your route carefully and it is theoretically possible to walk for almost 40 miles without encountering a road or a dwelling, by which time you would be virtually on the west coast of Scotland near Ullapool. This is one of the least densely populated area's of the United Kingdom.
Near to Ardross is the
Novar wind farm, which if recent proposals are implemented will shortly be expanded.
There are some interesting archaeological sites within the village area, most notably being the Boath Chambered Cairns the Wolf Stone and the deer stone..
You can find details about a lot of the archaeology in Ross and Cromarty at Exploring Archaeology in Ross & Cromarty and Archaeoptics.co.uk
To see a description of the Ardross area on the Up My Street website, click here.