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Craigard House is an early Victorian House (1840) set centrally in the Scottish Highlands in picturesque Glengarry on the edge of Invergarry village. Offering bed and breakfast with an option of an evening meal, it is an ideal base for visiting the many attractions of the Highlands.
The house has retained many original features, most of the bedrooms have their cast iron fireplaces with stone fire surround intact. The lounge and dining room still have their original wooden shutters and in the lounge the victorian owners, husband and wife have signed the window pane!

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A Victorian House with many original features, set in the breathtaking splendour of the Highlands, we are on the western outskirts of the village of Invergarry, which is located in the heart of the highlands. We offer bed and breakfast with an option of an evening meal by arrangement.
Craigard House is the perfect base for a varied holiday exploring what this area has to offer. If your interest is History, Walking, Wildlife, Cycling, Fishing, Plant Life, Photography, Art, Geology or just admiring the scenery of Glengarry there is something here for you.

The central location of Craigard House is ideal, as the southern end of Loch Ness is 8 miles, Urquhart Castle 25 miles to the northeast. To the southwest Ben Nevis and the Jacobite Steam Train are 25 miles. Westwards Eileen Donan Castle is 42 miles and the Isle of Skye just 8 miles further. Glengarry accommodation

We also provide the following facilities, an evening meal by arrangement, WIFI available in the guest lounge and most of the guest bedrooms, packed lunches, a TV in all guest bedrooms, secure cycle storage, a drying room.

The Guest Lounge is a spacious room, south facing, looking out across the fields towards the River Garry. The room is decorated with original Victorian oil paintings and prints. Furnishing is a mixture of classical modern and victorian. Plans for this winter include the upgrade of the fireplace, which is not original, with a wood burning stove, so an inviting warmth can be guaranteed in early spring and autumn.Glengarry accommodation

The Dining Room again a south facing room, with original shutters to the bay bay window. The room is bathed in sunlight for breakfast in summer and is an ideal place for a quiet relaxing evening meal.

Bedrooms, 7 in total, 3 doubles, 3 twins and a single. Most have original Victorian fireplaces and one has wooden shutters. Five of the rooms are en-suite and two rooms, a double and a twin share a bathroom, although there are plans to put an en-suite into one of the rooms this winter.

Craigard House is located on the western edge of Invergarry, on the road to the Kyle of Lochalsh/ Isle of Skye.

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From the South, from Fort William travel north on the A82 for 25 miles, at Invergarry turn left onto the A87, signposted Kyle of Lochalsh. Once you pass the Community Centre on the left, Craigard House is about 500m on the right, there is a sign on the roadside.
From the north, from Inverness travel on the A82 for 38 miles and turn right in Invergarry onto the A87 signposted Kyle of Lochalsh, and follow as above.
From the West, from the Kyle of Lochalsh follow the follow the A87 at Bridge of Moriston turn right, still on the A87 for 13 miles, Craigard House is the first building on the left after the village tourist sign.

There is a great choice of walks, from the strenuous Munro bagging, there are 66 within 1 hr and 31 within 30mins drive, to delightful woodland paths in Glengarry. There are several walks from Craigard House itself. Plus the Great Glen Way is only a couple of miles away and if you are completing this walk without transport we can prearrange a pick up and drop off from Loch Oich.

For the cyclist, there is much choice in the routes and level of ability from mountain biking at the witches trail Leanachan or Wolftrax, Laggan or other routes in the Forests. If you are cycling the Great Glen Cycle Way or even further, we are ideally suited for a stopover.

Craigard is an excellent base for wildlife watching, the woods and hills around contain Red and Roe deer, Red Squirrel and Pine Martens. Otters have been spotted in the River Garry and local Lochs. Birds of the area include Buzzards and the occasional Golden Eagle, to Siskins and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers.
For the birdwatcher Invergarry is a useful base as our location means that coastal, mountain and woodland environments are all within reach.
The Isle of Skye with its Sea Eagles is well within easy traveling distance. The Caledonian Forests of Glen Affric (40 miles), the RSPB reserves of Corrimony (38 miles) and Loch Ruthven with its Slavonian Grebes is about 31 miles away.

Fishing - Trout and Salmon permits are available locally for fishing the River Garry and Loch Oich and for other local lochs. Ghillies are also available to enhance the days fishing experience.
Walking - The highlands are renowned for the number and the variety of the walks available. From Craigard House you do not even have to get into the car as there are several walks into the glen or the surrounding Glengarry forest. Plus within a short distance the upper part of the glen holds many walks into the hills and surrounding glens. We are close by the Great Glen Way.
Hill Walking - For those looking for a more strenous expedition into the hills, there are over 60 Munros within 1 hr drive. There are of course also a large number of Corbetts.
Cycling - There is an excellent range of cycling options from single track road journeys, the Great Glen Cycle Way, forest tracks to waymarked mountain biking routes at the Nevis range and Wolftrax.
Water Sports - The river Garry and surrounding areas are popular canoeing areas. Close by at Loch Oich you can take part in white water rafting, canoeing, wind surfing or water skiing. Click here for details.
Pony trekking and Equestrian- A choice of Torlundy near Fort William, or Drumnadrochit for a variety treks. Inverness Equestrian Centre near Dores has trekking suitable for experienced riders.

History of Craigard House
The house was first built in the 1840's and occupied by the Rhodes family at about that time, theyt had worked initially as carpenters on the Caledonian canal with Thomas Telford. James Rhodes, was appointed Canal Superintendent at Invergarry. The family were originally from the Bradford area. A substantial amount of land was associated with the house as the family were also involved in farming. Not much evidence remains of the farm, the building to the side of the house is the old cowshed, there are also some buildings in the area, such as an old gamekeepers cottage.
In the 1860's the family sold the house and it was incorporated into the Glengarry estate by the Ellice family. At this stage it ceased to be a farmhouse and became the factors house and office. At about this time the only major alteration to the building took place, the rear part of the building was extended upwards to create an extra room above what was the Factors offices. The proch was also added at about this time. The Factor, George Malcolm, lived here for over 30yrs, he was viewed with a great deal of respect within the community. Although the office part of the house is now the private accommodation the office nature of the rooms is still very much in evidence.
The house stayed within the estate until the 1940's when it was sold to the government department developing the hydro schemes in the glen and surrounding area. It then became the engineers offices. It became a guest house in the late 1960's.
An insight into changes in the technology came to light this year when part of the roof guttering was replaced, a section from 1840 and another from the 1870's addition. The galvanised nails from 1840 were all clearly handmade, each different and square in section, by 1860 they were all machine made. However both sets of nails were retained as they were in almost perfect condition and used in the replacement lead work. So they are there probably for another 160 years!

History of Glengarry
For getting the most out of your visit to Glengarry there is an excellent Heritage Centre in the Community Hall, some 500m from Craigard House, which has material and documents relating to the archaeological and historical development of the glen. To visit their web page click here
The history of the glen largely mirrors the wider history of the Highlands with clan disputes, rebellions and then emigrations and finally a rich landlord. The glen is very much associated with the clan MacDonnell, stretching from the late 14th century through to the 19th century when the land was sold. During this period Invergarry castle was built and then subsequently ruined a couple of times. It stands today as a ruin on the shores of Loch Oich, work is currently continuing to stabilise the ruins. The MacDonnell period was marked, as is other parts of the Highlands by bloody inter clan fighting and rebellions for and against the crown. MacDonnell ownership came to an end as a result of mismanagement, it was then sold to Edward Ellice.
The Ellice family had made a fortune in Canada with the fur trade. By the time the Ellices took over the glen most of the population had been forced out to make way for sheep under the MacDonells stewardship. Unlike many other glens that were taken over by incoming landlords the Ellice family went about building what could be termed a "model" village. In this period you had no need to go out of the glen for anything. The Ellice family built a bank, village hospital, village store, tailors shop, church and school.
The nephew of the original purchaser of the estate also an Edward Ellice, took a great deal of interest in the people and history of the glen. He learnt Gaelic and as a result wrote a book "Place Names of Glengarry and Glenquoich”. A book that in typical victorian fashion also details the natural history of the glen, so it is more than just a list of place names. Its importance is in preserving the gaelic place names which were being lost as emigrations and the resulting depopulation took its toll on the collective memory. He alone at the time recognised the importance of having a written account. As a result Glengarry has a record that is unique among the glens of the highlands.