Biking from Cawdor Fort to Ardersier and Fort George


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This route will take you from Cawdor Fort to Ardersier and Fort George. It is a easy 7 mile experience.

Highlights embrace:

  • the hump-back bridge crossing the River Nairn
  • Loch Flemington
  • Gollanfield cemetery
  • the thatched cottage in Ardersier

White Bridge

White Bridge crossing the River Nairn, near Cawdor Castle

White Bridge crossing the River Nairn, close to Cawdor Fort

This hump-backed bridge is a ten minute experience from Cawdor Fort. The B9090 highway used to cross it, however there is a new bridge now.  You can also make a brief diversion off the B9090 to get to the previous bridge. It is known as White Bridge and was constructed round 1754.

There are many previous bridges like this in Scotland, however I by no means tire of discovering them. I went all the way down to the river financial institution and stepped on stones to achieve the island of pebbles. From right here I had a detailed up view of the bridge and loved the sound of flowing water. 

Loch Flemington

Loch Flemington with swans and a rainbow

Loch Flemington with swans and a rainbow

A ten minute cycle from the bridge is that this small loch. I had by no means heard of it till I cycled its shores. I used to be fortunate to come across a swan with cygnets and a rainbow on the identical time. 

To cycle alongside the shore it's best to depart the B9090 as quickly as you attain the loch. There is a minor highway on the fitting. This highway provides the perfect views of the loch and the prospect to get a more in-depth have a look at the swans.

Brachlich Gollanfield Cemetery

Close up of a headstone at Brachlich Gollanfield cemetery

Shut up of a gravestone at Brachlich Gollanfield cemetery

The views of distant hills from this cemetery are spectacular. Throw in some storm clouds with shafts of daylight and a rainbow and this place is much more particular.

The view from Brachlich Gollanfield cemetery

The view from Brachlich Gollanfield cemetery

This can be a small cemetery, contained inside an oblong stone wall. There's some good stone carving on show. For instance, the beautiful flowers on the gravestone of a boot and shoemaker who died in 1853.

It is rather near Inverness airport so you may see planes taking off and touchdown.

Nice roads for biking

The B9006 road with hills on the horizon and fields each side

The B9006 highway

Quiet roads with nice views. What extra might you ask for?

It isn't probably the most well-known space of Scotland. It doesn't have mountains. It doesn't get quite a lot of vacationers. Which means you'll get to take pleasure in it just about by your self. 

To achieve Ardersier you should cross the busy A96. I discovered the best method to do that was to get off my bike and wheel it throughout when there was a spot within the visitors. 

Ardersier thatched cottage

Thatched cottage in Ardersier

The thatched cottage in Ardersier

There is a very fairly thatched cottage in Ardersier. At one level there had been 365 thatched cottages- one for on daily basis of the 12 months. That is the one one which survives.

Ardersier shoreline

View of Inverness Firth from Ardersier

View of Inverness Firth from Ardersier

Ardersier faces the Moray Firth. It means there's all the time a view of the water if you find yourself exploring the village. Look out for the sculpture of a pair of leaping dolphins. This space is without doubt one of the finest locations in Scotland to go dolphin watching.

Dolphin sculpture in Ardersier

Dolphin sculpture in Ardersier

From Ardersier it is 2 extra miles to achieve Fort George.


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