The village of Ardgay - pronounced Ard-guy - lies at the head of the Dornoch Firth on its southern
shore, a mile opposite the village of Bonar Bridge. Formerly in the Kincardine
Parish of Ross-shire it is now a part of Sutherland.
The main A9 trunk road to the north used to run through the centre of the village until the opening of the
Dornoch Firth bridge to the east removed much of the through traffic. Despite this, and its small
size, the village still supports a local shop, post office, pub and cafe as well as a thriving local
This may partly be because the village still has its railway station. Heading north on the Far North Line,
Ardgay is the first station you reach in Sutherland and it serves both Ardgay and its neighbour of
One point of interest in the centre of the village, opposite the War Memorial, is a large white stone.
This is the "Clach Eiteag". Centuries ago it is said that this stone was moved from parish to parish
to mark the location of the local market.
Just a few miles from Ardgay you will find perhaps the most unusual and certainly the most
magnificent Youth Hostel you will have seen - Carbisdale Castle.
Built for the Duchess of Sutherland and completed in 1917, the castle has an extremely interesting
and unusual history.
Heading west from the village along the single track road that follows the River Carron, you will reach
Croick Old Parish Church. This little kirk is famous for the role it played
in the infamous Highland Clearances.