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Ardverikie

A house and sporting estate on the south shore of Loch Laggan in Highland Council Area, Ardverikie lies 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Kinloch Laggan. Ardverikie House is a splendid Victorian lodge, which was visited by Queen Victoria in 1847 and considered by her as a possible Highland home before she found Balmoral. The house was extended by the Inverness-based architect John Rhind (1836-89) in 1871 and then rebuilt, again by Rhind, following a devastating fire, but the owner, English politician Sir John Ramsden, was unhappy and a lengthy legal dispute ensued. More recently, Ardverikie has been used as a location in the film 'Mrs Brown' (1997), which explores the relationship between Victoria and her Highland servant John Brown, played by Billy Connolly (b.1942). It has also featured as 'Glenbogle' on the BBC television series 'Monarch of the Glen' (2000).

The estate extends to 12,146 ha (30,000 acres) and provides fishing and deer stalking. The Ardverikie Wall provides challenging climbing.


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