|This short drive takes you out to Loch Laggan where you can see Ardverikie House - Glenbogle from 'Monarch of the Glen' - in all its glory across the other side of the loch, taking in many of the locations that have been used in filming the series.|
|Take the Fort Wiiliam road out of Newtonmore, through Laggan and on for another six miles after Laggan. The lower Falls of Pattack will come into view on the left hand side, as you enter a short gorge. There's a good sized lay-by on the right where you can stop, and easy access down to the riverside.|
|Carry on further, until you come to Loch Laggan, which boasts the largest freshwater sandy beach in Britain. On your left, just before reaching the Loch is the gatehouse to the Ardverikie Estate, which featured in series 2 as the temporary residence of Hector and Molly when they moved out in protest at Archie's modernisation plans.|
|As you continue along Loch Laggan, after a couple of miles, look out for Ardverikie House coming into view through the trees, along the far side. Stop at one of the lay bys and, if you're feeling adventurous, scramble down to the loch-side for a photograph.|
|Continue down to the Creag Meagaidh Nature reserve where the more energetic can take a walk up the four and half mile path into Coire Ardair - a magnificent place in the shadow of great crags, with superb views over Loch Laggan from the path. Turn at the nature reserve car park - or if you wish, continue up the new section of road just beyond the reserve and turn up at the top, to be rewarded with a magnificent view back along the loch as you return.|
On your return to Laggan, stop at Laggan Bridge, where the stores have been frequently used as 'MacKechnie's Stores, Glenbogle 227). Pick up a fresh baked snack, an ice cream or a coke there. Just oppsite is the small Visitor Centre and part-time Post Office, which also featured as the local undertaker's in the series.
On your return into Newtonmore, take a moment to notice the Clan Macpherson Museum, which became the Glenbogle Tearooms and Post Office and, just opposite, to the right of the Mains Care Home, the site of the old conservatory which was the hairdressers - Glenbogle 960009.