The Ticket Office in Ardgay, Northern Highlands

What to Expect

The Ticket Office in Ardgay is a semi-detached converted ticket office in a quiet hamlet with local amenities a short drive away.

Salmon fishing, mountain biking and walks with your four-legged friend are just some of the activities found nearby.

An excellent choice for those looking to explore the Highlands, and in particular the North Coast 500 route or to simply relax in a peaceful cottage with rugged mountains, clear lochs and beaches nearby.

At A Glance


About The Ticket Office

The Ticket Office has been lovingly converted from its original purpose to a cosy cottage ideal for a couple or young family.

The cottage is all on one ground floor level with a double bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living area to accommodate up to four people.

The original windows lend themselves to an unforgettable view of the Kyle of Sutherland river estuary, home to otters, wading birds and swans.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Ardgay, Nr Oldtown

Ardgay is a small hamlet with a local store for everyday purchases but slightly further from the Ticket Office cottage is Bonar Bridge, originally called Bonar but renamed following the construction of the first bridge across the Kyle of Sutherland in 1812.

Bonar Bridge as a town then became an important stopping place on the route north from Inverness and Caithness. The original bridge was designed by Thomas Telford, an esteemed engineer of the time, responsible for influencing many of Scotland’s roads, harbours, the Caledonian Canal and outside of Scotland, the Menai Suspension Bridge in Wales and Somerset House.

Bonar Bridge is where the Dornoch Firth becomes the Kyle of Sutherland with stunning views out to mountains and of course the water of the Kyle of Sutherland itself. The local hills, woodland and nearby River Carron have mountain bike trails and walking paths, ideal with dogs by your side.

The town has a 9-hole golf course, café, pub and bistro restaurant and has excellent fishing opportunities with salmon and trout permits available for purchase.

The Falls of Shin is less than 15 minutes’ drive from the cottage by car and is known in the area for its jumping salmon who battle against the water currents of the falls in summer and early autumn. There are some fantastic walks in this area around the falls themselves, the woodland and higher land for great views of the countryside below.

Dunrobin Castle, built with a French château as its model was designed by Charles Barry who designed the Houses of Parliament and Robert Lorimer, a famous Scottish architect and is built upon land and buildings dating back to the 1300s.

It is the most northerly of Scotland’s castles and great houses and the largest in the North Highlands. It is still home to the Sutherland family today. Looking out over the Moray Firth, there are falconry displays, a museum, the house and gardens to visit.

Our Thoughts

The Ticket Office is a comfortable, cosy cottage with its own unique railway-related heritage. It is brilliantly situated for those who love the great outdoors in the company of their pooch with amenities close by and historic Scottish towns and buildings within easy reach.

The breath-taking scenery of the Kyle of Sutherland, the unique experience of watching salmon jump at the Falls of Shin and the ease of access to walking paths, mountain biking and fishing are draws for anyone who loves being outdoors.

With a cosy living area, a dining table in a window which looks out over the railway station and trains at breakfast time, it is an excellent choice for train fans, young and old.

The cottage welcomes up to two dogs who will have lots of fun exploring the area with their owner.
The Ticket Office
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Our Rating

Comfort and Equipment 88%
Location 92%
Cleanliness 97%
Value for money 90%

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