Ardgualich Farm

UK Scotland Central Scotland Perthshire

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A queen’s view for much less than a king’s ransom

Ardgualich Farm is one of those rough-around-the-edges anachronisms you cannot help but like. The simple site has been run by the same family since the Second World War came to a close and has somehow managed to rumble on into the 21st century still enjoying the epic scenery that first lured Queen Victoria to Loch Tummel back in the 19th century.

Queen Victoria fell in love with Loch Tummel to such an extent that she would scarcely let a trip to her beloved Scotland pass by without visiting at least once. Today, the spot where she used to regally perch and survey the silvery shadow of the loch is fittingly dubbed the ‘Queen’s View’ - though not, as you may think, for Victoria, but probably for Robert the Bruce’s wife, Queen Isabella, who used to rest in nearby woods when she was out and about doing royal things.

With numerous whisky distilleries nearby, world-class salmon and succulent local beef all wrapped around heather-clad hills and mountains, it is easy to see why any queen in any century with a penchant for living the good life was drawn here.

The old farm has been joined by a collage of caravans and some static homes, but there is still some room for campers. There is a family-orientated field near the reception, but head right down the hill for the best spots. You can pitch your tent in the soft verges that fringe Loch Tummel, with only the sinewy sandy beaches and the lapping waves for company.

While sitting by the water’s edge is enough for some, others choose to get in. Campers can bring their own small boats or canoes, though jet skis are mercifully banned. There is no launch charge at Ardgualich, leaving you free to explore the nooks and crannies of Loch Tummel at your own pace. Campers can also enjoy a free fishing permit. After a day spent reeling them in, you can explore your primitive hunter-gatherer instincts and feast on freshly caught barbecued fish.

Some of Loch Tummel’s most famous inhabitants can be found above it rather than in it. Ospreys are now thriving around the shores of the loch after years of decline, when the very survival of these impressive birds of prey in Scotland was in doubt. Other flourishing residents you are likely to encounter are roe deer, who have been known to slip into the site and startle campers who wake to discover them nosing around in their breakfast supplies.

Today Ardgualich Farm, being a campsite, may not exactly have all the luxuries fit for a queen - and some tent campers may roll their eyes at the surrounding static caravans, and at an unattractive road barrier at the edge of the campsite. But what this place does offer, if you bag one of the loch-side pitches, is a stripped-down camping experience with regal loch views. You can get back to basics and barbecue your own fish as you idle your time away admiring the scenery and the wildlife. Queen Victoria’s ghost, as it wistfully haunts the hills above, will no doubt be ever-so-slightly jealous.

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Facilities

There is a new toilet block with hot showers in a portable cabin, including facilities for the disabled. It's serviced regularly, so is kept reasonably clean. This is also where you'll find the washing-up sinks and a chemical disposal point.

Food & Drink

The Loch Tummel Inn (01882 634272) is an old-fashioned pub with a beer garden that overlooks the loch. Choose from the informal bar or loch-view restaurant. The home-made beef burgers and seared Shetland salmon are both highly recommended. It also serves a range of good ales and whiskies.

Opening Times

Mar – Oct.

Location

Contact Ardgualich Farm, Ardgualich, By Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5NS

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Getting There

Heading north on the A9 from Perth towards Inverness take the B8019 exit towards Killiecrankie. Turn left for Tummel Bridge (you’re still on the B8019) and follow the road for 6 miles. The entrance to the campsite is on the left.

The Pitlochry to Kinloch Rannoch bus  goes past the campsite 3 times a day (4 times on a Saturday).

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