Thank you for choosing Ardvullin for your break. We would like to extend our warmest welcome to you and we hope you have a fantastic stay.
The money generated by renting out Ardvullin during the weekends and winter months goes directly to providing disadvantaged children with a much needed countryside break. So thank you for your support – by renting Adrvullin you are making a real diffence to the lives of disadvantaged children living in Scotland. If you would like to support us further, you will find further information about the important work HopScotch does in the About HopScotch section in this Welcome Pack, along with a donation form that you may wish to complete and send to us.
In this Welcome Pack we have included all the necessary information that you may need during your time at Ardvullin. Anna, our Project Work, also lives on site. If you have any queries during your stay place contact us on the numbers below:
07825 776571 07771 762071 07787 861963
01855 841 370 0131 343 2508 01501 734022
Our caretaker Alan MacAskill can also be cantacted on 07776 411653 should you have any emergency facilities issues.
We appreciate any feedback that may help us enhance the experience for other guests or for your future stay. Feedback can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org Once again, welcome to Ardvullin and enjoy your stay.
Tel No. 0131-336-5554 Email : email@example.com Web: www.hopscotch-charity.org
Security: On arrival the house keys would have been found in the safe box to the right of the porch. On departure please lock the house and place the keys back in the safe box. Please also change the numbers that are displayed to ensure that the safe box is locked.
Fire Procedures: There is no fire alarm test planned during your stay. If the fire alarm does sound please ensure all the members of your party leave the building immediately and meet at the assembly point just outside the front entrance, over by the trees where you will see the Fire Assembly Point sign. The fire alarm system is linked to a call centre who will contact the Fire Brigade. Please do not re-enter the building until the Fire Brigade has indicated that it is safe to do so.
Cooking and Heating: The electric oven must have the clock set in order for it to operate. If the oven is switched off at the wall then the clock will have to be re-set before the oven will work. Please note that the aluminium pots cannot be used on the electric cooker. The Aga must be left on at all times. The Aga is operated by a timer and the temperature will drop during the night. If you wish to use the open fire, please clean the fire after use and put any ash in the general waste bin. Thank you.
Recycling: The main recycling bins can be found to the right of the house. There are also small recycling bins in the kitchen. Please can you ensure that you sort out your recycling waste into the appropriate bins and that all the bottles/cartons/ cans are washed out before placing in the bins.
BBQ: The BBQ can be found in the green and white storage boxes in the garden to the left of the kitchen window. Please can you ensure it is cleaned and put away after use. The BBQ cleaning products can also be found in the storage box.
WiFi: WiFi is available free of charge. The best reception in the house is in the lounge or the bedroom above the lounge. The password for the BTHub3 is a6f86273a4.
Adventure Playground: Use of the playground is at your own risk and children should be supervised at all times. When using the trampoline, please follow manufacture’s guidelines which are displayed on the trampoline. Please remove footwear before use. The padlock code for the trampoline is 000. For safety reasons, please allow only one child at a time on the zipslide.
Personal Electrical Appliances: Please can you ensure that any personal electrical appliances such as hair straighteners or irons are switched off when not in use.
Canine Guests: Please ensure all dog mess is picked up, bagged and binned. We would also be grateful if canine guests did not sit on the furtniture or beds.
Leaving Ardvullin: Whenever you leave the house, we would be greatful if you could ensure all the lights are switched off. On departure day we would be very appreciative if you could leave the house tidy and strip the bedding (except for the mattress protectors). Please leave the bedding in the laundry bags in the porch. Thank you.
Ardvullin is a bright and spacious property used by HopScotch Children’s Charity. It is used during the summer months as a respite centre providing holidays for children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to have one.
It is set in 5 acres of garden and woodland with spectacular views over Loch Linnhe.
Porch - for wet wellies and coats.
Hallway with payphone. Coat pegs. Shelves and notice board.
Large kitchen/dining room with bay windows. 2 Large pine tables providing seating for 16. The kitchen is well equipped with an Aga, separate electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge freezer.
Utility room with washing machine and drying area.
Drawing room. Beautiful large room with bay windows and open fire.
First Floor (sleeps 18)
Two large bedrooms each containing 3 full size sets of bunk beds. Sleeping 6 people in each.
Two bedrooms each containing 3 single beds. One with en-suite shower and w.c.
Two shower rooms. One with 3 showers and separate w.c. One with 2 showers and separate w.c.
We have an adventure playground, which includes a 30 metre aerial runway (flying fox), a clatter bridge, tyre traverse ladder and a scramble net, slide and climbing area. For safety reasons only one child should use the flying fox at a time and helmets must be worn. Children should always be supervised whilst in the playground. Within the playground we also have a Trampoline and Table Tennis.
Things to Do
The west coast of the Scotish highlands is famous not only for its spectacular scenery but for its wealth of available activities. From walking and climbing, visiting historic sites to simply tasting the local produce, there is always something to do and somewhere to go. The area provides a wonderful environment for the outdoor enthusiast. Visitors of all ages and abilities will find something to suit them here.
HILL WALKING AND CLIMBING The Ardnamurchan / Ardgour area contains no Munros but those who visit will find some superb and quiet mountains. Arguably the best amongst them is Garbh Bheinn which rises opposite the entrance to Loch Leven giving great views towards the Glencoe peaks and out over sea lochs. The best route of ascent, although not the shortest is via Coire Iubhair. A 4 km walk up the glen on an easy path gives good views towards the peak itself with the classic Great ridge being prominent. From the head of the glen the route to the summit goes up to the left of the ridge.
This area also boasts the northern half of the West Highland Way, the highest peak in the UK –Ben Nevis (4,406 feet), the spectacular mountains of Glencoe, and, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, some of the most attractive coastal, forest and hill walks in the Highlands.
Many of the most popular walks are way marked and there are guides available to accompany and point you in the right direction.
There are 8 Munros in the area, for those who like to keep count, and many more within driving distance.
The Glencoe Hills, Bidean nam Bian, Buchaille Etive Mor, Sgurr Dhomhnull, Garbh Bheinn, Beinn Resipol, Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and the Grey Corries are all close by.
For those who enjoy the thrill of climbing, The Aonach Eagach Ridge, Curved Ridge on Buchaille Etive Mor and Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis are close to Ardvullin.
For those with a taste for danger and a head for heights there is, Paragliding, (at the Ben Nevis Ski Complex) Rock climbing, Absailing and Canyoning (a mixture of absailing, sliding and jumping down natural watercourses).
MOUNTAIN GUIDING Craig Dubh provides quality bespoke year round mountain guiding and outdoor instruction in and around Scotland’s spectacular mountains. Whether you are a complete newbie looking to scatch up your navigation skills, we can provide you with a tailored, unique and memorable experience. Contact Craig on 07738665418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CYCLING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING For those who wish to avail themselves of peddle power, cycles are available to hire from several centres including Fort William and Onich. Despite its famous hills and mountains the area offers the cyclist some of the finest routes available in Britain with off road cycling for all abilities. Beginners and the worlds best can test their skills on Britain’s longest downhill track at the Nevis Range ski area, a gondola carries you back to the top again, no walking needed!
For those who enjoy a more leisurely pace there are purpose built trails in Leanachan Forest taking in superb views of the Grey Corries and Ben Nevis.
For the more adventurous there are countless day routes and epic overnighters with twisty single track trails all around the area or try the Great Glen Cycle Route, a mixture of easy to moderate routes following the Caledonian Canal all the way to Inverness!!
For skiers and snow boarders the area offers resorts and facilities to rival those in Europe. There are three main centres, Cairngorm, Glencoe and Nevis Range. All three offer a wide range of facilities from beginners to experts. Equipment hire, tuition and guides are available and specialists can introduce you to a whole range of new winter sports, such as snowboarding, ice climbing or cross country skiing and telemarking for the hardy and brave.
The Nevis Range ski centre is at Aonach Mor, close to Ardvullin and is Scotland’s newest winter sports resort. Its famous gondola lift will not only give you access to the slopes but also to its Snow Goose Restaurant at 2000 feet. In good conditions, Glencoe boasts the longest vertical descent in Scotland with a maximum of 2400 feet. The chairlifts and centres are open all year providing access and services for summer walkers and visitors as well.
The Ice Factor in Kinlochleven has an indoor Ice Climbing Wall and offers sessions for beginners and experienced ice climbers. For those that prefer to avoid the cold, there is also an indoor rock climbing wall.
GOLF The area boasts over 40 golf courses, 18 and 9 holes, offering a unique blend of scenery and excellent golf.
Close to Ardvullin, Fort William has an 18 hole course and there are 9 hole courses at Resipol (8 miles West of Strontian), and Ballachulish.
The Traigh golf course at Arisaig was recently described as the most beautifully sited golf course in the world.
As one would expect, the area abounds with water activities. There is sailing, canoeing and windsurfing on many of the lochs and along the coastline. For example, Loch Linnhe, by Ardvullin, has windsurfing and sailing and there are safe anchorages at North Corran and North Ballachulish. There is canoeing on the River Etive, sailing on Loch Leven and water skiing on Loch Oich. Boat, equipment hire and tuition are widely available.
For those who are not feeling so energetic or if you are looking for an alternative to throwing yourself off mountains, the Highlands is steeped in history, culture and entertainment.
The drama of Highland history is well known, with its bloody clan battles, heroes, villains and romantic castles all set in magnificent scenery. These stories, fact and fiction may be discovered in the visitor centres, museums and exhibitions throughout the area.
From Highland games and sheepdog trials, concerts and ceilidhs to theatre productions and outdoor street entertainments there is always something to do and see.
When all else, or the weather, fails you can go shopping. There are numerous craft centres, galleries and antiques shops in the area, famous for its pottery, artwork, jewellery and designer wool and knitwear.
For the artist and photographer there is a wealth of beauty to capture, in the surrounding landscapes and in the large variety of flora and fauna, which inhabit it. The area has salt marshes, bog lands, moor land, dunes and sandy beaches. Rock pools, streams, rivers and woods all provide a haven for an enormous variety of plants and animals. There are birch, pine and oakwoods.
Close to Ardvullin is Ariundle, a National Nature Reserve. It is over 70 hectares of “atmospheric ancient mossy oakwood, of a kind once widespread along the Atlantic coast, with trees festooned with a luxuriant growth of mosses, ferns. Liverworts and lichens”-Scottish National Heritage.
FISHING The area has some of the most diverse fishing available in the Highlands. Most waters have daily and weekly permits available from local tackle shops.
The rivers Nevis, Spean, Garry and Oich are all salmon rivers within easy reach. Loch Lundavra, better known as the lair of the three witches in Macbeth has excellent Wild Brown Trout and free culture!! Many of the lochs and rivers have fine trout, salmon and pike fishing with boats and tuition available. In addition there is sea fishing in Loch Sunart where many British ray records are recorded. There is a fishing school at Kilchoan and angling guides are widely available from hotels, Tourist Info. Offices and estate offices.
WILDLIFE Red and Roe deer may be seen, especially in the winter months, also foxes, wildcats, badgers, stoats, weasels, otters and seals. Offshore, dolphins, whales and basking sharks may be spotted, with binoculars, during the summer months.
The elusive pine marten may also be seen in and around the oakwoods, some have been known to hibernate in Ardvullin’s loft!
Pipistrelles bats are also seasonal visitors to Ardvullin and are often seen around the roof areas at dusk.
For the birdwatcherthe glorious Golden Eagle and Red Kite always provide a stunning show especially in the area around Etive. Sparrow hawks, kestrels, buzzards, merlin and peregrine falcon are all established in the area.
By the coast and loch sides’ sea buzzards, swans, herons, cormorants, black-throated divers and ducks are just a few of the many varieties to be seen.
After all the fresh air and activity you will need to relax and refuel. A taste of “uisage beatha” (the water of life) or a meal using some of the local top quality produce prepared by top chefs will help to ease the pains of exertion. Nick Nairn and Lady Claire Macdonald are both from the area. The area is famous for a fantastic variety of produce, including cheeses, shellfish and fresh fish, venison, grouse, pheasant etc.
Visitors are welcome at the distilleries to observe, with due respect, how the famous Highland malt whiskies are produced, tasting is positively encouraged!!
The area around Ardvullin offers a huge range of activities in a wonderful setting to explore.
Amenity Type and Details
Belford Road, Fort William,PH33 6BS
Tel No. 01397 702481
Ardnamurchan Community Library (Ardnamurchan)
Internet access available to vistors
Ardnamurchan Community Library
Sunart Centre (Àrainn Shuaineirt)
Strontian Fuel Station and Village Store (Ardnamurchan)