From 2000 to 2005, Monarch of the Glen was a hit TV series. The BBC drama focused on a young restaurateur who came back to his childhood home in the Scottish Highlands to restore the home and subsequently modernise the estate. Monarch of the Glen ran for seven series with 64 episodes in total. The home in the series is described as Glenbogle Castle. While Glenbogle Castle was fictional, the series was filmed at Ardverikie House in Kinloch Laggan and near Crubenbeg Country House.
Ardverikie House is a stunning example of 19th Century Scottish architecture. The land belonged to Clan Macpherson, their chief at the time, Ewen Macpherson then leased the land in 1844 to the Marquess of Abercorn. Over time, the listed building played host to many famous faces including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who spend three weeks at Ardverikie in 1847.
It is not just Monarch of the Glen that filmed scenes here. However, it was certainly most prominent throughout the TV series. The Ardverikie House has been used as a filming location for Outlander and The Crown, where it is used to stand in for the Balmoral Estate. The estate has also been used for films such as Salmon Fishing In Yemen and Mrs Brown.
Visiting Ardverikie House
The estate where Monarch of the Glen was filmed is private. However, visitors can access the grounds for the Scotland Garden Scheme. This means the estate is open for one day of the year and is best to plan ahead. For many visitors, the outside of the castle is spectacular enough, and it is possible to see, without stepping inside of the estate.
Ardverikie House can be seen clearly on the A86 road from Newtonmore to Spean Bridge, just a short drive away from Crubenbeg Country House.