Gun Lodge HotelHigh Street
The Gun Lodge Hotel is situated at the Northern end of Ardersier on the way to Fort George at the base of the mount behind called Cromal Hill.
Built in 1769 as a home and stables for high ranking officers at the nearby Fort George it was still in use during WW I and II and was also a hospital for a time but fell into disrepair during the 50's and 60's before being reopened as the Gun Lodge.
Apparently the ghost of a broken hearted war mistress is still in residence!
Sheena, with her son Douglas, started taking real ale in May 2013 which was joined by a second hand pump, much to the delight of many of the regulars who have taken to "real ale".
Although not tied house, Belhaven is always available, with a guest from Cromarty, Cairngorm, Spey Valley, or one of the other local micros.
A Folk music weekend in aid of charity has become an annual event.
Other than real ale, there is a good selection of whiskies available, but careful how you settle into the comfy sofas by the open fire, you may not want to get up!
Ideally located for Fort George (Historic Scotland) a mile down the road with it military museum which is still an active garrison for the modern day Army. Also close is Culloden battlefield (NTS) with its award winning exhibition.
Although 3.5 miles away from the Inverness (Dalcross) Airport, it is not on the flight path and very quiet, so very handy for that early morning flight.
If the tide is right, you can watch the Moray Firth dolphins from the local beach or from Fort George.
The menu includes haggis which apparently is "free range" (see picture) and the children,s menu shows how to catch one! (apparently a net is best)
Note, * this is an old building, so disabled access may be difficult. * although not "dog unfriendly" you should ask before bringing your dog into the pub.