Hello all – recently converted American fan here. I live in the state of Virginia and saw my first episode on WETA UK. I was instantly smitten with the show and start every day with an episode. I’ve recorded 50 episodes so far on my DVR and I’m hoping to get them all eventually. My spouse thinks I’ve gone a bit nuts as I’ve seen all 50 at least three times. I’m overjoyed to find this forum of committed fans. My question is for anyone who lives near Adverkie estate or that general area, or has frequently visited: What’s it really like to live in that part of Scotland? The show makes it seem like paradise and I’m endlessly awed by the extraordinary beauty of the landscape. I hear the midges are bad - The only negative I can find if true. Thanks!
Hello Fellow American, and welcome to the Monarch Club!
I sure wish they would reboot or continue this series, it's one of my favorites. I've also watched it a number of times. In fact I loved it so much I moved to Scotland! Unfortunately not to the Laggan - Adverikie estate area, but we did drive through there a few times. (we ended up on the South Ayrshire coast for the practicality aspect) The weather in Laggan is classic Scottish, wet and rainy a lot of the time, then stunningly beautiful clear and partly cloudy, about 55 degrees in the spring/summer. Heavy forests along the road, and rolling hills. When you watch the show, you can sometimes see the actors are standing out in the rain with no jackets or hats, pretending it's dry... the area is a lot of Farmland for coos and sheep, also gorgeous pheasants walking around the fields and roads. It snows in the winter, sometimes fairly heavily. There's no natural gas piped into that area, so heating is more expensive, using heating oil or bottled gas. Property in the Highlands is suprisingly expensive considering how far out the place is.
If you can visit - check out the Laggan Stores lagganstores.co.uk/ which featured in the show and also get a room at the Glen Hotel in Newtonmore, many of the town scenes were shot just outside of the Glen Hotel.
The midges are apparently so bad that Queen Victoria decided against purchasing the Adverikie Estate for that sole reason. On the behind the scenes documentary, you can see the camera people and crew members wearing head nets, while the poor actors are standing there getting eaten alive.
Tesco Supermarket delivers to the area so groceries aren't too much of an issue these days.
I'd still love to live there, and would jump at the chance. Maybe in the future!