Monday, 15 July 2013

Monarch Country refers to the area of the Scottish Highlands featured in the BBC One drama series Monarch of the Glen. The filming locations were predominantly in Badenoch and Strathspey. Fans of the series refer to themselves as Boglies and to the area as Monarch Country.
Monarch of the Glen had many locations in the area, with the Ardverikie Estate, near the small village of Laggan, being the focal point. Ardverikie House, in the middle of the estate, doubled as the MacDonalds' residence - Glenbogle House (or The Big House) in the show. The estate also boasts the croft of the ghillie Golly MacKenzie and the local pub, the Ghillie's Rest. The entrance to the estate, Kinloch Laggan, was often seen in the show, as was the bridge that gives access from Kinloch Laggan to the actual Ardverikie Estate. Loch Laggan surrounds the estate, and its beach was used many a time in the show. Ardverikie opens its gardens on the last Sunday of May each year.
Laggan appeared as the village of Glenbogle, and was home to Glenbogle Primary School, the croft of its headmistress Katrina Finlay, and the village stores. The village of Newtonmore features the funeral directors, post office, and various other minor locations. Kingussie hosts the Glenbogle Town Hall, whilst Carrbridge has the Village Hall, and Broomhill Station in Strathspey doubles as the Glenbogle Station.



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