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View over Arnisdale.jpg
Looking over on Arnisdale and Loch Hourn
Arnisdale is located in Ross and Cromarty
Location within the Ross and Cromarty area
OS grid referenceNG8410
Council area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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57°08′N 5°34′W / 57.13°N 05.57°W / 57.13; -05.57Coordinates: 57°08′N 5°34′W / 57.13°N 05.57°W / 57.13; -05.57

Arnisdale (Scottish Gaelic: Àrnasdal) is a hamlet in the historic county of Inverness-shire in the local authority area of Highlands of Scotland.[1] It lies on the north shore of Loch Hourn, around 10 miles (16 kilometres) down a single-track road from Glenelg. It has a permanent population of around 30 and several holiday cottages. At the end of the village is a large white-painted hunting lodge called Arnisdale House, built by architects Robert John Macbeth & Alexander Ross in 1898-1916.[2][3][4][5] The house was built for Valentine Fleming of the banking family (father of the writer and explorer Peter Fleming and of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond), who was killed in action in World War I, a year after the house was completed.

Arnisdale and Corran from Beinn Sgritheall
Arnisdale House

Arnisdale is in the Highland Council area.


The village is most famous as the closest settlement to Camusfeàrna, the house in which Gavin Maxwell wrote the auto-biographical story of his secluded life with his pet otters, Ring of Bright Water. Terry Nutkins (1946 – 2012) the naturalist, television presenter and author, who had in his boyhood been one of Maxwell's otter keepers, lived at the end of his life near the village.

It was also the departure point during the summer months for the ferry to the Barrisdale on Knoydart, across Loch Hourn, until the ferry stopped operating in 2011. Walkers often come to Arnisdale to climb Beinn Sgritheall.

2012 Badger Incident[edit]

On the 31 October 2012, it was reported that group of badgers living under Arnisdale Free Church were responsible for digging up the ground around the graves in the 130-year-old burial ground in the centre of the village. No human remains were thought to have been disturbed.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Microsoft; Nokia (23 March 2017). "Arnisdale" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  2. ^ [1] Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1989). Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 523. ISBN 9780806312552.
  4. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Arnisdale House (105119)". Canmore. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Dictionary of Scottish Architects - DSA Building/Design Report (October 3, 2019, 5:02 pm)". Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Badgers dig up 130-year-old Highland cemetery". 31 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2013.

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