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Easter Ross

While not as dramatic or mountainous as Wester Ross, the eastern side of Ross-Shire has a wide variety of scenery – mountains, moors, forests, beaches and historical settlements. It also receives a sixth of the rainfall of Wester Ross.


Rogie Falls


    Impressive waterfalls on the Black Water river near Contin. A good choice to visit after heavy rainfall. The salmon ladder at the side of the falls is a good spot them especially in August and September The Falls are in the Torachilty Forest which has lots of walking and cycle trails.

A picturesque Victorian former spa resort a few miles west of Dingwall. It has a golf course which boasts the longest drop from tee to green in the country. There's nice walks to be had such as to Knockfarell (see below) or Loch Kinellan. The old Victorian Railway station has a number of shops, a tea room and the interesting Highland Museum of Childhood, open April to October.

Knockfarrel
Ben Wyvis

Our local “Munro”, visible for miles around and from the cottages too. In good weather it's a straightforward climb of about 9 miles round trip and 3200 feet of ascent from the Ben Wyvis Car Park on the A835. The Ben has snow much of the year and at 3432 feet it's an inhospitable and potentially dangerous place. That said, the view from the summit makes every ounce of effort to climb it worthwhile.


Ben Wyvis
Storehouse of Foulis

        Just across the Cromarty Bridge, the Storehouse of Foulis has a very popular restaurant (with locally sourced food), farm shop and local wildlife and history exhibitions. It's also a good place to see the resident population of Common Seals in the Firth, especially when they haul out at low tide.

Common Seal
Black Rock Gorge

        A short walk through woodland from the village of Evanton takes you to this “box canyon” gorge which is a few feet wide and 100 feet deep. A couple of footbridges over the gorge will test your head for heights! The location was where a scene was filmed for Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire.

Black Rock Gorge
Fyrish Monument

        Visible from the cottages on the rounded hill to the left of the Cromarty Bridge is this replica of the Gate of Negaptam in India. It was funded by local military hero Sir Hector Munro to commemorate his capture of the town in 1781. It's a 4 mile return trip with about 900 feet of climbing but the views over the Black Isle and taking in the full length of the Cromarty Firth are spectacular.

Fyrish Monument
Tain & The Glenmorangie Distillery

            Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain is well worth visiting as it's one of the best distillery tours there is. The admission is 5, you get the chance to sample the whisky and it can be used against any purchases made in the distillery shop. The nearby town of Tain has an interesting museum (Tain Through Time).

Strathconon

Hardly any tourists visit Strathconon yet it's one of the Highlands' most beautiful glens and teeming with wildlife.

In fact you'd be hard pressed NOT to see any Red Deer during a visit. Its tranquillity is undoubtedly due to there being no onward route at the end of the glen but is worth driving all the way down to Scardroy. Strathconon is at its best in autumn with the colours and the hills resounding to the rutting stags.

Strathconon


Tel: 01349 862031 Alcaig Cottages, Easter Lodge, Alcaig, Conon Bridge, Highland IV7 8HS Site by David Marsh