Easter RossCromarty Firth and Cromarty Bridge
Easter Ross is the area North of Inverness that includes the Black Isle. Due to its excellent climate it is one of the most fertile agricultural areas in the Highlands - hence the quality barley that feeds some of the famous distilleries in the area - Dalmore, Glenmorangie and Balblair. It has many lovely coastal areas and charming coastal villages , including sandy beaches and rugged cliffs, The Black Isle Cromarty, Rosemarkie and Fortrose and Portmohomack to the east of Tain. Its unique history as the centre of the ancient Pictish Kingdom and home to some of Scotland's great art treasures - namely the Pictish cross-slabs of Nigg and Shandwick and other relics at Tarbert Discovery Centre in Portmohomack make it the perfect destination to visit.
Ross and Cromarty is mainly a rural area dominated by the Wesetern seaboard of the Moray Firth. It has great natural beauty although many of the views do include the amazing oil rigs parked outside of the Nigg oil rig manufacturing and repair yards. The identified beauty spots include Clanland and Seal Point, The Morangie Forest Walk, Nigg Bay Bird Reserve, Udale Bay, Belmaduthy Dam near Munlochy in the Black Isle and Talich, a large area of alder wood in Easter Ross. Other Beauty spots include: Millionaires View on the B9176 road that connects Alness to Ardgay over the hills - great views over the Dornoch Firth looking north and north east - the Fairy Glen near Rosemarkie - the South Sutor above Cromarty, where the remnants of WW1 and WW2 gun emplacements can be seen overlooking the Moray Firth - Chanonry Point near Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, a popular dolphin viewing area and Tarbert Ness Lighthouse near Portmohomack.
The Black Isle Brewery also well worth a visit, that includes a 20 minute tour of the organic brewery and a tasting session of the various beers. Any visit to Easter Ross should also include a visit to one of 3 whisky distilleries - Glenmorangie in Tain, being one of the better visitor centre experiences. The area of Tain also has some excellent small business products, ANTA for luxury products, Glasstorm for internationally-acclaimed glass products, Browns Art Gallery and Tain Pottery
The tourist attractions we have identified include Fearn Abbey, The Macdonald Tower near Dingwall, The Fyrish Monument near Alness and The Dingwall Town House Museum.