From your hotel/pickup point we head north over the impressive Kessock Bridge and into Sutherland via ‘Millionaire’s View’ over Bonar Bridge and the Dornoch Firth to our first stop at:
The Falls of Shin is an impressive falls which is a primary route for salmon to reach their breeding grounds further up river. Sometimes, if you are lucky enough salmon can be seen leaping the falls as they make their way home during the Autumn months. There is also a chance to visit the visitor centre, shop and cafe before moving on to Dunrobin Castle in Golspie.
From Falls of Shin we travel through the beautiful countryside of Sutherland to Dunrobin Castle, seat of the Earl of Sutherland. The castle dates from medieval times but most of what is visible today dates from Victorian times. The falconry displays in particular are spectacular. And if you are a fan of ghost stories be sure to find out about the daughter of the 14th Earl of Sutherland, who is supposed to roam the halls of the castle! We then take a brief visit northwards to the ancient ruins of Carn Liath.
Is a unique ancient Broch – a fortified house of peculiar construction. In essence a sophisticated type of Iron Age settlement accompanied by the rare survival of an associated village and earthworks. We then head south again for some refreshment in Tain, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, one of Scotland’s most famous brands, with the option of a tour if you wish; as well as maybe tasting a wee dram or two!
Suitably refreshed we continue onto the peninsular of the Black Isle, visiting the fishing village of Cromarty (famous for its inclusion in the Shipping Forecast!) and then southwards to Fortrose where we visit the cathedral, in ruins but impressive nonetheless; there are also great views out across the Moray Firth towards Fort George and the possibility of spotting a regular gathering of bottlenose dolphins at Chanonry Point. Finally from Fortrose we continue along the Moray Firth coastline past Avoch (pronounced ‘Och’!) and back over the Kessock Bridge to your hotel/drop-off point.