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Things To Do

You really are spoilt for choice in terms of the variety of activities that are available in Easter Ross and the surrounding areas, a few of which are listed below:

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The area can boast of numerous high quality golf courses in the immediate vicinity from the championship links course at Royal Dornoch to the more gentle, but testing in its’ own way, 9 hole course at Tarbat. There is also the Tom Morris designed course at Tain known as “Old Tom’s Northern Jewel”. The hotel is able to offer residents discounted green fees at the Tain golf course. Here are just a few of the courses, which are within a few miles of the hotel:


There are numerous beaches in the immediate area some of which are “Blue Flag” and are ideal for strolls, beachcombing or picnics:

  • Shandwick Beach -  Easy parking (free) popular with surfers. Try the coastal walk from Nigg to Rockfield, approx 10 miles.
  • Portmahomack Beach – Easy parking with spectacular views across the Dornoch Firth.
  • Dornoch Beach – Easy parking next to the Royal Dornoch Golf Course again enjoying spectacular views across the Dornoch Firth.
  • Embo Beach – A few miles up the coast from Dornoch, again with easy free parking.


The many quiet roads in the area and the relatively flat geography make Easter Ross an ideal location for cycling. The Forestry Commission has created a substantial network of cycle tracks in the Highlands, many of which are suitable for the more discerning mountain bikers.


There are a number of popular distilleries in the immediate area and they are well worth a visit, providing you with a terrific introduction in to the process of whisky-making and an opportunity to sample some of the finest malts Scotland has to offer.

  • Glenmorangie – Just North of Tain on the A9
  • Dalmore – At Invergordon just off the A9
  • Tomatin – A few miles south of Inverness again on the main A9


  • Fearn Abbey – Steeped in history and a mere stones’ throw from the hotel
  • Anta Pottery – A mile down the road on the way to the Seaboard villages
  • Cromarty Pottery - handmade pottery in the Highlands Top Historic Town
  • Tarbat Discovery Centre – At Portmahomack on the famous “Pictish Trail”
  • Falls of Shin – 30 minute drive to see the famous Falls of Shin Salmon leap & Visitor Centre with Mr. Al Fayed’s Waxwork and some Harrods shopping to boot!
  • Dunrobin Castle and Gardens – Truly wonderful displays of paintings and furniture and of course the formal gardens, a few miles from Golspie on the main A9.
  • Hugh Miller Museum & Birthplace Cottage – Hugh Miler eminent geologist, writer and editor was born here in 1802.
  • Black Isle Brewery – On the Black Isle brewing some fine beer and well worth a visit.

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