Easter Ross & Black Isle: The Complete Guide

Easter Ross is full of history and romance – an area blessed with a fabulous pictish past, unsurpassed views from the Fyrish monument and seals basking along the shoreline.

You could easily spend a few days visiting the fascinating seaboard villages, following the Pictish Trail and drinking in the scenery whilst sipping a glass of the local Glenmorangie whisky.

The area contains a little over 4000 dwellings which are home to just over 9000 residents. The majority of the Easter Ross population lives in the three towns of Alness, Invergordon and Tain which are all located along the A9 corridor between the Cromarty Bridge and the Dornoch Bridge.

Visiting Easter Ross & Black Isle for the first time and wondering what are the top places to see in the city? In this complete guide, I share the best things to do in Easter Ross & Black Isle on the first visit. Top help you plan your trip, I have also included an interactive map and practical tips for visiting!

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18 Best places to See in Easter Ross & Black Isle

This complete guide to Easter Ross & Black Isle not only tells you about the very best sights and tourist attractions for first-time visitors to the city but also provide insights into a few of our personal favorite things to do.

This is a practical guide to visiting the best places to see in Easter Ross & Black Isle and is filled with tips and info that should answer all your questions!

Fortrose Cathedral

Fortrose Cathedral
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Fortrose Cathedral is thought to have been first built in the early 13th century and was the seat of the medieval Scottish diocese of Ross until the Reformation. It was extended and altered in the 14th and 15th centuries, but largely demolished on Cromwell’s orders in the 17th century. Today only the chapter house and […]
Visiting Fortrose Cathedral

Fairy Glen Falls

Waterfall In Fairy Glen
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In a hidden glen, not far from Inverness, this small and steep-sided reserve is a magical broadleaf woodland. Follow the winding footpath to discover beautiful waterfalls, while keeping an eye out for buzzards circling overhead or a grey heron stalking fish along the glittering stream. There is a carpark with 10 spaces. There are public […]
| Website | Distance: 6.50km
Visiting Fairy Glen Falls

Chanonry Point

Chanonry Point
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The Moray Firth is home to around 200 bottlenose dolphins, the most northerly population in the world. Chanonry Point is famous as the one of best places in Europe for seeing these marine mammals. The best time to look for them is on a rising tide when the dolphins play and feed on the fish […]
Visiting Chanonry Point

Udale Bay

This peaceful intertidal bay on the Black Isle is winter home to thousands of waders, ducks and geese. In the autumn, great flocks of migrating widgeon – as many as 5000 at a time – gather in the bay to feed on abundant eelgrass. Ospreys are frequently seen during the summer, fishing in the bay. […]
Visiting Udale Bay


© Peter Reynolds
Dingwall is a town and a royal burgh in the Highland council area of Scotland. It has a population of 5,491. It was an east-coast harbour that now lies inland. Dingwall Castle was once the biggest castle north of Stirling. On the town’s present-day outskirts lies Tulloch Castle, parts of which may date back to […]
Visiting Dingwall

Fyrish Monument

Fyrish Monument Snow
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The Fyrish Monument is a monument built in 1782 on Fyrish Hill, in Fyrish in Evanton, near Alness, Easter Ross, Scotland, on the orders of Sir Hector Munro, 8th of Novar, a native lord of the area who had served in India as a general. As the local population were being cleared off the land […]
Visiting Fyrish Monument

Tollie Red Kites RSPB Visitor Centre

Tollie Red Kite Feeding Centre
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With stunning views across Easter Ross to Ben Wyvis, Tollie Red Kites visitor centre provides a magnificent opportunity to watch Scotland’s most graceful bird of prey, especially during feeding time. Red kites were re-introduced to the north of Scotland in the early 1990s, after an absence of more than 100 years. Volunteers feed the birds […]
| Hours: Visitor centre open from 9am-5pm; access to outdoor viewing screens at all times; Feeding times: daily at 2.30pm in summer and 1.30pm in winter (Feeding times change when the clocks change). | Distance: 15.90km
Visiting Tollie Red Kites RSPB Visitor Centre

Hugh Millers Cottage, Cromarty

Hugh Millers Cottage
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Fossil hunter, folklorist, man of faith, stonemason, geologist, editor, writer and social justice campaigner – Hugh Miller was one of the great Scots of the 19th century. The museum interpreting his life and work is located in the Georgian ‘Miller House’ in Church Street. Hugh Miller rose from humble beginnings in Cromarty as a journeyman […]
| Hours: Open daily 12-5pm April - September; Saturday-Monday in October | Distance: 16.50km
Visiting Hugh Millers Cottage, Cromarty

South Sutor walk

This varied and signposted walk from the historic town of Cromarty offers plenty of interest. The path climbs through woodland to the South Sutor viewpoint with fine views over the Cromarty Firth, one of the deepest harbours in Europe. In spring, the wooded hillside is carpeted with spring flowers and resounds with bird song. Near […]
Visiting South Sutor walk

Nigg Old Church & Pictish Stone

This lovely old church houses what has been described as ‘the supreme masterpiece of Pictish art’ – an intricately-carved, eighth century cross slab. The stone is carved with Pictish symbols and Christian imagery and is one of a series of large and spectacular Christian monuments that bound the Tarbat peninsula, centring on what was a […]
Location: Nigg Stone Nigg Tain IV19 1QR United Kingdom | Hours: Church open 10am-5pm, April - October. | Distance: 20.70km
Visiting Nigg Old Church & Pictish Stone

Nigg Bay Nature Reserve

Nigg Bay, on the Cromarty Firth, is one of the country’s major stop-over points for migratory birds travelling between their breeding and wintering grounds. Visit the viewing hide any time between October and March and you’re likely to see countless wading birds and waterfowl, such as bartailed godwits, knot, geese and widgeon on the mudflats, […]
| Hours: RSPB Nigg Bay Tain IV19 1PG United Kingdom | Distance: 21.90km
Visiting Nigg Bay Nature Reserve

Rogie Falls

Rogie Falls
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The impressive Rogie Falls on the Blackwater River are surrounded by mixed woodland with some lovely short walking trails. The woodland is home to pine martens and red squirrels and is a good place to enjoy the scents and sounds of the forest and, as you get closer, the river. The falls are best viewed […]
Visiting Rogie Falls

Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve

An Cabar Cairn On Ben Wyvis
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A constant brooding presence on the skyline, the mountain of Ben Wyvis – at the gateway to the Wester Ross Biosphere – dominates the local area and is affectionately called ‘The Ben’. Stand on the summit and you’ll feel like you’re on the roof of the world, with spectacular views in all directions. The mossy […]
Visiting Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve

Ledmore and Migdale Wood

This beautiful spot offers an enriching and magical experience to visitors looking for fantastic walks and a vast array of wildlife. The ancient Ledmore oak wood and the spectacular Migdale pinewood sit in a rugged landscape of rocky crags, bog and heather moorland. The river tumbling through the glen from Loch Migdale brings tranquillity to […]
Location: Ledmore & Migdale Ardgay IV24 3AE United Kingdom | Distance: 35.10km
Visiting Ledmore and Migdale Wood

Embo beach

This broad beach of golden sand stretches from the attractive former fishing village of Embo to the mouth of the River Fleet, and its whole length is flanked by high sand dunes. Fine yellow sand and crystal clear water make this an ideal beach for a visit with the family or a long romantic stroll. […]
Location: Embo Beach(Embo Sands/Coul Links) Dornoch United Kingdom | Distance: 40.10km
Visiting Embo beach

Tarbat Ness Lighthouse

Tarbat Ness Lighthouse
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The Tarbat Ness Lighthouse is located at the North West tip of the Tarbat Ness peninsula near the fishing village of Portmahomack on the east coast of Scotland. The Tarbat Ness Lighthouse is located at the North West tip of the Tarbat Ness peninsula near the fishing village of Portmahomack on the east coast of […]
Location: Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, Tain, UK | Distance: 42.00km
Visiting Tarbat Ness Lighthouse

Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve

Upper Loch Fleet
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The estuary, coastline and spectacular pine woodland at Loch Fleet is a great place to see wildlife, whatever the season or time of day. Fast-flowing currents empty the tidal basin of water on every tide leaving sandbanks exposed. Here you can spot seals and their pups hauled out on the banks or when the tide […]
Visiting Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve

Brora to Golspie Coastal Walk and Carn Liath Broch

Scotland Carn Liath Broch 3
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Seals, seabirds, an Iron Age broch and Dunrobin Castle are among the attractions of this lovely coastal walk between the villages of Brora and Golspie. From the attractive harbour and fishing village at the mouth of the River Brora, the route is signposted along the shore, passing a Cold War listening station and historic salt […]
Visiting Brora to Golspie Coastal Walk and Carn Liath Broch

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