|[Oil rigs in Cromarty Firth, seen from Dalmore Distillery]|
Seal hotspot, rickety old vehicle ferry, oil-rig storage zone, and a great (but not quite the best) place in Scotland for spotting dolphins. This is all part and parcel of the Cromarty Firth - a finger of tidal, sheltered water connecting the River Conon to the Moray Firth, named after a village at the wider end of the firth. Ancient and modern, manmade and natural seem to coexist happily here - seals basking on the rocks as A9 traffic trundles past; a distillery perched on the shore alongside Pictish standing stones.
|[Dingwall Museum / tollbooth]|
📌 Dalmore Distillery ★★★★☆
Description: Waterside distillery with distinctive stag's-head logo, dating back to 1839.
Location: B817 just south of Alness, G.R.: NH 666687 ///bottle.lads.refills
Open (2019): Currently closed until summer 2019. 2018 times were: Monday to Saturday, April to September; weekdays, October to March. Tours must be booked in advance.
Cost (2018): £8+ depending on tour type
📌 Dingwall ★☆☆☆☆
Description: The main town in the vicinity, at the inland end of the firth - with Viking connections and central museum.
Location (central car park): G.R.: NH 540589 ///panoramic.prominent.accent
>> Dingwall Museum (not yet featured)
📌 Foulis Point to Ardullie Point ★★☆☆☆
Description: Probably the number one seal haunt on the firth, and definitely the most accessible.
Location: Laybys on A9 north of bridge over the firth, G.R.: NH 590628 ///opposing.rocks.unfilled
>> Walk: Cromarty, coast & caves page: Walk ★★☆☆☆; Cromarty ★★☆☆☆; Cromarty Courthouse Museum ★★☆☆☆; Cromarty Ferry ★★★☆☆; High Miller's Birthplace Cottage & Museum ★★☆☆☆
|[Across the Cromarty Firth to Nigg, from the Cromarty ferry departure point (30/7/13)]|