Cromarty Firth

[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 tollbooth]

Name: 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 (2017): Monday to Saturday, April to September; weekdays, October to March
Cost (2017): £8+ depending on tour type - must be booked in advance

Name: 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

Name: Dingwall Museum (not yet visited)

Name: 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

>> see Walk: Cromarty, coast & caves post for 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 (July 2013)]

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