|[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.
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)]|