Alness is an ideal location to set up as a base due to having a great location for all the places close by.
So much to see and to do in this area.
The Village has a population of just over 6,000.
Alness is certainly one that has a great community spirit and has had for many years.
For most of the 1990s and early 2000s, Alness regularly entered and won flower competitions such as Scotland in Bloom, Britain in Bloom and others winning many of awards.
In 2018, the town was crowned the Scottish Champion at the 2018 Great British High Street Awards. The judges visited the shortlisted high streets across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, meeting local businesses, shoppers and community organizations, with Alness impressing with its reinvention over the years to become a place to find everything from florists and bridal wear to deli and bakeries.
This area has some of the best accommodation available and you are really spoilt for choice.
We say 3 days is ideal to explore this area of the East Coast. With places worth visiting from Hilltop Monuments to Whisky Distillers and beautiful coastline, this list is endless.
With our Maps you can find the right accommodation in this area, and you don’t have to stay ‘in’ Alness as you can easily change the itinerary to suit your base.
These itineraries are to be used as a guide and are designed to help you plan your days in Alness and the surrounding area. You can mix and match and change the days around so you can plan the best days ‘Out’ depending on the weather forecast
Like all our itineraries, they are a guide, most days you will have plenty free time, use it to go and check out the local area, virtually all accommodation providers can tell of great places to go to.
Alness is ideally situated just north of Inverness with the Black Isle just to the South, sitting close to the Cromarty Firth and with the Dornoch Firth further North.
To the East you have the Tarbat Ness peninsula, an area missed out by many who ‘just’ drive the NC500, but miss it at your peril as it has so many hidden gems well worth the effort exploring.
Alness and close by having fascinating places and too many to mention, but close by you have the extraordinary Fyrish Monument which is a monument built in 1782 on Fyrish Hill, in Fyrish in nearby Evanton, and further afield the wonderful Falls of Shin and its waterfall, where the salmon leap right in front of you.
A Day in Town
On your first day, we certainly recommend having a walk around the town centre and just taking in the local folk and the wee shops that they have.
They have a great local park Averon River Park which is great for walks and if you are a golfer there is a great Golf course waiting for you to swing your stuff.
Also in Town, they have not one but two distilleries with Dalmore Distillery well worth a visit.
And if your feeling energetic close to the town is Fyrish Monument where the views are simply stunning looking down over Alness and the Cromarty Firth to the east and over Ben Wyvis to the west.
Only for those who are well-used to walking as it can be quite a trek and best reached by car as it is just a few miles from the Town centre.
A Day to Remember
One advantage of basing yourself in or near Alness is the places to see and visit are nigh on endless. There really is so much to reach from this one place.
We recommend a drive on this day, North for about an hour at the Most along the A9 to Dunrobin Castle.
This for years has been the No1 attraction North of Inverness and when you visit you will see why.
If you do you will love it. Situated just as you leave Golspie (Check our Map) there is a small Car Park.
Here it will take you to a real Hidden Gem that not many that travel the Highlands are aware of. With a spectacular short walk up a gorge criss crossed by footbridges, you reach a cascading waterfall. This is well worth the effort.
Your man aim of the day is to reach Dunrobin which is a stately home, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. As you drive the A9 you will not be able to miss the Wee Manie statue that stands on top of Ben Bhraggie.
The Castle and the Statue all are connected, sadly people today still want it removed from the Hilltop. Check out this link to find out more, and find out why Ben Bhraggie is still a big topic of local conversation. Click Here
A visit to the Castle is really a must with it being the Top attraction North of Inverness.
With its stunning Gardens and the History behind the Castle, there is plenty to see and do and expect to spend quite a few hours here. With a museum and Falconry displays, there is something for all the family.
Dunrobin Castle is open annually from 1st April to 31st October. All Times and Prices can be found here
The Castle being such an old historic building, there are a number of areas where access is not possible for visitors using a wheelchair or with limited mobility.
Dunrobin Castle Routes
The journey continues to Lairg a great wee village sitting on the shore of the beautiful Loch Shin. And if you wish you can visit The Wee Hoose of Jock Broon.
Heading back you eventually reach back to the A9 and see Loch Fleet which is a large RSPB nature reserve.
And you can’t just Pass Dornoch, you must visit, it really is a fabulous place.
Once over the Dornoch Firth Bridge, you have Glenmorangie Distillery and if you haven’t visited one, then make it this one.
From here you venture into the Tarbat Ness Penninsula, to us one of the best areas on the entire East coast.
Tarbat Ness has a great walk for that who feel energetic enough to experience this area from its Coast.
It is an excellent coastal circuit of the Tarbat Ness headland, passing the lighthouse and linking two former fishing villages. There are good views throughout and the opportunity to spot seabirds, dolphins and seals to name just a few of the terrific wildlife available in this area.
Other places worth a visit are the Tarbat Discovery Center, Mermaid of the North, the Hilton of Cadbol Stone to name just a few. We have a Map and included most places to visit but there will always be others so ensure you do your homework first.
Alness is a great place to use as a base, but there is plenty of accommodation close by,.
Like all our itineraries feel free to use them how you like, they are intended as a guide and hopefully, the information provided will help you plan your trip and make it unforgettable.