Easter Ross

With its seaboard villages, Easter Ross is full of history and romance

Plan your trip around one of Scotland's most beautiful coastal routes

North Coast 500: More than 500 miles of the best the North Highlands has to offer. The route runs to and from Inverness, venturing round the capital of the Highlands, up the West coast and back via the rugged north coast.

Explore Easter Ross

The Mermaid of the North

The Mermaid of the North sits on the shores of Balintore on the 'Black Rock' known as the 'Clach Dubh' in Gaelic.  Sitting at 10' tall, the mermaid is carefully placed so that locals can see when it is high tide as her tail becomes fully submerged.

The bronze sculpture is part of the area’s Seaboard Sculpture Trail, which includes several other sculptures related to the sea, such as giant salmon.
Why not pop by Baltinore and get a look of the mermaid yourself?

A booming oil industry, a fascinating Pictish past and true community spirit - what will you discover in Easter Ross?

Easter Ross sits on the east coast of the North Coast 500 and offers unparalleled views across the waters to Aberdeenshire which can be seen from the shores of Portmahomack, Milton and Cadboll.

Brimming with interesting towns and villages such as Alness, Invergordon and Tain and all offer a different take on Easter Ross life.

Discover Invergordon, where the booming oil industry and port have brought visitors to this area and there is no shortage of things to experience, like the nearby Dalmore Distillery which sits on the coast.
Venture around Alness, the largest town in the Easter Ross and also the regular winner of the 'Britain in Bloom' award.

Turn in to Tain to learn about Tain through Time at the local museum or perhaps pop in for a dram at the world-famous Glenmorangie distillery if you are staying the night?

The Fyrish Monument is calling your name! Stretch your legs and talk the scenic walk up to this interesting monument offering you views over Easter Ross.

There are plenty things to do in the Easter Ross area - what will you add to your itinerary?

Sheltered by the mountains to the west, Easter Ross presents a greener aspect to the Highlands on the rolling coastal lands overlooking the Cromarty Firth.

Here Malcolm Harrison of Explore Easter Ross, looks at 10 things you can do in Easter Ross this summer…

  1. Hike up the hill to Fyrish Monument for stunning views of the Cromarty Firth.
  2. Visit Hilton, Balintore and Shandwick for award winning beaches, quaint fishing harbours and the Mermaid of the North 
  3. Learn how whisky is made at the world famous Dalmore & Glenmorangie Visitor Centres. 
  4. Explore Tarbat Discovery Centre at Portmahomack, have your photo taken next to the Queen of the Picts … relax on the sandy beach with spectacular views towards Sutherland. 
  5. Walk around Invergordon Mural Trail and also view the huge oil rigs or luxury cruise liners berthed in the Cromarty Firth.
  6. Play Golf at Alness, Invergordon , Tain or Portmahomack.
  7. Follow the Pictish Trail and discover the ancient history of Easter Ross.
  8. Wander off the beaten track on hiking and cycle trails through highland forests & wilderness. 
  9. Alness Heritage & Geneology Centre for ever changing exhibitions and local history.
  10. The Royal Burgh of Tain & Tain Through Time visitor centre 
For more information on things to see and do in Easter Ross, check out www.exploreeasterross.co.uk

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Handy Information about your adventure


  • Easter Ross is situated along the east coast on the A9
  • Train lines flow through most of the towns via Inverness
  • Easter Ross is home to 3 malt whisky distilleries; Glenmorangie, Dalmore and Balblair
  • The Pictish Trail  flows through Easter Ross and brings together all of the carvings and marks left by the lost people.