Whether you’re into castles, archaeology, museums and galleries, parks and gardens, distillery tours, historic attractions or a little bit of retail therapy, you’ll find a variety of places to visit - whatever your interest.
Tain and the northern Highlands feature attractions that fall into all of the above categories. The grand houses of Dunrobin Castle and the Castle of Mey both have impressive gardens for visitors to explore. At Dunrobin, you can also see falconry demonstrations on the castle lawn featuring golden eagles and peregrine falcons, both resident birds in the Scottish Highlands.
Visit the Seaboard villages as part of the Pictish Trail and discover the mysterious and beautiful carved stones made by the Pictish people who lived in the area from 3rd to 9th centuries AD. The Tarbat Discovery Centre in Portmahomack, housed in the refurbished Old Parish Church, is the site of the only Pictish monastic settlement excavated in Scotland to date. The Centre displays many of the artefacts uncovered during the extensive archaeological investigations of the site along with local exhibitions, parish records, photographic archives and more.
Learn about Tain through Time at the local museum and discover how whisky is made at the Glenmorangie, Balblair and Dalmore distilleries.... In fact, the area is full of interesting towns and villages, all offering a different take on life past and present.
And if you're looking for something to take back as a memento of your visit, something that reflects the artistic and cultural heritage of the area, there are a variety of galleries, studios and craft shops for you to visit, including Tain pottery, Anta in Fearn and Glasstorm - to name but a few.