Things to see in Tain

Glenmorangie Distillery

The Men of Tain have crafted our spirit in the same unhurried, uncompromising way since 1843. They invite you to explore each step of their whisky making at first hand – and to understand why our award-winning single malt is so wonderfully complex and so enticingly smooth.

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GLASSTORM

GLASSTORM is now firmly established as one of Britain’s most exciting and vibrant hot glass studios. This creative team has developed a reputation for being experts and pioneers in the niche field of luxury glass products.

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Tain Pottery

The Tain Pottery, now firmly established as one of the largest Scottish ceramic manufacturers offers this range of products created by traditional craft technique and skill.

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Tain Through Time

Tain & District Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of objects, photographs and archives of local, regional and national significance.

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Things to see in Portmahomack

Portmahomack Fountain and Well

Portmahomack features a fine cast iron fountain by the harbour (dated 1877) which commemorates, in Gaelic and English, the introduction of ‘gravitation water’ (piped water) to the village.

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Portmahomack Beach and Harbour

Portmahomack has a small harbour and a broad, sandy blue-flag beach, edged at low water with rock pools and with natural barriers at both ends.

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Tarbat Ness Lighthouse

Although the loss of sixteen vessels in the Moray Firth storm in November 1826 brought many applications for lights on Tarbat Ness or Covesea Skerries, it was the former location that was given priority.

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Tarbat Discovery Centre

The Tarbat Discovery Centre is a museum, as well as a learning and activity centre, dedicated to displaying and preserving the heritage of the intensely historic Tarbat peninsula.

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Things to see on the Fearn Peninsula

Pictish Stones

The cross-slab stones at Balintore, Hilton and Nigg form part of the Pictish Trail which stretches from Inverness to Golspie in Sutherland.

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Nigg Old Church

The beautiful Nigg Old Church (main picture above) can trace its origins back to 1296 when the parson, John of Dunbretan, swore loyalty to King Edward of England.

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Fearn Abbey

Located just east of the Hill of Fearn and two miles north west of the coastal village of Balintore, Fearn Abbey, on first sight, is an ordinary rectangular parish church. The reality is a much more complex story dating back almost 800 years.

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Anta

Visit the Highland pottery and textiles shop of the Scottish interiors and lifestyle company ANTA in Fearn where many of its products are made.

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Things to see in Dornoch

Historylinks Museum

One of the very few 5 star museums in Scotland, HistoryLinks is a local history museum dedicated to the history of Dornoch parish.

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Dornoch Beach

Dornoch beach is a beautiful expanse of golden sand located on the tranquil Dornoch Firth.

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The Jail

In the heart of Dornoch is the county of Sutherland’s 19th century jail.

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Dornoch Cathedral

Dornoch Cathedral was built by Gilbert de Moravia, a relation of the Earls of Moray and the first Earl of Sutherland.

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Things to see further afield

Timespan

Since its establishment in Helmsdale in1986, Timespan has developed from a small local heritage centre to an award-winning museum and the only public contemporary art gallery in Sutherland.

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Castle and Gardens of Mey

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother first saw what was then Barrogill Castle in 1952, while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI.

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Balblair Distillery

Balblair distillery can be found in Edderton, a small village just a short drive north of Tain.

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Dunrobin Castle

The Castle, which resembles a French château with its towering conical spires, has seen the architectural influences of Sir Charles Barry, who designed London’s Houses of Parliament, and Scotland’s own Sir Robert Lorimer.

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