Welcome to the Cromarty Firth
From the South
(Inverness, Dingwall and the Black Isle)
Continuing North on the A9, from the Ardullie roundabout, at the north end of the Cromarty Bridge, you will see a layby to your right where you may see the local seal colony and various sea birds, depending on tides and seasons. Continuing north, leave the A9 on to the B817, at the Evanton junction and you will come to the village of Evanton where there are several walks around the area.
Continuing through Evanton until you reach a T-junction, turn left and then first right to Alness, a past multi winner of both the Scotland and Britain in Bloom contests.
At the north end of Alness High Street you will see signs for Dalmore Distillery and Invergordon. Following the road to the right, you will come to a roundabout where you will take the second exit towards Invergordon, passing, or even visiting, Dalmore Distillery on the right. Continuing along the road past the Distillery you will come to Invergordon. See the other pages on this website for further information on the town.
Continuing through Invergordon you will pass through the villages of Saltburn and Barbaraville, with views to the right of the Cromarty Firth, the Black Isle and the two headlands known as the Sutors at the entrance to the Firth. Follow the road on to Kildary, where you can re-join the A9 or cross the A9 and turn left down an unclassified road until you get to a T-junction where you can turn right on to the B9175. This will take you to Nigg - the end of the road at the North Sutor. From here you can further explore the Seaboard Villages of Hilton, Balintore and Shandwick, by various routes, and on to Portmahomack, Inver and Tain, the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland. Alternatively, you can take the Cromarty Ferry (summer only ferry) over to Cromarty and the Black Isle and back to Inverness.
From the North
(Wick, Thurso and Tain)
Follow the A9 from Tain to the Nigg Roundabout where you can take the first exit and visit the villages of the Fearn peninsula mentioned above or take the second exit and continue to Kildary, where you will see signs for Invergordon. Turning left will take you through the villages of Kildary, Barbaraville and Saltburn and on to Invergordon, as described above, but in reverse.