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Guidebook for Bonar Bridge

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Guidebook for Bonar Bridge

Drinks & Nightlife
They have live music sessions and a small traditional bar.
Invershin Hotel Bunkhouse & Bar
They have live music sessions and a small traditional bar.
This distillery makes a really great Whisky, pale, palatable, and in one of the nicest bottles I've seen so makes a great gift. The distillery was highlighted recently when it featured in the movie "The Angels Share".
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Balblair Distillery Co Ltd
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This distillery makes a really great Whisky, pale, palatable, and in one of the nicest bottles I've seen so makes a great gift. The distillery was highlighted recently when it featured in the movie "The Angels Share".
Arguably one of the most popular Whiskies ever. They have recently opened a seafood restaurant there too.
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Glenmorangie Distillery
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Arguably one of the most popular Whiskies ever. They have recently opened a seafood restaurant there too.
Food Scene
Good food made fresh to order by award winning chefs.
Crannag Bistro
Good food made fresh to order by award winning chefs.
Only at weekends, the rest of the time it is a great spot for coffe and cake or Lunch. Great food, great prices, and more awared winning chefs. You can even take a pedalo out on the loch with a picnic!
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The Pier
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Only at weekends, the rest of the time it is a great spot for coffe and cake or Lunch. Great food, great prices, and more awared winning chefs. You can even take a pedalo out on the loch with a picnic!
Firm favourite for over a decade it does great Italian Food. Dornoch is the prettiest medieval market town with an incredible beach and a Cathedral where Madonna had Rocco Christened. Great shopping too!
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Luigi's
1 Castle St
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Firm favourite for over a decade it does great Italian Food. Dornoch is the prettiest medieval market town with an incredible beach and a Cathedral where Madonna had Rocco Christened. Great shopping too!
Sightseeing
The jumping Salmon are awesome, but even if they aren't running it's a very beautiful spot.
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Falls Of Shin
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The jumping Salmon are awesome, but even if they aren't running it's a very beautiful spot.
Dornoch has many great eateries, a world famous Golf Course, miles of sandy beach, some fab shops, and a beautiful Cathedral. It is about the prettiest medieval market town I have ever seen in Scotland. The views from the dining room of the Royal Golf Hotel over the golf course and the Firth to the light house at Tarbatness are unforgettable.
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Dornoch
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Dornoch has many great eateries, a world famous Golf Course, miles of sandy beach, some fab shops, and a beautiful Cathedral. It is about the prettiest medieval market town I have ever seen in Scotland. The views from the dining room of the Royal Golf Hotel over the golf course and the Firth to the light house at Tarbatness are unforgettable.
The view from here is incredible at any time of day, but sunsets are breath taking. I won't describe it - just GO! You won't be disappointed.
Struie Hill Viewpoint
The view from here is incredible at any time of day, but sunsets are breath taking. I won't describe it - just GO! You won't be disappointed.
I believe it's one of the biggest if not THE biggest castles in Scotland. Very Baroque. I think it's best approached from the sea by kayak (go in at Golspie pier and it's a short paddle Northwards and there's a wee beach you can pull out and picnic on.), but if that's not your thing then go by car. There's incredible gardens and birds of prey displays. Inside are collections of stuffed animals and other very odd bits and pieces.
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Dunrobin Castle
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I believe it's one of the biggest if not THE biggest castles in Scotland. Very Baroque. I think it's best approached from the sea by kayak (go in at Golspie pier and it's a short paddle Northwards and there's a wee beach you can pull out and picnic on.), but if that's not your thing then go by car. There's incredible gardens and birds of prey displays. Inside are collections of stuffed animals and other very odd bits and pieces.
Parks & Nature
The now empty Castle in the woods at Carbisdale and the abandoned walled garden are quite something. The Castle was built by one of the Duchesses of Sutherland with a pay off from her husbands family. She didn't put a face on the clock tower facing the railway below. She said it was for when they were riding on the train as she "wouldn't give them the time of day" Sounds like quite a gal! There are lovely hiking and MTB trails, and they join onto the trails on the other side by a foot bridge along side the viaduct over the river. You can then go into Balblair wood and ride or walk the trails ( up to 14k on one route alone) until you come out a hidden wee path that is only a few hundred meters from the pod. Add in a refreshment break at the Invershin on your way between the two woods for the perfect day.
Carbisdale Wood
The now empty Castle in the woods at Carbisdale and the abandoned walled garden are quite something. The Castle was built by one of the Duchesses of Sutherland with a pay off from her husbands family. She didn't put a face on the clock tower facing the railway below. She said it was for when they were riding on the train as she "wouldn't give them the time of day" Sounds like quite a gal! There are lovely hiking and MTB trails, and they join onto the trails on the other side by a foot bridge along side the viaduct over the river. You can then go into Balblair wood and ride or walk the trails ( up to 14k on one route alone) until you come out a hidden wee path that is only a few hundred meters from the pod. Add in a refreshment break at the Invershin on your way between the two woods for the perfect day.
Surrounded by woods, beach, sports climbing and hiking the Loch has a lot to offer. Great for bird and seal watching whilst having a picnic.
Loch Fleet
Surrounded by woods, beach, sports climbing and hiking the Loch has a lot to offer. Great for bird and seal watching whilst having a picnic.
Twinned with something I can't spell in Hawaii, Embo beach joins onto Dornoch giving you roughly six miles of sandy beach.
Embo
Twinned with something I can't spell in Hawaii, Embo beach joins onto Dornoch giving you roughly six miles of sandy beach.
The Loch has good fishing, and Osprey can be seen hunting there when they come to nest. They nest near Loch Fleet. The main reason to go and see it though is because the windy crazy road (not gritted in winter so avoid it if it's icy) is so unkempt grass usually grows out of the middle of it!
Loch Buidhe, Bonar Bridge
The Loch has good fishing, and Osprey can be seen hunting there when they come to nest. They nest near Loch Fleet. The main reason to go and see it though is because the windy crazy road (not gritted in winter so avoid it if it's icy) is so unkempt grass usually grows out of the middle of it!
The view from the top over to Struie Hill and the Dornoch Firth is pretty impressive, but so is the trail through the Fairy Glen to Spinningdale, and it's only just better than the view from the Shingle beach at the end of the Loch. It's like a wee bit of Canada cut and pasted into Scotland, and if the winds right is great for a bit of idle paddling both in and out of a canoe. Great afternoon picnic spot amongst some amazing original Pine Wood that goes back over 400 years.
Loch Migdale
The view from the top over to Struie Hill and the Dornoch Firth is pretty impressive, but so is the trail through the Fairy Glen to Spinningdale, and it's only just better than the view from the Shingle beach at the end of the Loch. It's like a wee bit of Canada cut and pasted into Scotland, and if the winds right is great for a bit of idle paddling both in and out of a canoe. Great afternoon picnic spot amongst some amazing original Pine Wood that goes back over 400 years.
Arts & Culture
It's such a beautiful building.
Dornoch Cathedral
It's such a beautiful building.
Betwen Portmahomack and Balintore is a standing stone with a pictish Boar carved into it. In Balintore Fishermans Hall is a stone that the picts raised to commemorate 3 Danish Princes. Ties to the Vikings are strong in this area. There's also a great beach at Balintore.
Balintore
Betwen Portmahomack and Balintore is a standing stone with a pictish Boar carved into it. In Balintore Fishermans Hall is a stone that the picts raised to commemorate 3 Danish Princes. Ties to the Vikings are strong in this area. There's also a great beach at Balintore.
Shopping
Could literally have one of everything. It's sister store across the street in the old Jail is also a delight. The cafe in the courthouse is a good place to park unwilling spouses.
Country Interiors
Could literally have one of everything. It's sister store across the street in the old Jail is also a delight. The cafe in the courthouse is a good place to park unwilling spouses.
You can get most stuff in Bonar, but shops are closed by 8 so if you didn't get something on your way up through the Highlands Tain offers the best selection of outdoor stores and supermarkets for what you might have missed. It is also another quaint medieval market town.
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Tain
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You can get most stuff in Bonar, but shops are closed by 8 so if you didn't get something on your way up through the Highlands Tain offers the best selection of outdoor stores and supermarkets for what you might have missed. It is also another quaint medieval market town.
Entertainment & Activities
For fun we climb and there's over 30 sports climbing routes from 3-7 here. The walk in is quick but really beautiful. Parking on the A9 is good, and the views from the top of the routes over Loch Fleet and the railway are pretty special.
The Mound
For fun we climb and there's over 30 sports climbing routes from 3-7 here. The walk in is quick but really beautiful. Parking on the A9 is good, and the views from the top of the routes over Loch Fleet and the railway are pretty special.
For fun we kayak and Golspie Pier gives you good access to the sea and some lovely paddles and beaches. The club located next to the pier is very welcoming and would be happy for you to go join them on Tuesdays and weekends when they get together.
Golspie
For fun we kayak and Golspie Pier gives you good access to the sea and some lovely paddles and beaches. The club located next to the pier is very welcoming and would be happy for you to go join them on Tuesdays and weekends when they get together.