Something about the area
The land of Easter Ross is the Highland area between the Beauly Firth and the Dornoch Firth with Ben Wyvis (3433 ft) as its focal point on the North/Western boundary.
Easter Ross is enclosed by this mountain and the hills to the West and North and is thereby protected from Northern and Atlantic gales. So favoured is Easter Ross by the climate that this area has one of the lowest rainfall averages in Britain (27 inches). To put this in prospective: Perth has an average of 53 inches of rainfall a year; Fort William 70 inches and the driest part of Skye 70 inches! Because of this, although Easter Ross is only a third of the whole of Ross-shire, it provides 75% of its agricultural produce.
The centre of local government in Easter Ross is DINGWALL founded by the Vikings in the eleventh century. Its name meaning: the place of parliament. Other historical towns in Easter Ross are TAIN (the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland 1066 AD) which is the town of the clan Ross; the home of St Duthus and of Glenmorangie whisky. Glenmorangie STRATHPEFFER, Scotland's most northerly spa, with beautiful Victorian Houses and (big) hotels and INVERGORDON which used to house the naval fleet in its natural deep waters.
In the early 1960's the largest distillery in Europe (Invergordon Distillery) for grain whisky was opened. Easter Ross is an area of striking contrasts between the elemental wildness of the mountains that dominate the hinterland and the tamed land of the coast and glens, green with pasture, crops and cultivated forests.
Mankind has found this a desirable place to live since before the beginning of written history. We hope you will find this a desirable place to spend your holidays, to use it as a base for your travels through the North of Scotland and ......... to come back to again and again.