Tarbat Ness Coastal Walk

Tarbat Ness Coastal Walk

Airts & Pairts - Tours & Experiences in the Scottish Highlands

Available to 31 December 2022

Two Firths, One Lighthouse & Lots of Fresh Air

The Tarbat Peninsula juts out northeast into the North Sea and divides the Dornoch and Moray Firths. It is an absolutely lovely area and the perfect location for a quiet day out.

During the time of the enigmatic Picts, the area was an important centre of activity and if you want to start your hike with an insight into the area's past, we may be able to arrange a visit at the Tarbat Discovery Centre in Portmahomack. Portmahomack is a picturesque fishing village. In its heyday, the harbour, built by Thomas Telford and completed in 1816, was the home of a fleet of over 100 fishing boats. Our walk takes us along the harbour and two fine 18th century warehouses to the grassy shore from where we can enjoy superb views of the Sutherland hills.

We continue along the shore until we reach the northernmost point of our walk, Tarbat Ness Lighthouse. Scotland's third-tallest lighthouse is dramatically yet idyllically located and according to local folklore, its site was used as a meeting place for witches covens. Indeed, not one rowan tree in sight! But a species-rich maritime heath with salt-tolerant species such as crowberry, heather and thrift. It is a great spot to watch seabirds and if we are lucky, we may even spot some dolphins.

We enjoy our picnic and then continue our circular walk, breathing in the fresh sea air and passing flocks of sheep and Ballone Castle before we reach the tiny village of Rockfield from where we return to Portmahomack.

Duration 6 hours

Highlights - Portmahomack - Tarbat Ness Lighthouse - Dornoch & Moray Firths - Ballone Castle - Lovely views & loads of wildlife

Included - Private Bubble Tour for up to 6 people - Professional Guide

Not Included - Meals / Packed Lunch - Admission to Visitor Attractions

Portmahomack,
Highland IV20 1YD
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