The largest town in the county of Ross-Shire near the Cromarty Firth, renowned for its floral displays the town has won Britain in Bloom in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 & 2007 and Scotland in Bloom in 1997, 1998, 2000 & 2004, the town Centre Gardens have been created by local volunteers with the aid of various funding agencies, they are meticulously maintained and are a favourite attraction for many visitors.
Alness is just 20 miles north of Inverness, Invergordon is 3 miles to the east, and the village of Evanton 4 miles to the south west.
Alness is a thriving, bustling town, take a short detour off the A9, for a break on the long road north, or to stay a while to explore this region, full of history, visit the small free museum offering the history of the town, the port, and the navy, funded by donations, packed with interesting facts and social history, it's just off the High Street, well worth the visit, see how the rise and fall and rise again of a small port town.
The town is home to the Dalmore Malt Whisky Distillery and a good range of shops, accommodation and places to eat and drink to suit all pockets.
Here you will find good Hill Walking with the challenge of "Fyrish" a beautifully sculpted monument at the summit that was erected by Sir Hector Munro upon his return from India in 1785, he provided work for destitute local people following the Highland Clearances in this region with payment for the building of this structure, the monument on Fyrish is said to be a replica of the gates of Negapatam, an Indian stronghold he had captured from the Dutch on November 12th 1781.
At the bottom the car park leads to a walk, This is a 2 mile all uphill hike, very steep in places but mostly wooded trail although the pebble rocks in places are loose which makes walking up a little harder, despite that, the views are so worth it, stunning especially if you go on a sunny day, looking down over Alness and the Cromarty Firth to the east and over Ben Wyvis to the west.Take water and wear good shoes as it’s just as tricky coming down as up.
During the second world war, land nearby and the waters of the firth were used as a base for RAF sea planes and a large pier extending into the Cromarty Firth locally known as the Yankee Peer.
Duncansby Head place to visit Scottish Highlands
This is the most north-easterly part of the Scottish mainland, including the famous John O' Groats, Caithness, Highland. A single track road from John O' Groats emerges at the Duncansby head lighthouse at the north east point of the Scottish mainland with a sandstone cliff reaching 210 feet, here nature reveals itself at its most striking with every change in the season, geographically extraordinary location, it is well visited because of the view onto the Pentland strait and on clear days out to the Orkney Islands.
The Teaninich distillery is a whisky distillery in Alness.It was founded and built in 1817 by Hugh Munro on his estate of Teaninich Castle.Despite an initial difficulty of procuring barley whisky owing to a high demand from illegal distilleries, by 1830 Teaninich produced 30 times more spirit.In 2000 a hammer mill and mash filter was installed at Teaninich, the only one in operation in a Scottish malt distillery.The use of the technology, which removes the need for a mash tun, was to produce ultra-clear wort, and the fat stills adding a distinct oiliness to the texture while not blunting any of its penetrating acidity.Teaninich Whisky has a fragrant exotic grassiness that brings to mind Japanese green tea and coumarin-rich bison grass.Teaninich part of Diageo’s Flora & Fauna series with occasional releases from independent bottlers.