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Alness

  • 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 Postcode IV17
    • Alness Geolocation Latitude 57.6960 Longitude -4.2551
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    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.

  • The Dalmore is a Northern Highland malt whisky with its distillery in the Highlands of Scotland on the shores of the Cromarty Firth and positioned opposite the Black Isle, located in Alness, which is 20 miles north of Inverness.

    In 1263 the ancestor of Clan Mackenzie saved King Alexander III from being gored by a stag with a single arrow, the grateful King granted him the right to bear a stag’s head in his coat of arms, with the motto ‘Help the King’.

    Dalmore Distillery was long owned by the Mackenzie family, and every bottle of The Dalmore is adorned with this noble emblem: a stag’s head, with twelve points to its antlers, signifying a ‘royal’.

    Dalmore’s stills are the oldest in the Highlands, one of them dates from as far back as 1874, the resulting liquid forms an exceptional balance of fresh fruit flavours from the original spirit, sweet vanilla and coconut character from American oak bourbon barrels complexed with aromatic spices and dried fruit richness from the European red oak sherry butts.

    • Dalmore Distillery Postcode IV17 0UT
    • Dalmore Distillery Geolocation Latitude 57.6892° N Longitude -4.2394° W
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  • Duncansby Head place to visit Scottish Highlands, if your going to visit Duncansby Head check out the holiday accommodation in John O'Groats and throughout the Wick area.

    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.

    • Duncansby Head Latitude 58.64404° N° Longitude -3.02512° E
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  • A trio of archways flanked by an uneven set of imposing stone pillars on the slopes of Easter Ross, walkers travelling along the A9 in Fyrish near Alness, Easter Ross, will be keen to visit the prominent, strange monument on top of the hills north of the road with extremely fine views on this straightforward climb through woodland to the Fyrish Monument a monument built in 1782 on Fyrish Hill.

     The monument was commissioned by Sir Hector Munro 8th of Novar, a Scottish soldier who had accrued wealth through two stints of high-ranking military service.

    • Fyrish Monument Geolocation Latitude 57.69556° N Longitude -4.337489° E
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    As the local population were being cleared off the land they had worked for centuries by the Lords of the Land, it was said that Sir Hector rolled stones from the top of the hill to the bottom, thereby extending the amount of time worked and paying the labourers for additional hours, at this time survival was a problem and so it was built to keep the locals in labour,

    There is a small purpose built car park on the left side of the minor road to Boath. Here the signposted 'Jubilee path' to the monument begins.

    • Teaninich distillery Latitude 57.69158° N Longitude -4.260639° E
    • Teaninich distillery Postcode IV17 0XB
  • The Teaninich distillery is a whisky distillery in Alness close by is Teaninich castle so well worth a visit to the area with accommodation available at Alness for visitors wanting to explore the area.

    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.

    • Teaninich distillery Latitude 57.69158° N Longitude -4.260639° E
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    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.