Easter Ross is a loosely defined area which takes in the towns and villages of Alness, Invergordon, Tain, Evanton, Milton, Kildary (which is where the entrance to Balnagown Estate is), Dingwall, Portmahomack, Balintore, Hilton of Cadboll, Balintore and Shandwick.
In many ways Easter Ross has a very different feel to much of the Scottish Highlands, with a much less dramatic landscape and indeed a much kinder climate. In fact much of the area has a similar level of rainfall to some parts of Southern England! This relatively flat landscape, favourable weather and combined with rich soils, makes much of the area ideal for crops, with barley and potatoes being two of the key ones. In the case of barley, much of the production is destined for the production of Scotch whisky.
For the visitor, Easter Ross has much to offer and although it might not have the dramatic mountain landscape of much of the highlands – though there are still areas of Easter Ross which are very hilly with forest and woodland – there are so many other aspects to enjoy. Of these, wildlife is an important one with the Cromarty Firth being especially good for watching seals, dolphins and many species of birds. Indeed there’s an RSPB reserve at Nigg with a hide close to the road which offers excellent bird watching throughout the year – including Ospreys hunting for fish and often quite close to the hide.
In addition, Easter Ross is an especially good area to act as a base to explore the Northern Highlands, as the road connections are good – the A9 runs through it, as does the railway line from Inverness up to the north coast. If you are considering Easter Ross as a base for your holiday in the North Highlands of Scotland, then Balnagown Estate offers some of the very best self-catering accommodation available. There is a choice of five superb luxury properties, so have a look at these now to see which one best suits you.
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