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TARBAT NESS COASTAL WALK

COUNTRYSIDE RAMBLE

For Who?
Outdoorists
How Long?
6 hrs
From Where?
Portmahomack
How Much?
£320

per bubble (max. 6 people)

Your Adventure

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.

Highlights

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

Included
Not Included

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

- Meals / Packed Lunch
- Admission to Visitor Attractions

Tour Times

Monday - Sunday
from 09.00 h

Simply choose a date and time that is convenient to you during the booking process.
If you would like to start your full day tour earlier or need to be back for a certain time, just leave a comment on your booking form.

Starting Point

Portmahomack Car Park
Main Street
Portmahomack
Tain
IV20 1YD

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57.836150, -3.8276310

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Further Information

Suitability

Please refer to the tour description and the information in this section to decide whether a particular tour is suitable for you and your group before you make your booking.

Our Countryside Rambles are at a leisurely pace and are suitable for all age groups.

This is a more strenuous activity requiring appropriate footwear such as walking boots with ankle support.

Walking Sections

Distance:

8.75 m / 14 km

Ascent:

132 m

Walking Time:

6 hrs*

Moderate - reasonable fitness level required:
Walking over rough ground, some boggy sections, shingle beaches and country roads with a few short but steep slopes.

* Walking Time includes time to admire the views and have a picnic.

Equipment

Our famous Scottish weather has its reputation for a reason. Therefore, it is always good practise to pack an extra layer and a waterproof jacket or coat on top of your sunscreen and your sunglasses. You may need them all.

Please note that we may not be able to take you on tour if your footwear is not suitable.
In such an event, a (partial) refund is entirely at our discretion.

Pack for all sorts of weather, especially the wet and windy type, and take your walking poles along if you have some.

This tour takes us into a relatively remote area with limited facilities. Please take enough bottled water and food along.

- Walking boots with ankle support
- Daypack with the right clothes to keep you warm and dry, whatever the weather. We may be exposed to wet and windy weather.
- Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Water, a packed lunch and snacks to keep you going

COVID-19 Measures

We adhere to the latest government and public health guidance to keep you and us safe and we practice social distancing and maintain the highest hygiene standards on our tours. We have committed to the Good to Go scheme launched by Visit Britain that recognises good practise in following COVID-19 guidelines and have adapted the STGA Good To Go Protocol. For more information on how we implement these guidelines on our tours, please click here.

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Booking & Cancellation Policy

Book your Highland Adventure online and pay by Debit or Credit Card.
Advance Booking is strongly recommended. Online Bookings are closing 24 hours prior to tour start.

If you prefer to pay for your tour in a different way or would like to make a last-minute enquiry, just contact us by phone or email to discuss your options.

We strongly recommend that guests arrange suitable travel, medical, and cancellation insurance prior to their booking.

Cancellations


We know that planning can be a difficult task in uncertain times.
Therefore, we have worked out a straightforward Cancellation Policy for our Walking Tours and Half/Full Day Tours:

 

  • You can reschedule your tour free of charge if things are not working out the way they were planned.

  • If you need to cancel your tour, our simplified cancellation policy applies:

Up to 24 hours prior to tour start

Less than 24 hours prior to tour start

0% of the agreed rate & third party costs*

100% of the agreed rate & third party costs*

*) Cancellation costs or processing fees from third-party providers incurred for the specific booking will be charged in addition.

For further information, please refer to our Terms & Conditions.

Contact

Any Questions or Special Requirements?
If there is anything you would like to know or discuss before you place your booking, just get in touch:

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