Other things to do in the area
Here a a few suggestions of other things to do in the local area whilst your family or friends are enjoying a pony trek with us....
The area has good walking for all abilities, from seaside strolls, to hikes high into the hills. It is also an easy drive to some of the most famous mountains in Scotland, including Suilven and it's neighbours in Assynt, Ben Klibreck, Ben More, Arkle, Fionaven and Bens' Hope and Loyal in the North, to mention only a few, although climbing these hills should only be undertaken by the well prepared!
There are several excellent golf courses within a 25 mile radius of our stables in Tain, mostly links courses, with the exception of Bonar Bridge which is situated in a lochside location. Brora, Golspie, Royal Dornoch, Tain, Carnegie Golf Club and Bonar Bridge
As well as plenty of off road mountain biking opportunities in and around the local area, with extensive trails through Morangie forest suitable for all abilies, for the more serious, we are fortunate to have the newly built Wildcat Trails, with challenging downhill trails winding down he slopes of Ben Bragghie in Golspie. The Wildcat Trails also offer easier family friendly trails through the local forests surrounding Golspie and Brora - visit their website at www.highlandwildcat.com . Also within an easy drive are the trails at Bonar Bridge, and Carbisdale - both on the picturesque Kyle of Sutherland. If some of your party are on our pony treks or trail rides, It may be possible for you to join them on your mountain bike!
The area abounds with local history. The Royal Burgh of Tain is a pretty village with lots of interesting local history - visit Tain Through Time to see their collection of artifacts. they also have a Clan Ross exhibition. Tarbat Discovery Centre at Portmahomack is also worth a visit - site of the only Pictish monastic settlement excavated in Scotland to date. There are also pictish carved stones at Hilton, Cadboll and Nigg. Crossing the Dornoch Firth, the village of Dornoch is home to Dornoch Cathedral and it's stunning stained glass windows. Heading further north, the spectacular Dunrobin Castle stands watch over the bay, and further along the coast the ancient Cairn Liath Broch is only one of many that can be found in the hills of the area. There are ancient crannogs on some of the lochs, and mysterious standing stones all standing testiment to the long human habitation of this wild land. Camster Cairns, Hill O'Many Stanes, Whaligoe Steps and Timespan are all within an hour and a halfs drive North,
Being on the east coast, means that there are many opportunities for the keen angler. There is good beach and rock casting locally - under Dornoch Bridge is good for Sea Trout and the rocks of Tarbat lighthouse at Portmahomack are good for Pollock and wrass. In season fishing is available on the famous local salmon rivers, and boats are available to hire on many local lochs where wild brown trout abound. Fishing for Rainbow trout is also available at Dornoch Lochans. Boats with skippers can be hired for sea fishing from Helmsdale, Brora and Balintore.
Or.... why not take a boat out from Inverness or Avoch to see the famous Moray Firth dolphins!
Within 25 miles, there is Loch Migdale, which is a lovely loch surrounded by woodland - very picturesque, or why not paddle down the River Oykel to the Kyle of Sutherland? Loch Brora is lovely place to explore. Plenty of wildlife, little sandy beaches and a crannog! There are loads of lochs to explore in the area, rivers and of course there is the sea! For those who wish to travel a little further afield, the west coast of Sutherlands' sea lochs are well worth exploring.
The famous surfing beaches of the North Coast, are about an hours drive away.
The area has a wealth of interesting geological features and within an hours drive is the fabulous North West Highland Geopark, covering huge areas of West Sutherland and Wester Ross, including the stunning hills of Assynt. A good place to start to find out more about the local geology is to visit the Orcadian Stone Company in Golspie, where they have a vast knowledge of geology of the North of Scotland, and indeed the rest of the world. They have a fantastic shop, and also an extremely interesting geological exhibition.
If you are prepared to travel a bit further afield and fancy something a bit more adventurous we can recommend the following companies:
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