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Tarbat Discovery Centre Pictish Local Heritage Museum & Gift Shop Tarbat Discovery Centre Tarbat Ness Lighthouse Hilton Stone (replica) & Chapel Ruins Shandwick Stone Nigg Stone & Nigg Church Base of Hilton Stone in Seaboard Memorial Hall Iron Age Fort & Dun (Easter Rarichie) Ballone Castle Viewpoint

Shandwick Stone. Park in small lay-by opposite the stone and follow footpath into field.

The Nigg Stone is now situated inside the church building. Park in the small car park in front of the church. Look out for the ‘Cholera Stone’ in the churchyard. Open to the public and there are displays about the church and stone inside.

Before you get to the ferry turn left up the very steep hill. Park by quarry at the top for best viewpoint, spectacular view of the Cromarty Firth (private road past the farm). Half-way up on the right is the site of Dunskeath Castle.

Bishop’s walk, a pleasant woodland walk from Nigg Church to the Firth.

Tarbat Discovery Centre is a museum, learning & activity centre dedicated to displaying and preserving the heritage of the Tarbat Peninsula, Easter Ross and Northern Scotland. Housed in the refurbished Old Parish Church, it is the site of the only Pictish monastic settlement found in Scotland to date. The centre displays many of the spectacular artefacts and Pictish sculpture uncovered during the extensive archaeological investigations on the site along with local exhibitions, parish records, photographic archives and more.


Known locally as ‘The Port’, Portmahomack is a pretty little fishing village with a charming ‘Telford’’ harbour. You can have lunch at ‘The Carnegie Cafe’ in the Carnegie Hall. There is also a small campsite and a Britstops for motorhomes at the Tarbat Discovery Centre.

Make your visit to Tarbat Discovery Centre a part of a whole day out on the Tarbat Peninsula. There is lots to see and do including, spectacular views of the Cromarty Firth and the oil rigs, WW2 relics, woodland and coastal walks, and of course our important museum! You can have a cup of tea and a biscuit at Tarbat Discovery Centre or a meal or a snack at The Carnegie Cafe. Just off the A9 (Tarbat Discovery Centre is signposted off the A9 from Nigg roundabout) we are within 45 minutes drive of Inverness and only 7 miles off the spectacular NC500.

Take a look at the map below and hover your cursor over any of the pictures for further information.

A Day Out on the Tarbat Peninsula

The Seaboard Memorial Hall, houses the original base of the Hilton-of-Cadboll Stone. You can also get lunch or snacks in the cafe.

Easter Raricihe Iron Age Fort and Dun are visible on the seaward side of the road. Look out for the ditches and ramparts. The Dun is the smaller mound just below and to the right of the fort (private land no access).

A9 & NC500 Eagle Rock

To see Eagle Rock, park in the Lighthouse car park then walk back down the road and turn left down alongside the wall and down to the bottom of the road. You will see the old lighthouse store (now a private dwelling), walk south along the beach for about 100 meters, then stop and look north. You can read about the story of eagle rock on our local history pages. There is also a great coastal walk if you continue south along the beach and rocks.

RAF Tain - bombing range

Ballone Castle, a typical Scottish ‘Z’ plan Tower House, can be seen on the right after you have passed Tarbat Discovery Centre ( the castle is in private ownership, no access to the public).

Regularly used by the Royal Airforce and NATO for training fighter bomber pilots, you can see the black and yellow control tower in the middle of the airfield. Park by the entrance on the road from Tain to Portmahomack and you can watch the pilots bombing their targets!

Talich Wildlife Reserve

Control Tower HMS Owl, on former WW2 Fleet Air Arm airfield, used for training torpedo bomber pilots (now converted to a private dwelling, no access to the public). See one of the practice torpedoes at Tarbat Discovery Centre (car park).

Shandwick to Rockfield Coastal Path

Talich is one of the largest remaining areas of alder wood in Easter Ross. A rich grassland flora can be found in clusters around calcareous springs, encouraging a proliferation of orchids. The woodland attracts a number of bird species and a diverse range of invertebrates can be found on the reserve.

Portmahomack Coastal Path

Follow the road from Tarbat Discovery Centre out of Portmahomack. Park in car park at end of road and follow path through gate up to lighthouse.

Replica by Barry Grove, the original is in the national Museum in Edinburgh. Park in the lay-by above Hilton-of-Cadboll and follow the path down to the stone & chapel site.