When it comes to taking in a place as vast and as open as the Scottish Highlands, your best bet is a driving tour. Leaving Invergordon behind, you’ll set off on a coach, heading through hills and farmland and up over the moors. There’ll be a photo stop at the Struie viewpoint, also known as the million-dollar view. When you see the mountains in the distance, and the glens and valleys stretching out beneath you, you’ll see how it earned its nickname. Your next stop is the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre. The River Shin is quite small – only about five miles long, in fact. But it’s home to Shin Falls, a cascade of water the salmon of the river can be seen hurling themselves against in a bid to reach their birthplace upstream. From here, you’ll head towards the coast to the pretty town of Dornoch, where little stone houses dot the broad, tree-lined streets. Here, you can spend the time as you like. The old jail is worth a visit – it shows you what it would have been like to be imprisoned in the last century. Plus, there’s a small cathedral here, complete with rainbow-coloured stained-glass windows.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.