• The Black Isle - Black Isle Brewery, Cromarty Brewery, Fortrose Abbey, dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point, dolphin tours from Avoch, The Faerie Glen, Hugh Miller's Cottage, Black Isle Wildlife Park, Wildwoodz Paintball. Great eateries include Crofters -  Rosemarkie, Allangrange Arms - Munlochy, Sutor Creek - Cromarty.
  • Beauly - Old Priory ruins, Campbells of Beauly Woolens and Tweeds, along with lots of interesting gift shops.
  • Ullapool - Just Ullapool really. Lovely port with fish and chips, little shopping streets, moody scenery. And, of course, the best little fest in the west - Loopallu. What's not to like?
  • Gairloch - Beachs, golf and lunch. Eateries - The Sheiling, The Steading Bistro, The Barn.
  • Poolewe - The famous Inverewe Gardens are the main tourist attraction here (National Trust for Scotland). But that aside the mountain scenery and coastline is spectacular. Heading off the beaten track to Cove, find the WW2 Gun Placements, the Arctic Convoys Museum at Inverasdale and the sands at Firemore. Try the Bridge Cottage Câfé for a bite of lunch or coffee.
  • Aultbea - The Perfume Studio - photographic studio, câfé and gift shop, Wiseman's of Lochewe Clootie Dumplings, Richies of Aultbea - for all your Scottish "pudding" needs, Isle of Ewe Smokehouse. Aultbea Hotel for lunch. Order the "Squats and Chips" - you might not know what that means but you won't be disappointed. 
  • Plockton - Picturesque village featured in many films and television series. Calum's Seal Tours are legendary with a meal at the Plockton Shores a must.
  • Dornoch - Dornoch Cathedral (where Madonna and Guy Ritchie famously wed), lovely little shops including Coast Candles and Jail. Fabulous coastland and beaches en-route and beyond. Dunrobin Castle, Skibo Castle. Luigi's for food. 
  • Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness - Urquhart Castle, Jacobite Cruises, Meall Fuar-mhonaidh walk, Falls of Foyers. The Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre - if you must.
  • Ardersier and Culloden - Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, Fort George, Castle Stuart, Castle Stuart Golf Links, Cawdor Castle.
  • Nairn - Golfing and beach, mainly. Nice to visit if the weather is fine and you're doing Culloden. Eat at the Classroom. 

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