Castles, Museums and Historical Artifacts
Distance from Tarrel: 16.5 miles; 40 mins
Dunrobin Castle is one of the most impressive and well-preserved stately homes in the country. As you tour through, where you will be blown away by the ornate and opulent rooms, each with its own unique character and style. The carefully-tended gardens are a particular highlight, where you can also experience falconry displays daily from April to October.
Dunrobin is the most popular Castle to visit during a stay at The Farmhouse. There are, of course, countless other castles to explore on your tour of Scotland, such as: Inverness Castle, Castle of Mey, Castle of Old Wick, Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, Thurso Castle, and Ardvreck Castle.
Distance from Tarrel: 2.5 miles; 6 mins
Three villages local to the Farmhouse all have museums that showcase the area's rich history. In Portmahomack, The Tarbat Discovery Centre is particularly fascinating for its Pictish exhibits, with the site itself being a monastery founded in the 6th Century. In Tain, The Tain and District Museum offers a comprehensive history of the people and events that shaped the local area. In Dornoch, the Historylinks Museum offers a brilliant display that makes the presentation and interpretation of Scotland's history clear and accessible to everyone - a 5-star museum recipient for good reason.
Pictish stones are a type of monumental sculpture that were created by the Pictish people in Scotland during the 6th to 9th centuries AD. These stones are typically carved with intricate designs and symbols, and are considered to be some of the most important surviving examples of Pictish art.
There are several Pictish Stones near the Farmhouse, and some people decide to seek them all out along the Pictish Stone Trail. If you're wanting to go and see one, we recommend either the Nigg Stone, The Shandwick Stone, or the Hilton of Cadboll.