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Travelling almost 100 miles from the spectacular north coast to the Capital of the Highlands on the dolphin-splashed Moray Firth, this route passes many sites of interest. There is Loch Loyal, with its turf-topped boathouse beneath the rocky torrs of Ben Loyal.

Further along, the tiny community of Altnaharra is famous for being one of the coldest places in the UK every winter. Then the lonely Crask Inn, dwarfed by the steep slopes of Ben Klibreck, offers a warm welcome within its ancient white walls.

The scenic village of Lairg, at the foot of Loch Shin, hosts one of the largest sheep sale yards in Europe, and just downstream, salmon can be seen leaping at the Falls of Shin. Carbisdale Castle, once a home of the Sutherlands has recently been sold to a property developer, looms above the forest on the right, then more evidence of the King of Fish is passed at Bonar Bridge, where the ruins of the old salmon netting station can still be seen in the shadow of the graceful iron bridge.

The hill of Struie gives panoramic views over the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths, where retired oil rigs and seals come to rest, and then there is just a last gentle climb across the neck of the Black Isle before reaching the City of Inverness across the Kessock Bridge.