Directions from Inverness and Dingwall to Ardgay, for Culrain

 

Detailed Instructions Below Pictures

 

Map at Foot of Page

The Struie Viewpoint

The Struie Viewpoint can be enjoyed via an optional alternative route during summer daylight hours

The directions shown on this page show the route from Inverness and Dingwall to Ardgay, the nearest village to Culrain.

 

The directions from Ardgay to Culrain are now shown on a separate page for clarity.

 

Please note that your Satnav may try to direct you via the B9176 Struie Road. However, this road is only really suitable during the summer daytime. We recommend that you use the Tain route and set your Satnav initially for Tain. If you wish to take the Struie Road, the directions are below the Tain route.

Although longer in miles than the Struie route, the Tain route is simpler and probably quicker as you stay on the A9 longer and there are no hills, and is definitely the best route to take after dark or during cold spells.

Ben Wyvis and the Cromarty Firth from near Alcaig

Ben Wyvis and the Cromarty Firth from near Alcaig. You get similar views from higher up on the A9 above Alcaig.

 

Take the A9 northbound in Inverness. The A9 crosses over the Kessock and Cromarty Bridges with magnificent views, and passes near the towns of Alness and Invergordon. Just keep on the A9 until shortly after you bypass Tain.

 
Sunset over the Dornoch Firth from the south side (A836)

Sunset over the Dornoch Firth from the south side (A836)

 

Just past Tain, leave the A9 when you get to the Meikle Ferry (Dornoch Bridge) roundabout. This is about 36 miles from Inverness. Go straight onto the A836 for Ardgay which is about 12 miles from here. There are some lovely views of the Dornoch Firth, especially as you get further along. Please drive very carefully as there is a risk of deer collisions, especially after dark outside of summer, and the road is quite twisty in places with woodland on either side so you cannot always see very far ahead.

Dornoch Firth from the north side (A949)

Dornoch Firth from the north side (A949), an alternative route suggested by some Satnavs.

 

Some Satnavs direct drivers to go over the Dornoch Bridge and along the north side of the Dornoch Firth via the A949 and then into Bonar Bridge before Ardgay. This is also a lovely route, but takes a bit longer, and you will need to turn right in Ardgay rather than left to get onto the road for Culrain.

 
Dornoch Firth from the Struie Road Junction

Dornoch Firth looking back along the A836 from near the Struie Road junction on the A836. Dont turn this way though! Go left here.

 

Having reached Ardgay, please click here > for the directions from Ardgay to Culrain.

Alternative Route via B9176 Struie Road

 

It is only advisable to use this route in the summer during daylight hours as the road has some narrow twisting stretches, and deer collisions and ice are also a serious risk. It joins the A836 near Ardgay, and takes you into Ardgay. Take the A9 northbound in Inverness. The A9 crosses over the Kessock and Cromarty Bridges with fine views. The turn off onto the B9176 is between Evanton and Alness, about 18 miles from Inverness on the A9. The B9176 takes you over a high pass with a spectacular view of the Dornoch Firth. It joins the A836 near Ardgay, which takes you into Ardgay. Having reached Ardgay, please click here > for the directions from Ardgay to Culrain.

Route from Dingwall

 

If you are heading from the west coast e.g. Skye, Lochalsh, Gairloch etc., you can make for Dingwall then simply take the A862 north out of Dingwall and join the A9 at the Cromarty Bridge. Please refer to the directions above.

 

Having reached Ardgay, please click here > for the directions from Ardgay to Culrain.

You should find Ardgay near the head of the Dornoch Firth, towards the top of the map near Bonar Bridge.

 

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