More places of interest

www.carronpottery.com - wonderful pottery, craft shop and gallery.

www.nts.org.uk/Home - to find information on Inverewe Gardens to the North and Balmacara Estate & Lochalsh Woodland to the west

www.plockton.com - information about another local holiday destination

www.wester-ross-tours.co.uk - Kenny Murray offers expert local knowledge with tailor made tours.

Visit Wester Ross: www.visitwester-ross.com

Attadale Gardens: www.attadalegardens.com/

The Hydroponicum - at Achiltibuie, north west of Ullapool. The premier centre for the demonstration of soil-less growing in the UK.

Shards Stained Glass - at Arrina on the Applecross coast road, about 10 miles from Shieldaig and 15 miles from Applecross. Manufacturers and suppliers of a unique and unusual range of stained glass suncatchers.

Highland Museum of Childhood - located in the Old Station at Strathpeffer.

Eden Court Theatre - for mainstream theatre productions in Inverness.

Inverness Aquadome - an all-round water experience for all - from serious swimmers to those wishing to relax in the poolside spa.

Loch Ness - all about the loch, the monster, etc.!

Jacobite Cruises - cruises on Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.

Bright Water Visitor Centre - located in Kyleakin on Skye, just across the water from Kyle of Lochalsh. For information about the Eilean Ban Trust and Gavin Maxwell, and for Boat Trips.

Applecross - reached via the spectacular Bealach na Ba and the subject of Monty Halls' Great Escape on BBC2 recently.

Torridon - a neighbouring area to Lochcarron with spectacular mountain scenery. Very attractive to walkers and climbers.