Another of the North East coast villages that look over the North Sea on the A9.
Brora sits at the mouth of the River Brora which, as everywhere on this coast, is the site of a once-lucrative salmon netting industry. At the harbour, the ice house is a relic of the herring boom. Coal mines, opened in the 16th century, salt pans and a brickworks are all defunct. Still very much alive, however, is Hunter's, the local weavers of heavyweight traditional tweeds, and a good place to invest in some natty headwear. A mile or so north of town is the Clynelish distillery. Info - Easter-Sep Mon-Fri 1000-1700, Oct 1100-1600, Nov-Easter by appointment, £4, Tel. 623000. Castle Cole in lovely Strath Brora, eight miles northwest, is one of several ruined brochs. Another, Carn Liath (signposted), is by the main road, three miles south of Brora.