It is a grand Victorian house in its own grounds. The dining room overlooks the Dornoch Firth. The service is good and friendly.
The decor is old Scottish.
The food is also home grown or produced locally - shrimps, salmon, venison, mussels.
Up date 2010
We went for the Sunday Carvery where a three-course meal costs £10.
We had delicious leek and potato soup, rather than the starters. .
Then slices of roast beef, chicken or gammon , with as much of the vegetables etc as you wanted- broccoli, cauliflower and green beans; swedes; roast or new potatoes; Yorkshire pudding, gravy, stuffing etc
Then dessert. Choice was fruit salad, choux buns, cheesecake, meringues and various tarts.
A wonderful meal. All are excellent but you can't go wrong with the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with all the trimmings. And you may need to ask for a doggy bag to take what you couldn't finish home.
The oldest royal burgh
Tain is in Ross and Cromarty, about 48 miles from Inverness. It is said to be the oldest royal burgh in Scotland, having received its charter in 1066, but the actual charter does not exist any more. However there is one from 1588.
Of interest is Old St Duthus Chapel, St Duthus Church, the old Tolbooth whose massive square tower with a spire houses the ancient curfew bell..
For sports fans it has a good golf course. There are tennis courts and a beach.
And a couple of miles north is Glenmorangie Distillery.
Tain the town is built on the top of a raised beach.To the south the raised beach can be seen clearly in contrast to the flat land below , Kirksheaf and the Plaids area.To the north the land is quite flat. In this latter area is the Coop store, Morangie House Hotel [see restaurant tip], and about 2 miles along the Glen Morangie distillery.
Although quite a few of my photos show snow, this is because after living in Africa for 30 odd years , I was fascinated by it!
The whole area of Easter Ross is actually quite dry. In summer there may be bans on using hoses, because of water shortage.
There can be fierce winds off the North Sea, but there can also be pleasant sunny days.
People don't go around in thermal underwear or wear furs all the year as some folk seem to think!
Across the Dornoch Firth from Tain lies Dornoch, a popular seaside resort, also with a fine golf club, and of course Madonna got married there.