Thursday, 12 May 2016

Weddings in the Highlands

Have you always dreamed of having a romantic Highland wedding?

Acres of rolling landscape, a stunning coastal backdrop and the lasting memories of a traditional Highland celebration. it’s easy to see why Madonna and Guy Ritchie chose to say “I do” in this unique part of the world.

At the Royal Marine Hotel, our team will work closely with you to arrange everything you need. From delicious food to elegant floral arrangements, our local knowledge will help you find everything you need for your big day.

Find out more about weddings at The Royal Marine Hotel

Distilleries in the Scottish Highland

Whisky in The Highlands

Clynelish Distillery

Just five minutes from our Hotel, Clynelish is one of the most northerly distilleries in Scotland. Built in 1819 by the 1st Duke of Sutherland at a cost of £750, the distillery uses spring water from the Clynemilton Burn which runs over seams of gold embedded in the rocks of the nearby hills and results in a fruity, slightly smoky single malt Scotch Whisky. Tours, a visitor centre and a shop are available on site. 


Just 20 miles south of Brora on the outskirts of Tain, Glenmorangie has the tallest copper stills in Scotland and uses the finest oak caskets to produce a wide range of single malts, including the unique wood finish malts. Tours, a visitor centre and a shop are available on site. 

Old Pulteney

Old Pulteney is one hour's drive north from our Hotel on the rugged coastline of the town of Wick. Set in the former herring capital of Europe, the distillery produces a 12 year-old single malt otherwise known as The Maritime Malt – a blend that is influenced and inspired by the seafaring heritage of its surroundings. Tours and a shop are available on site.  

Balblair Distillery

Set against the scenic backdrop of the Dornoch Firth, Balblair has been rolling out barrels of single malt Scotch whisky since 1790 and is the only distillery to sell vintage blends exclusively. It runs personal distillery tours, offering exclusive hand bottling and there's also the opportunity to learn more about Balblair's history by experiencing the sights and sounds of past years in its fascinating Time Capsule room.  

Discover Brora perhaps best known for the quality of its whisky. Stay at The Royal Marine Hotel

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Places to visit when staying in Brora

Places to visit in the Highlands

Just 5 miles from our Hotel, explore the residence at the nearby Dunrobin Castle, one of Britain’s oldest inhabited houses. Dating back to the early 1300s, the castle is the seat of the Clan Sutherland and holds a plethora of paintings, family memorabilia and furniture, as well as some beautiful gardens.

Follow in the footsteps of royalty at The Castle and Gardens of Mey, the former summer residence of The Queen Mother, who fell for its charm whilst mourning the death of her husband, King George VI. Situated in Thurso, just 90 minutes’ away, the Castle is a 5 star visitor attraction and includes a visitor centre and animal centre.

Days out in Scotland

Discover Brora’s archaeological and industrial past from the Stone Age, right up to present day at Brora Heritage Centre. An exhibition, interactive displays and a dinosaur play area will keep the whole family entertained whilst providing some fascinating facts about the village’s heritage. If you want to find out more about the North Highlands, visit Timespan, within 20 minutes of our Hotel. It’s an award-winning museum exploring the heritage of the region and the only public contemporary art gallery in Sutherland.

Take a tour round one of the North Highlands’ distilleries and sample some quality malt whiskies. Just 5 minutes from our Hotel is the Clynelish Distillery, which uses spring water from the Clynemilton Burn to create its own special blend, whilst Glenmorangie Distillery sits 20 minutes south of Brora and Old Pulteney is 60 minutes away in the town of Wick.

Take in two attractions in one trip when you visit Whaligoe, less than an hour north. Descend all 330 of The Whaligoe Steps, a path cut into a step gorge by fishermen in the 1800s leading to one of the least accessible harbours in the country, then back up and inland to the Cairn of Get, a well-preserved chambered tomb that has stood for over 5,000 years. 

Visit the North West Highland Geopark, an area of geological interest just an hour’s drive from our Hotel. Covering huge areas of West Sutherland and Wester Ross, the diverse landscape of mountains, sandy beaches, ancient settlements and present day communities is of world class importance and quality. In preparation for your visit, the Orcadian Stone Company in Golspie is recommended, offering insight into the geological heritage of this part of the world.