|Railway bridge at Balnagown|
I didn’t know the above history as I drove around the walls of the estate looking for the castle to take a picture. The estate is fairly secluded although you can rent cottages and participate in field sports there. I eventually found the main gate at the end of the drive, complete with a number of CCTV cameras and a very secure electric gate. Perhaps the new Laird was at home as, after I loitered for a few minutes of map reading, a Range Rover with blacked out windows appeared through the gate and remained behind me, even as I stopped by the next gate round the wall to see the coat of arms of Clan Ross (and which appears to have been rather controversially hung there by Mr Al Fayed).
I finally shook off my tail (I think they just got bored) and continued on towards Alness. Barnard’s train first passed Invergorden (sic) Castle although he couldn’t see it from the line due to a dense foliage of American and Australian shrubs (and due to it not actually being there, having been destroyed by fire in the early 1800s and replaced with a mansion house in 1872, that too now demolished). The area is now a golf course although some of the ‘American’ gardens have been maintained. His party then took a ten minute walk from Alness station and arrived at a “thickly wooded hill overlooking the Dalmore Distillery”.
|Cromarty Firth and Dalmore 'Yankee' Pier|
|Dalmore during WWI, from The Library of Congress|
|River Alness weir and source of Dalmore water|
|Covenanter's Stone at Dalmore|
|Dalmore Distillery from shore|