Back on the mainland, head north east to Strathcarron. The Highland Clearances in the area in 1854 meant that many Ross clansmen were forced to leave the area or even Scotland to find new homes elsewhere. Drive through Glen Carron and Strath Bran to Dingwall at the head of the Cromarty Firth. To the north east of here, between the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths is the area of Ross, settled in the 14th and 15th centuries by the Earls of Ross and their followers who later became the Ross Clan.
A few miles north east of Alness is Delny. Fearcher, the first Earl of Ross lived and died at Delny Castle in the 1200s. Today nothing remains of the original castle, but a tower house was built on the site by the later Earls, and is now run as a guest house, Delny House.
At Hill of Fearn, north of Pitcalnie, you will find Fearn Abbey which was founded by the Earl of Ross in 1225. Originally it was sited between Bonar Bridge and Edderton but was relocated to the better agricultural land here, in 1238. The 1790's parish church brickwork hides St Michael's Aisle which dates back to 1485.