Originally two shires, Ross-shire and Cromartyshire were joined to form one administrative county, called Ross and Cromarty. This new county spans the width of the Highlands, with coasts on the west and east. The Western side, know as Wester Ross is famous for its dramatic highland scenery, examples of which can be found at the Torridon Hills, popular with walkers and mountain bikers. The larger towns and villages of the county are found on the eastern side. The Market town of Dingwall, on the edge of the Cormarty Firth, and is a lovely and well equipped place to visit, with a rich history to discover, and plenty to see and do. Other towns and villages worth a look include Alness, Tain, Invergordon and Kildary, home to the Balnagown Estate. If staying in the east of this region, day tripping to Inverness is a must, as the thriving city has much to offer. Dolphin watching tours are available in the Cromarty and Moray firths. The Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park in North Kessock is also a fun family day out. The Morangie Forest is popular with pony trekkers and walkers, there are plenty of DIstilleries to whet your whistle, include Glenmorangie in Tain.