Enjoy a scenic exploration of the beautiful ‘Black Isle’, an area of rolling farmland and pretty villages.
Following the Cromarty Firth to the Black Isle, an area which is in fact, a peninsula and not an island, you’ll discover one of the most attractive gems on the east coast. The beautifully preserved 18th century town of Cromarty is full of historic interest, from the 17th century East Church with its extraordinary pews and the fascinating old Courthouse to old-world antique shops, taverns and cafés. After a short guided tour, there will be time to stroll at leisure through the town, perhaps visiting the thatched-roofed Hugh Miller’s Cottage, birthplace of the eminent local geologist and writer.
Continuing on the road above the fabled Fairy Glen, setting of many a local legend, through fertile farmland, dramatic countryside and stately woods, past the village of Rosemarkie, an important centre of Christianity in Pictish times. A stop will be made at Fortrose, a quietly elegant village to photograph the beautiful ruins of the early 13th century Fortrose Cathedral.
Further on, you’ll see the Clootie Well, a Celtic place of Pilgrimage, where colourful rags have been hung on overhanging branches to bring luck and health.
Before returning to the port, a stop will be made at North Kessock, one of the best spots in the UK to view Moray Firth dolphins. From here, you can also see over to Inverness and the impressive Kessock Bridge.
Note: Approximately one hour is spent in Cromarty.