In and Around Cromarty
Situated on the green and fertile Black Isle, just to the north of Inverness (30-45 minute drive), Cromarty has histroical and strategical importance. It was the birthplace of writer, theologian and geologist Hugh Miller, and is situated on the south shores of the Cromarty Firth - a natural deep-water harbour used as such from Roman times.
Although the size of a village, Cromarty is classified as a town, having been a Royal Burgh in former times. Its former Courthouse is now an award-winning museum, and its once bustling harbour is now home to leisure craft and several fishing boats why ply the productive Moray Firth, supplying fresh seafood to the local Sutor Creek Restaurant as well as communities across the country.
Some of the things to see and do in Cromarty include
- Ecoventures: exploring the waters of the Cromarty Firth onboard a high-speed 'Rib', and spotting the resident pod of Bottlenose Dolphins - one of only two in UK waters.
- Mountain Biking at the Learnie Red Rock MTB course
- Cromarty Pottery Shop: Handmade pottery and ceramics made in the Highlands oldest operating pottery.
- Cromarty Courthouse Musuem: Learn more about the town and its history, it trading links with Europe, and its eccentric characters such as Sir Thomas Urquhart, who reputedly laughed himself to death on hearing of Charles II restoration.
Other activities include fossil hunting at Eathie, visiting High Miller's Cottage, eating out at Sutor Creek Restaurant or the Royal Hotel, or sampling the pies and cakes at Cromarty's famous bakery.