Ross-Shire Attractions and Local Information
Fortrose Golf Club
This James Braid designed links has been acclaimed by golf writers as
a gem of a course and
perhaps the brightest jewel in the Highlands golfing crown. Small deceptive greens and strategically placed bunkers, as well as sea alongside eight holes and gorse waiting to devour the wayward shot inland, all add up to a greater golfing experience than many a longer course. This private club, established in 1888, gives a warm welcome to visitors in the knowledge that they will almost certainly wish to come back. www.fortrosegolfclub.co.uk
Black Isle Brewery
Rediscovers the brewing tradition. Some remnants of brewing were discovered during renovations of Old Allangrange. This fine 18th century house lies in one of the first areas to be cultivated on the Black Isle, and many of the place names in the area are derived from the Gaelic language, thus Allangrange, or Allann-Chrain, translates as 'a fertile field of corn'. www.blackislebrewery.com
Black Isle Quad Biking
Is aimed towards off-road family adventures, all types of group outings including work, stag & hen parties and also more challenging technical rides for the more experienced. www.blackislequadbiking.moonfruit.com
Castles and Museums
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Re-opened in January 2007, after a major refurbishment. It collects and displays objects, images and memories relating to the Highlands. Come and visit us to explore exciting stories from the past and learn about the people, environment and traditions of the Highlands. The Art Gallery hosts an exciting programme of fine art and craft exhibitions. Tel +44 (0)1463 237114 www.inverness.highland.museum
Groam House Museum
Is an outstanding Pictish Centre for Ross & Cromarty. It includes a collection by George Bain, who is still usually referred to as the Father of modern Celtic Design. www.groamhouse.org.uk
Hugh Miller's Cottage
Is the 17th century birthplace of Hugh Miller, stonemason, geologist, author, journalist and editor, whose life was cut tragically short at the age of 54. www.hughmiller.org
Picture framing, Highland crafts, second hand goods, teas and coffees. The Cromarty Gallery runs annual art exhibitions showing works by contemporary Highland and local artists. There are regular changing exhibits throughout the year. The gallery actively promotes new emerging artists, offering them the opportunity to exhibit and promote their work both to local national and international visitors. Tel 01381 600816
- Avoch - Fortrose - Chanonry Point, 7 miles. Dolphins and seals both may be seen on this family walk.
- Fortrose - Swallow Den - Rosemarkie, 1.86 miles. A short scenic, circular walk.
- Drumderfit Hill Walk, 3.11 miles. A delightful, little-known walk, which takes you up to one of the many Iron Age forts in the area.
- Fairy Glen, 1.24 miles. A popular walk exploring a wooded gorge and reaching two attractive waterfalls.
All walks can be found on www.walkingworld.com
Theatre & Cinemas
- VUE, Inverness Retail & Business Park, Eastfield Way, Inverness IV2 7GD. Tel 08712 240240
- Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA. Tel 01463 234234 www.eden-court.co.uk
- Sutor Creek
- 21 Bank Street, Cromarty, Telephone 01381 600855, www.sutorcreek.co.uk
- Eilean Dubh Restaurant
- 18 High Street, Fortrose, Tel 01381 620690, www.eilean-dubh.com
- The Anderson Restaurant
- Union Street, Fortrose, IV10 8TD, Tel 01381 620 236, www.theanderson.co.uk
- Rocpool Restaurant
- 1 Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5NE, Tel 0 1463 717274, www.rocpoolrestaurant.com
- The Mustard Seed
- 16 Fraser Street, Inverness, Tel 01463 220 220 www.themustardseedrestaurant.co.uk
- Crofters Bistro
- 11 Marine Terrace, Rosemarkie, Fortrose IV10 8UL, Tel 01381 620 844 www.croftersbistro.co.uk
- McGinty's Fish and Chip Shop
- 38 High Street, Fortrose, Ross-Shire IV10 8SU, Tel 01381 622 333
A trip to the historic, Gaelic city of Inverness with its culture, shops and excellent restaurants is highly recommended during your stay, where you can indulge in 'the craic' with the locals (Gaelic for chat and lighthearted conversation). Only 25 minutes' drive from Rosehaugh and The Black Isle.
Birds & Wildlife
Black Isle Wildlife & Country Park
If you are interested in animals and birds or just countryside, you will enjoy a visit to this quiet corner of the Black Isle, an ideal place for all the family. Come and feed the friendly ducks, geese and swans on the many ponds. Make contact with our friendly goats and stroke the cuddly rabbits. See the pot-bellied pigs, rare sheep and cattle. A tearoom and giftshop are available or you can enjoy a picnic in the play area set aside for children. Wheelchair access. The Croft, Drumsmittal, North Kessock, IV1 1XF Tel 01463 731656
Is a small village on the B9161, to the west of Avoch. It sits at the head of a deep bay, at the mouth of which is Ormond Hill to the east, and Craigiehowe to the west. Both of these are rounded hills with dense woodland, though Craigiehowe has a more rugged coastline where there are several interesting caves. At the head of the bay, the ruins of an ancient tide-mill can be seen. Munlochy Bay is perhaps most well-known for birdwatching with its extensive sand and mud flats, and its areas of salt flats, it is a haven for a huge variety of wading birds, ducks and migratory birds. It has been identified as a site of special scientific interest, and its importance is marked by the presence of an R.S.P.B. office in the village.
Experience the thrill aboard our custom built RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and share firsthand the unique scenery, wildlife and history of our area. The surrounding waters are home to a variety of wildlife, the most famous being the resident colony of Bottlenose dolphins. www.ecoventures.co.uk
From our base just off the Black Isle we are ideally situated to provide custom guided fly fishing excursions for individuals and small groups of anglers. www.troutquest.com