Cromarty

There is a lot to do in Cromarty. You can visit the award-winning Cromarty Courthouse Museum, see Hugh Miller's Cottage and the new Miller House Museum (both National Trust of Scotland), stroll along the beach, have a bracing walk around the South Sutor, and onto Macfarquhar's Bed.

Wander into the interesting shops, which include several antique shops, the Cromarty Pottery and The Emporium Bookshop, which has a wide range of new and used books, plus jewellery, toys, unusual cards, and interesting gifts.

Visit the Dutch Cheese Shop on Church Street for the best locally produced cheeses, chutneys and mouth-watering tasty bites. And also find a strong link with the Netherlands - some of the best Dutch farmer's cheeses, finest charcuterie and quality snacks...             

Cromarty is a great destination for outdoor activities. Our neighbour, ecoventures, offer dolphin spotting trips from the revamped Cromarty harbour on their brand new rib (rigid inflatable boat). Our mountain bike trails at nearby Learnie are probably just about the best in the country. We have a great pontoon for the yachties - contact the boat club for further details.  The Udale Nature Reserve is just a couple of miles from Cromarty and boasts a wonderful new bird hide. From late summer to April you can see thousands of wildfowl and wading birds here. Come an hour or two either side of high tide to be rewarded with spectacular views of flocks of flying birds. In autumn up to 5,000 wigeons feed here, while if you want to see an osprey fishing in the water, late summer is the time to come.

How about treating someone to a weekend in the historic town of Cromarty. Stay in the Michelin recommended Factor's House; dine at Sutor Creek; shop in the boutique stores; tour the museums; and top if off with take a fabulous wildlife trip on Ecoventures. A perfect escape and only 1/2 an hour from Inverness!

For information about Cromarty, including attractions and events, please visit www.cromartylive.co.uk.