Things to do
There are a vast number of things to do and see within easy access of Cromarty. Just a few are listed below or in the sub-pages above:
- Dornoch Beach The only beach in the Highlands to be awarded the Blue Flag, and the only winner of the Good Beach Guide in the North of Scotland. Easy access.
- Embo Beach Near the town of Dornoch. Access to beach unrestricted. Parking in village.
- Portmahomack Beach Easy access.
- Rosemarkie Beach On the Black Isle. Easy access from the village. Children’s play area.
- Udale Bay On the Black isle. Accessible from the B9163 road between Jemimaville and Balblair.
The quiet roads in the area, many of which are unclassified, are particularly suitable for cyclists. The Forestry Commission has established a large network of excellent off-road routes throughout the Highlands. Cromarty is within easy reach of the hills where some excellent mountain biking experiences can be had.
Whisky production has always bee interwoven with the fabric of Scottish life. Visiting a distillery will provide an excellent insight into how whisky is made as well as giving you the opportunity to taste the ‘water of life’. There are a number of distilleries within easy reach of Cromarty:
- Clynelish - Off A9, one mile NW of Brora
- Dalwhinnie - Off A9 at A889: head NW for two miles
- Glenmorangie - Half a mile N of Tain on A9
- Glen Ord - Muir of Ord, off A832
- Tomatin - Sixteen miles S of Inverness, off A9
Cromarty is home to Hugh Miller's Cottage. He collected several superb fish in nodules from this location, but they are now very rare due to their high value and slow pace of erosion. Go to the following link for more information http://.www.cromarty.ukfossils.co.uk
Fly Fishing & Sea Angling
The surrounding area boasts some of the top salmon fishing in the country along with other less favorable rivers to suit almost any budget. We are happy to arrange fishing trips and gear on your behalf. Cromarty Sea Angling offer sea angling trips from Cromarty.
Any keen golfer in the know will tell you that north of Inverness, a string of no fewer than twenty-two courses stretches right around the Highland coast. From the championship links course at Royal Dornoch, which is one of the top 10 courses in the UK, and 16th in the world, to the seductive challenges of the nine-hole courses in quiet coastal backwaters. Here are just a few which are in easy access of the hotel:
- Allness Golf Club
- Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club
- Invergordon Golf Club
- Muir of Ord Golf Club
- Royal Dornoch Golf Club
- Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club
- Struie , Royal Dornoch Golf Club
- Tain Golf Club
- Tarbat Golf Club, Portmahomack
We are happy to arrange golfing trips for you. Contact Golf Highland for details of the Ross & Cromarty Golf Pass through which you can experience 9 fabulous courses in Ross & Cromarty.
Explore some of the surrounding area on horseback. Lessons and treks for all levels can be arranged by the hotel.
Stalking & Shooting
The surrounding area has many areas which provide some outstanding hunting opportunities with Red deer, Roe Buck, walk up grouse and white hare the favorites.
The Black Isle Path Network takes you on a journey through a landscape that is rich in natural and historical interest. The waymarked Network is made up of over 90 miles of multi-use paths which connect traditional trails with quiet roads and farm tracks. The paths offer easy access to the countryside for people of all ages and abilities. Some of them are suitable for wheelchair and pushchair access. A number of leaflets are available which provide a brief introduction to each area, along with simple route maps. The Mid-Ross Path Network is also within easy access.
Cromarty is also within easy access of the mountains and glens in the Northwest Highlands, which has gained the reputation of containing in its remotest areas the last remaining wilderness in Western Europe. The splendid variety of hills and mountains in the Northwest Highlands is matched by the variety of hill walking, cross-country walking, rock climbing, winter climbing and even ski-mountaineering that is possible within their bounds. There is almost an unlimited selection of hills, mountains and cross-country paths for hill walkers and backpackers.
The Cromarty and Moray Firths offer lots of opportunities for watersports such as sailing, sea canoeing, windsurfing, diving and, of course, sea angling. There are a number of visitor moorings at Cromarty which are located directly opposite the hotel. Pontoon facilities within the harbour will be available from Spring/Summer 2005 - contact Cromarty Harbour Trust for details.
The Cromarty Boat Club is based at Cromarty, and is an excellent location with the relatively sheltered sailing potential of the Cromarty Firth and the more exposed and demanding conditions of the Moray Firth.