The landscape of this fertile area is mainly farmland and made up of (almost) two large peninsulas, which virtually meet at what are known as the North and South Sutors, where dolphins are often spotted playing amongst the local fishing boats.
The Black-Isle is possibly most famous for its Moray Firth Dolphins which can be seen daily off Channonry Point, Fortrose. There are many activities and to name but a few; Rosemarkie Beach with caves and plenty of sandcastle opportunities, cycling (both on-road and off-road), Fairy Glen Waterfalls, forest walks and wild food foraging!
Or why not take in the history of the Picts at the Groam House Museum, learn about the reputed magical powers of the Clootie Well, visit Fortrose Cathedral or search for fossils at Eathie beach having first stopped by the Hugh Miller Museum in Cromarty. Along at Udale Bay is the RSPB site and do stop for a photo opportunity at the Post Office in Jemimaville (a.k.a. the garden shed!)
Strathpeffer is a wonderful example of a Victorian Spa Village and the old Pump Room can still be visited, as can the Pavilion which now houses a restaurant and rooms to hire for functions. The pictish Eagle Stone, moved to Strathpeffer in 1411, is mentioned in the prophecies of the Brahan Seer.
On your way to the car park at the base of Ben Wyvis, you pass Rogie Falls. A fabulous day out where you can take long or short walks, often on well-maintained paths suitable for some buggies and brave the suspension bridge over the falls to watch the salmon leap! It’s a great place for picnics and adventures and kids love it!
Another spot with some height to it is the Black Rock Gorge near Evanton, with a rather eerie story to it – if you visit, listen out for the cries of the Lady of Balconie…..
From Evanton you can take the exceptionally scenic route to Ardgay, called the “Struie” – an alternative route to the main A9 but not perhaps the best choice in winter!
The second peninsula in this area is tipped by Portmahomack, a popular seaside village famous for it’s fresh seafood, lighthouse and the fascinating Tarbat Discovery Centre where you can continue the Pictish Trail, started on the Black-Isle! Part of this would be to visit the evocative Old Nigg Church where you can be inspired by the 8th century Pictish Cross Slab.
At certain times of year you can get the wee car ferry from Nigg to Cromarty to bring you full circle. One thing’s for sure, you will have to stay awhile to enjoy all this area has to offer!