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Things to Do

Upon arrival in your yurt, you will find a folder of recommended local attractions and a complimentary map of the area for you to take on your adventures and keep as a souvenir of your stay. 

Detailed information on the many different activities and services available on the  Black Isle can be found at www.black-isle.info - otherwise, here are some suggestions to whet your appetite:

Walks from your yurt:

Discover the unique geology and ecology of the adjacent site of special scientific interest (SSSI) – roughly 1/3 of our land is part of the protected coastal SSSI that runs all the way from Rosemarkie up to Shandwick.
Explore routes and trails through semi-ancient native woodland to Brownhill – a wonderful panoramic viewpoint.
Follow a spectacular cliff path down to a secluded sandy beach where you can watch out for the famous Moray Firth Bottlenose dolphins and explore the rock formations and caves.  Early risers may even be rewarded with a glimpse of otters! Longer circular walks to Eathie (East) and Rosemarkie (West), tides permitting!

    

    

Wildlife:

  • Dolphin watching at Chanonry Point in Fortrose – reputed to be one of the best onshore locations to see these fascinating animals in the whole of Europe. We have also had frequent sightings from the Hub!
  • Wildlife watching boat-trips from Ecoventures in Cromarty.
  • For those with the experience and equipment, kayaking from Rosemarkie is a great way to see the wildlife.

    

Cycling:

  • Red Rock Trails - Downhill and cross-country mountain biking at Learnie Red Rock Trails (which are just adjacent to the Black Isle Yurts site).
  • Road biking - Bicycle hire from Black Isle Bikes.

Shopping:

  • Cromarty Pottery - the Highlands' oldest operating pottery, stocking vases, jugs, mugs, bowls and other hand-made and hand-thrown pieces.
  • gallery48 in Cromarty - a new high-quality gift shop and gallery space located right beside Cromarty Pottery.
  • Ingrid's House - Scandinavian Interiors and Gifts in Cromarty, in the Heart of the Highlands

History & Culture

Outdoor Activities:

  • Horse-riding/pony-trekking at Broomhill Riding Centre, Fortrose.
  • Paintball, Laser-strike and Archery at Wildwoodz, Munlochy (premiere outdoor gaming venue in the Highlands).
  • Golfing at the famous Fortrose And Rosemarkie Golf Club.
  • Red Rock Trails - Downhill and cross-country mountain biking at Learnie Red Rock Trails (which are just adjacent to the Black Isle Yurts site).
  • Road biking - Bicycle hire from Black Isle Bikes.
  • Visiting the animals on the farm, helping with feeding (depending on the time of year - check with Jenny!)

    

Further Afield:

  • Inverness – the Capital of the Highlands with all the shopping and services you'd expect of a major city.
  • North and West Highlands - all within a couple of hours drive (picture from the road to Ullapool below, right)
  • Try your luck spotting the Loch Ness Monster! Just 45mins to Dores Beach on Loch Ness (pictured below, left)

    

Local Places to Eat:

There are several local eateries offering a range of quality menus to suit different tastes and budgets. Amongst our favourites are:

Fast Food:

  • Jaki’s Chip Shop, Fortrose
  • Avoch Chipper
  • Jasmine Garden, Avoch (Chinese takeaway)
  • Gabi’s, Avoch (Indian takeaway)