Cromarty is a small town in the Highlands of Scotland. Just over twenty miles north of Inverness, it sits beside the Cromarty Firth at the tip of the Black Isle
As a major fishing and trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, Cromarty is full of history. With a modern culture in arts and crafts, combined with its rich historical story, Cromarty has plenty to do for all. Below are my six of my favourite things for you to try.
Hugh Millers Cottage
Hugh Millers Cottage is the birth place of Hugh Miller, the renowned, self-taught geologist and writer. Famous for his local stories of the north of Scotland, Hugh Miller ended up moving to Edinburgh, becoming editor for the Witness newspaper. The cottage itself shows not only Millers background and life, but also what live was like for anyone living in Cromarty at that time.
Get a Pizza at Sutor Creek
Sutor Creek is the local bistro restaurant in Cromarty. Home to the only wood burning pizza oven in the Highlands, it makes fantastic different pizzas for you to try. If you’re not keen on pizza, they also do a range of daily specials made from local ingredients. With a range of organic drinks, you’re in for a real treat. Book in advance though as it can get busy!
The Cromarty Courthouse is the second and larger of the museums in Cromarty. The restored town Courthouse has been home to many colourful moments in Cromarty’s past. This can all be explored, with the rest of the towns mixed fortunes, throughout the museum. Furthermore, in the summer you can get an audio tour, guiding you around the town and all its hidden secrets.
The Cromarty Firth is home to some of the most northerly bottlenose dolphins in the world. For lucky visitors, they can be seen on the eco ventures. Running from the Cromarty harbour, you get taken out on the boats around the Cromarty Firth. While they can’t promise you’ll see dolphins – around a 50% chance I believe – you learn all about the wildlife of the firth either way.
A local pint in a local pub
Cromarty has two pubs; The Cromarty Arms and The Cromarty Royal Hotel. The Cromarty Arms is opposite the Cromarty Courthouse and in easy reach of Hugh Millers Cottage too. With great food and a selection of local drinks, you should have a fantastic time. The Cromarty Royal Hotel is next door Cromarty Harbour. With a great view of the beach and sea, and a comfortable hotel too, it’s worth a visit.
Walk up the South Sutor
The North and South Sutor hills tower over each side of the Cromarty Firth at its entrance. The South Sutor is situated on Cromarty’s side and can be climbed using “the hundred steps”. This gentle(ish) walk should not take you longer than an hour to the top of the hill where you’ll not only be open to a fantastic view, but also able to explore the abandoned World War Two forts!