Charming white harled village that is picture postcard pretty and features on many pictures postcards
Local Sights & Activities for Cromarty
Although restored and much inhabited, Cromarty now has the atmosphere of a backwater, but a very attractive one at that, where you feel as if you're stepping back in time, in stark contrast to the numerous oil rigs moored on the opposite shore in Nigg Bay (see below). For a fascinating insight into the history of the area, visit the 18th-century Cromarty Courthouse, in Church Street, which houses the town's museum. Info - Apr-Oct daily 1000-1700, £4.50, concssion/children £3.50, includes loan of headset for recorded tour of the town's other historic buildings, which houses the town's museum. T600418. Next to the courthouse is the thatch-roofed Hugh Miller's Cottage, birthplace of the eminent local geologist and author. Info- 31 Mar-30 Sep daily 1230-1630, Oct Sun-Wed 1230-1630, £5, concession £4, family £14. T600245. Also worth seeing is the elegant 17th-century East Church.
There's a good walk along a coastal path from the east end of the village through woodland to the top of the South Sutor headland, one of the two steep headlands guarding the narrow entrance to the Cromarty Firth. There are excellent views from here across the Moray Firth. Leaflets describing this and other local walks are available at the Cromarty Courthouse.
One of Cromarty's main attractions is its dolphins. They can be seen from the shore, or with a boat trip, but make sure you go with an accredited operator, such as Dolphin Ecosse, Tel. 600323. Full-day or half-day trips leave from the harbour and you can see porpoises and seals as well as dolphins, and perhaps even killer whales further out. To the west, the mudflats of Udale Bay are an RSPB reserve and a haven for wading birds and wintering duck and geese, which can be viewed from a hide. In the winter other birds such as pinkfooted geese and whooper swans use the bay as a roost.
Poyntzfield Herb Garden is an organic plant nursery specializing in rare and native medicinal herbs. Worth visiting if only for a glimpse of the house, and the view from the car park over the Cromarty Firth through massive beech trees.
An informal local literary fest taking place in the Old Brewery.
Cromarty Hotels & Accommodation
It's advisable to book ahead during the summer.