Fortrose

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Fortrose Cathedral showing heritage elements and heritage architecture

Experience authentic Highland culture in Fortrose, a town that retains strong connections to its past through historic buildings and traditional events.

Wander around the quaint Highland town of Fortrose, a historic area in the southern part of the Black Isle peninsula. Find spectacular ruins, picturesque churches and breathtaking landscapes and discover the historic buildings of the town. Look for dolphins, seals and even otters splashing about in the waters of the adjacent Moray Firth inlet.

The town began with the construction of Fortrose Cathedral. The cathedral, now a red-stone ruin in the center of the town, was built in the mid-1200s and the rest of Fortrose grew around it. Explore what remains of the medieval church, stopping at the tomb of Countess Euphemia and the freestanding chapter house.

The surrounding Cathedral Square is lined with elegant Victorian houses and village pubs. Visit in August for the annual St. Boniface Fair, a celebration of Highland culture featuring crafts, performances and music. Locals often don traditional costumes for the celebrations. The Town Hall, with impressive paintings hanging on its walls, also hosts cultural events throughout the year.

Enjoy the scenic views from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, a 19th-century building on a low cliff looking out to the estuary. Take a moment to reflect inside the peaceful, simple interior before walking down to the nearby beach.

Watch dolphins skim across the Moray Firth at Chanonry Point. The playful creatures come here to feed and are most commonly seen at high tide throughout the year. From the lighthouse at the tip of the point, admire views in both directions along the firth. Play a few rounds of golf on the scenic peninsula's course, which is over 100 years old.

Fortrose is about a 35-minute drive from Inverness Airport, which receives flights from major U.K. cities including London, Manchester and Belfast. Each season offers different reasons to visit Fortrose and the Black Isle. Enjoy the crisp and clear mornings of fall or the longer and warmer days of summer.

Flowerburn Holiday Homes
Flowerburn Holiday Homes
3.5 out of 5
Eathie Road, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Scotland
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Beautiful lodge in a lovely rural location
"Beautiful lodge set in a lovely rural location. The lodge is spacious with comfort throughout. Bedrooms are large enough and do a family of four happily. Living area had plenty space. Kitchen was fully equipped and vital in the Covid world as you can easily cook in it. WiFi excellent and tv offerings ..."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

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Tigh Na Mara
Tigh Na Mara
4 out of 5
12 Marine Terrace, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Scotland
Situated in Fortrose, this bed & breakfast is within 16 mi (25 km) of Inverness Cathedral, Inverness Castle and Eden Court Theatre. Culloden Battlefield and ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Helen and Andrew are excellent hosts at this beautiful B & B. The accommodations are so tastefully decorated, and the views are amazing! We left the window open at night so we could hear the waves. Location is perfect, steps to the beach and a nice stroll to the gold club for dinner. Excellent breakfast, ..."

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2019

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The Boat House - Detached Former Lifeboat Station, Beach Side Setting
The Boat House - Detached Former Lifeboat Station, Beach Side Setting
The Boat House, Marine Terrace, Fortrose, SCT
Situated in Fortrose, this golf holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Rosemarkie Beach and Groam House Museum. Moray Firth and Fairy Glen Reserve are also ...
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The Boat House - Detached Former Lifeboat Station, Beach Side Setting
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Flowerburn Holiday Homes
Flowerburn Holiday Homes
3.5 out of 5
Eathie Road, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Scotland
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fortrose Cathedral, Groam House Museum and Fairy Glen Reserve. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Beautiful lodge in a lovely rural location
"Beautiful lodge set in a lovely rural location. The lodge is spacious with comfort throughout. Bedrooms are large enough and do a family of four happily. Living area had plenty space. Kitchen was fully equipped and vital in the Covid world as you can easily cook in it. WiFi excellent and tv offerings ..."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Flowerburn Holiday Homes
The Boat House - Detached Former Lifeboat Station, Beach Side Setting
The Boat House - Detached Former Lifeboat Station, Beach Side Setting
The Boat House, Marine Terrace, Fortrose, SCT
Situated in Fortrose, this golf holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Rosemarkie Beach and Groam House Museum. Moray Firth and Fairy Glen Reserve are also ...
The Boat House - Detached Former Lifeboat Station, Beach Side Setting
Three Bedroom Cottage on Chanonry Point
Three Bedroom Cottage on Chanonry Point
17 Ness Road, Fortrose, SCT
Situated in Fortrose, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Chanonry Point Lighthouse and Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club. Rosemarkie Beach and Groam House ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Chanonry point
"Great location if you’re keen to observe dolphins. Nearlby car park gets very full, so it’s great to be able to walk from cottage into the beach without the hassle if parking up"

Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2021

Three Bedroom Cottage on Chanonry Point
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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