The Black Isle

The Black Isle
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) with Salmon

The Black Isle

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The Bonnie Black Isle is, on a bright summer’s day, not black. Nor, on any other day is it an island. “Bonnie” (Scots for “beautiful”) however, it assuredly is and it affords the visitor many beautiful views, seascapes, wildlife and places of interest. The “Isle” is in fact a peninsula strategically lying between the broad expanses of two Firths, Moray and Cromarty.

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The Bonnie Black Isle is, on a bright summer’s day, not black. Nor, on any other day is it an island. “Bonnie” (Scots for “beautiful”) however, it assuredly is and it affords the visitor many beautiful views, seascapes, wildlife and places of interest. The “Isle” is in fact a peninsula strategically lying between the broad expanses of two Firths, Moray and Cromarty.

Manageable in a morning is a trip to Cromarty, there looking across the narrows, the Suttors of Cromarty and Northwards to the seaboard villages of Easter Ross. Invergordon, still visited by the “High Seas Fleet”, is one of the best natural deepwater anchorages in Europe and the scene of the only ever recorded mutiny in the British Royal Navy. At Cromarty there is an opportunity to visit the ancient Courthouse and the home of world famous geologist Hugh Miller.

Chanory Point at Fortrose is probably the best viewpoint to catch a glimpse of the Moray Firth’s colony of Bottlenosed Dolphins if they are to oblige us, as they often do. This is also the historic scene of the ignominious end of Kenneth MacKenzie, the Gaelic Seer who made the mistake of offending the wife of the Earl of Seaforth (Clan MacKenzie) with one of his prophecies. The fact that it came true being no mitigation!

Fortrose Cathedral dates from the 13th century, though it was extended and altered in the 14th and 15th centuries. Charles I tried to encourage repairs in 1626 as part of his attempts to restructure the Church of Scotland on the same lines as the Anglican or English church. Stone was reputedly looted from here by Oliver Cromwell to build his citadel fort in Inverness.

The Priory at Beauly is associated with many prominent luminaries, none more so than Mary, Queen of Scots.

Learn today the significance of a “Clootie Well” and visit one nearby. Note: Only a distant relative of a “Clootie Dumpling”.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Destination of your choice in Scotland (supplement fee may apply for long distant pickup/drop off)
DEPARTURE TIME Available at anytime. Tour duration is approximately 8-10 hours
EXTRA HOURS Duration of your is determined by the amount of time spent by passengers at each venue.  Additional hours charged at £40 per hour Sterling for a saloon car up to 3 passengers or £50 per hour Sterling for a minibus up to 7 passengers.
INCLUDED
Professional Guide Ask about the “Craic”
 Bespoke Tours Culturally Aware
 Music Linked  Ancestry Conscious
Geographically Structed Pre-Planned Photostops
Entry fee to visitor centres
Guide gratuity

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Number of People

Up to 3 Passengers, 4-7 Passengers

Tour Hours

10, 8, 9

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