Self Catering in the Black Isle
Despite its name, the Black Isle, just north of Inverness, is not an island but a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by water – the Cromarty Firth, the Beauly Firth and the Moray Firth to the east.
A very comfortable and welcoming Edwardian holiday home in a superb location right on Rosemarkie bay 5 minutes from Chanonry Point. Perfect for family holidays or get-togethers, golfing groups, dolphin watching or friends touring the Highlands
Number 8 - Avoch offers a comfortable home offering spacious accommodation from which you can explore the Black Isle and the wider Highland attractions. Avoch is a great location for enthusiasts of Walking, Cycling, Tourism and much more.
Attractive former croft house in rural setting 1.5mls from village of Beauly, can comfortably sleep 5, + 1 on a fold down bed.
An extended traditional cottage, sleeping 4, centrally situated in Rosemarkie. Off-road parking and garden. Very convenient for local shops and beach. Only a short distance from Dolphin watching.
Shoreview is a well presented one bedroom property located in the quiet village of North Kessock. A ten minute drive from the City of Inverness.
Two bedroomed semi-detached country cottage on the Black Isle not far from Culbokie. This pristine holiday cottage is in a quiet spot yet still within easy distance of Dingwall and Inverness. Decorated and equipped to a high standard.
A spotless, well-equipped cottage, sleeping 3, with stunning views down the Cromarty Firth located in peaceful, wildlife-rich grounds but ideally positioned for touring the Highlands.
Recently constructed log cabin situated close to Munlochy on the Black Isle, just 6 miles north of Inverness. 2 bedroom, sleeping up to 4 guests. named Red Kite due the frequent sightings of these birds of prey.
A traditional, semi-detached, sandstone cottage built over two storeys with garden back and front situated in a quiet cul-de-sac close to the shore.
Situated near to Muir of Ord, sleeps up to 7 guests in 4 bedrooms. Country location - The holiday home sits in a private landscaped enclosed garden on the outskirts of the Black Isle
Tucked away in a quiet location in Easter Kinkell on the Black Isle the Apartment offer spectacular views of Ben Wyvis and the Moray Firth. Just a 15 minute drive from Inverness and 10 minutes from Dingwall.
Situated in Avoch, sleeps up to 5 guests in 2 bedrooms. Situated close to the shore, local amenities and a short drive from Chanonry Point in Fortrose - a dolphin spotting national haven.
This B listed cottage retains much of its original design and features and has been fully modernised to the highest of standards. Well equipped accommodation, sleeping up to 4 guests
Traditional cosy cottage fully renovated in recent years with 3 bedrooms over 3 floors. With panoramic views over the harbour to while away the time relaxing, reading and watching the ever changing panoramic views of the landscape of Easter Ross and beyond.
Traditional terraced cottage in the quiet old town part of Cromarty. Completely refitted in 2007, provided clean, comfortable and warm accommodation for up to 8 guests in 4 bedrooms.
A spotless, well-equipped cottage, sleeping 4, with stunning views down the Cromarty Firth located in peaceful, wildlife-rich grounds but ideally positioned for touring the Highlands.
Black Isle Self Catering
Despite its name, holiday visitors do not need to go on a ferry to the Black Isle – it is actually a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Cromarty, Beauly and Moray Firths.
Lying to the north of Inverness, the Black Isle has long been known for its productive agricultural land and fishing villages. Today, the Black Isle is a popular tourism beauty spot, steeped in history and tradition, with a string of lovely villages. There are lots of wonderful things to see and do in the area – some highlights of the area include the well-known Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Course, the famous dolphin watching spot at Chanonry Point, the Fairy Glen nature reserve, picturesque Rosemarkie Beach and the historic village of Cromarty.
The Black Isle is compact and distinctive being just twenty three miles long by nine miles wide at its broadest point. The origins of its name are now lost in the mists of time but there are several competing theories for the Black Isle, or an t-Eilean Dubh in Scottish Gaelic. The most likely, and prosaic, explanation is that ‘black’ refers to the rich, black coloured soil that has proven so productive for countless generations of farmers. Roughly oval in shape, the Black Isle can be reached from the main A9 road when travelling from the north or south and via the A832 from the west. Conon Bridge is the first village on the Black Isle from the north west, with Muir of Ord and Beauly delineating the remainder of the boundary.
Other major towns and villages on the Black Isle include Cromarty, Munlochy, Avoch, Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Tore, North Kessock and Culbokie. We have a wide range of Black Isle self catering from holiday cottages and apartments to log cabins, all ideal for exploring the delights of the surrounding area as well as the wider Highland region.
Because of its rich farming land the Black Isle was one of the first places subjected to the Highland Clearances and was resettled by sheep farmers. However, there is evidence of the Black Isle being occupied for thousands of years. The remains of a crannog at Redcastle and several cairns dotted across the Black Isle indicate the peninsula has been home to people as far back as 1900 BC. There is a wealth of heritage in the Black Isle, from ruined castles to monuments that have remained almost untouched for hundreds of years.
For bird and nature lovers the Black Isle has much on offer, from Red Kites aplenty to thousands of wildfowl and wading birds in Munloch Bay and Udale Bay. Come an hour or two either side of high tide to be rewarded with spectacular views of flocks of flying birds. In autumn up to 5,000 wigeons feed, while if you want to see an osprey fishing in the water, late summer is the time to come.
And a self catering holiday doesn’t mean you have to eat in every night – there are a range of great places to eat in the area.