About this listing
COME AND STAY IN THE PICTURESQUE SEASIDE VILLAGE OF FORTROSE ON THE BLACK ISLE:-
*LOCAL AWARD WINNING CAMRA PUB AND RESTAURANT
*LARGE CLEAN DOUBLE ROOM WITH COMFORTABLE KINGSIZE BED
*LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND GUIDE BOOK
*TEA AND COFFEE FACILITIES IN ROOM
*BREAKFAST NOT INCLUDED but great cafe and bakery nearby or you can self cater
*SHARED BATHROOM AND KITCHEN
*DOLPHINS AND SEALS
*SANDY BEACH, CAVES AND ROCKPOOLS
*20 MIN DRIVE TO INVERNESS
*40 MIN DRIVE TO LOCH NESS
*2.5HR DRIVE TO THE ISLE OF SKYE
*2.5HR DRIVE TO JOHN O GROATS
The house is a 4 bedroomed Victorian stone built terrace house built in 1855, with many original features and is centrally situated on the main street in the village. It is within walking distance of all the attractions in Fortrose and it's neighboring villages.
The bedroom is on the first floor and has a comfortable King size bed, tea and coffee making facilities, freeview television and Broadband wifi. Towels are provided along with iron, hairdryer and a range of books and games. There is a lovely view from the window of the garden and farmland beyond.
There is a shared bathroom which has a bath with integral shower. The large garden with patio area and barbecue is a sunny spot to sit, and a great place to relax with a good book in the hammock at the top of the garden. The kitchen and living room are available to use, however, if we are at work, the dogs are contained in this area, and so, unless you are at ease with the dogs, no access is possible (this is only a maximum of 2-3 days a week until 5.30pm) . We are unable to provide breakfast as we both work, but the local cafe serves excellent Full Scottish and American breakfasts. Alternatively the local bakery serves takeaway breakfast sandwiches or if you wish to self cater there is a co-op grocery store in the village. You are welcome to use the washing machine in the kitchen, and the living room has an open fire. If traveling by car there are plenty of free parking spaces on the streets near the house.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN FORTROSE VILLAGE
The historic seaside village of Fortrose is on the Black Isle and lies fifteen miles north east of Inverness and is a forty minute drive from Inverness Airport and twenty minute drive from Inverness town centre. The Black Isle isn't actually an Island but a peninsula, encompassed by the Moray and Cromarty Firth. It also seems to have it's own micro-climate and benefits from low rainfall totals.
The village has a chemist, medical center, G.P.O., two A.T.M's, gift shop, public library, four churches and an antique shop. There are two cafes, two restaurants, two pubs, and a fish and chip shop. The Camra award winning Anderson Hotel is run by a friendly couple from America and has over one hundred Belgian Beers and more than two hundred different whiskeys. It also serves high quality international and Scottish cuisine, and has traditional music sessions every other sunday. It is featured in the lonely planet guide book. There is a local gym, eighteen hole golf course and a thirteenth century ruined cathedral set in a square of ancient yew trees. It's a five minute walk to the picturesque nineteenth century harbor designed by Thomas Telford. The lighthouse at Channonry Point is a pleasant two mile walk and a great spot for viewing dolphins, porpoises and seals which feed on the wild salmon in the Firth. The Black Isle is known for it's population of red kites and has several RSPB sites for bird watching. We have recently sited deer, otters and a pine martin nearby. There are also tennis, volley ball and badminton courts to use in the village.
The neighbouring villages are also worth a visit. Avoch is an old fishing village with lots of little stonebuilt fishermans cottages and runs dolphin trips from the harbor. It has a great Chinese and Indian take away too. Munlochy has the Allen Grange Arms pub with wonderful A'lacart restaurant. Rosemarkie village has a beautiful sandy beach 2min drive away with rockpools, sandunes and caves to explore. It also has two cafes, a pub, a delicatesan, gift shop and museum and two restaurants. Horse drawn carriage rides operate from the village and there are lots of great walks nearby that we would be happy to show you.
Cromarty village is situated on the tip of the peninsula, and is a twenty minute drive or bus ride away. It is an old fishing village complete with beach and lighthouse. A small car ferry runs from the harbor across the Cromarty Firth to Nigg to allow greater ease to explore the east coast of the Highlands. The Eco-venture company provides boat trips to explore the nearby wildlife. There are great views from South Sutor, a hill at the mouth of the Firth, which is accessible via a popular walk . Cromarty has a bakery, G.P.O. gift shop, A.T.M , two pubs, a cafe, antique shop, pottery shop and an excellent restaurant that serves pizzas baked in a wood fired oven and local seafood. There are also two museums in the village. We are happy to pre-book a table for you to eat out in the evening as they become quite busy during the summer months and generally stop serving at 9pm.
There are extensive mountain bike tracks on the Black Isle and quad bikes to hire on the local farm. It is a great base to explore the whole of the Highlands. We can recommend great spots to view Loch Ness or take a boat trip along the Loch to Urchart Castle. There are excellent bus links (no.26 Stagecoach bus) to Inverness where it is possible to travel by train, plane, coach or car to explore the rest of the Highlands. Inverness Tourist information office also organises trips to Loch Ness( approx. 40min drive) and the Orkney Islands etc. John o groats is another 3 hr drive north and the Isle of Skye 2 and a half hrs drive west.
We have compiled a guide book of the local attractions for your use and are always available to give more information and would love to show you the local area.
Smoking only allowed in the garden.
Dogs are welcome but not to be left unattended in the room or allowed on the furniture. The local pubs all allow dogs in there public bars.
Please be quiet after 11pm.
We can inform you well in advance of the times the kitchen and living room will be available for use, evenings are definitely free.
Our stay with Mike and Rachel was extraordinary. Their home is both elegant and extremely comfortable. The town and environs were idyllic. We enjoyed every minute and were deeply grateful for their kindness and hospitality. We hope to return to this marvelous village!
Hôtes accueillant bien leurs invités et prêts à répondre à leurs sollicitations: réponses intéressantes sur les lieux à visiter, plans de randonnées, etc
Disponibilité en semaine restreinte du fait de leur emplois du temps professionnels contraints
Logement et sites très agréables
Rachel and Mike are wonderful hosts. They were so welcoming and they provided a very thick binder with maps, pamphlets and info on the local sights and restaurants. We didn't see them basically after we checked in but that was because we were rushing to do so much in two days.
The place was beautiful, a big soft bed, water, tea and cookies right by the bedside! Mike and Rachel also have 2 beautiful dogs, who are very friendly, kept downstairs and didn't make a peep.
Fortrose is beautiful. Mike and Rachel's home is right across from the bus stop, which is a 20 min ride from Inverness, a 30 min stroll from dolphins( they come by around 2pm) and a golf course and a beautiful beach.
If you're looking for a serene getaway, this is the place.
Its a beautyful appartment in a wonderful town. Just across the street of a really nice Pub and restaurant.
Mike and Rachel are perfect hosts!
We would definitly book again!!!
Mike and Rachel were very welcoming and liked to chat. They provided us with plenty information about Fortrose, Inverness and Scotland. Their dogs are very friendly and like to be petted. The house is in the town centre, very close to bus stop, bakery and pub. It has a good connection to Inverness by bus (half hour ride). The room is very nice just next to large bathroom. It was a very pleasant stay and we will recommend them to others!
We stayed for 2 nights and it was all perfect!!! Very friendly and helpfully hosts :-)
Thank you for all
About the Host, Mike And Rachel
Our interests lie mainly in hill walking, cycling and camping which is one of the reasons we decided to move to the Highlands 8 yrs ago from England. We both work as nurses at the main Hospital in Inverness and we love living in this picturesque village. We enjoy walking the dogs on the beach every day. They are both eight year old female mongrel dogs and are very soft and placid, although they do bark out of excitement when people come to the door.
We have an allotment where we attempt to grow our own vegetables. We love to travel and attend the local gym in order to stay fit enough to go on the walking holidays we enjoy. Socially we are quite active and enjoy meeting friends in local pubs and restaurants as well as watching cinema, theatre and live music in Inverness.
We are used to sharing our house with others and have had lodgers for the past 7 years. Currently, we have one female lodger who are very quiet and friendly, she is a nurse only stays with us a few days a month so you may not meet her.